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Workforce Australia - Self-Employment Assistance

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Birdifi Bridge and
Self-Employment Assistance

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From 1 July 2022, Self-Employment Assistance replaces the NEIS program.


Self-Employment Assistance helps people to become financially independent by starting and running a small business. Birdifi Bridge provides a range of services including: Exploring Self-Employment Workshops, Small Business Training, Business Plan Development, Small Business Coaching, Business Health Checks and Business Advice Sessions. 

Providing you meet the eligibility requirements, these services are free. You can do all of them, or select only the ones you want to do. 

Whether you are dreaming of entrepreneurship, have a great idea, or have an existing small business that needs help to keep it viable, Birdifi Bridge can help you. We will work with you to determine which service(s) is right for you and get you started.

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Self-Employment Assistance


Birdifi Bridge offers 6 free Self-Employment Assistance Services for eligible individuals and businesses. 

You can do all of them or only select the ones you want to do. 

Exploring Self- Employment Workshop

This Workshop provides information about self-employment and helps you generate and test your business idea.  It is delivered over 25hrs and will help you make an informed decision as to whether you want to pursue self-employment.

Small Business

Connecting you to a business mentor for up to 12 months, who will give you guidance, coaching and other business support. If you're eligible you can also receive a Self-Employment allowance for up to 39 weeks, and Self-Employment Rental Assistance for 26 weeks.

Small Business

Small Business Training provides you with the skills you need to start and run a  small business. You can access accredited training and choose to do a shorter skillset or a longer certificate lll or lV in Entrepreneurship and New Business. 

Business Advice

Business Advice Sessions can offer targeted advice relating to your business idea or existing business. 


Each session is delivered over the course of an hour, and you can access a maximum of 2 sessions a year. 

Business Plan Development

Preparing a viable business plan can help your business succeed by identifying strategies for success and forecasting your business cash flow. We can then assess your business plan and provide independent feedback on the likely viability of your business.

Business Health

Business Health Checks help business owners assess how their existing business is running and to find ways to improve its viability.   A business health check is delivered over 3 hours in a one-on-one session, and you can access one health check each year.  

Who Can Apply
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Who Can Apply for
Self-Employment Assistance

To be eligible to access Self-Employment Assistance  you must: 

  • be at least 15 years of age 

  • not be prohibited by law from working in Australia 

  • not be an overseas visitor on a working holiday visa or an overseas student studying in Australia 

  • not be an undischarged bankrupt. 

Additional service specific eligibility requirements may apply. If you’re already self-employed or have a business idea, your local Self-Employment Assistance provider Birdifi Bridge will work with you to assess if your business or business idea is eligible.

Birdifi Bridge offers Self Employment Assistance Services within the Somerset region. The Somerset region includes the Brisbane CBD, Caboolture and Kilcoy


You can view an interactive map of the region here

Learn More

Learn more about Self-Employment Assistance with Birdifi Bridge.

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Did you know?

If you're eligible to apply for Self-Employment Assistance, you may still need to meet certain eligibility requirements for each chosen service.

To find out more, scroll down to see the services available and click 'see more' to see the eligibility criteria for each of your chosen service/s.

Help to get started!

​​Did you know that when you enter into in Small Business Coaching, you may be eligible to receive Self-Employment Allowance for up to 39 weeks (paid fortnightly) and Self-Employment Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks. 

Even if you’re not receiving income support payments, you can still access the same services to help you start and run your own business

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Accelerating your success

In addition to the services provided under Self-Employment Assistance, Birdifi Bridge helps you accelerate your success by providing you the option of accessing a range of free accelerators, including weekly networking.

Join a free online Self- Employment Assistance 
information session

Attend a live Self-Employment Assistance info session to ask questions and learn;

  • How Self-Employment Assistance works

  • What you can expect from Self-Employment Assistance

  • What business ideas are eligible

  • How we help get you started

This information sessions run for 30 mins. Click the button below to register

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Why Choose Birdifi Bridge

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We are start-up and small business experts, with a real understanding of what it takes to be successful. We 'walk the walk'.

We are passionate about helping you and your business succeed. Quite simply: your success is our measure of success.

We remove the barriers to your success, by providing free business accelerators including regular networking events.

We take a holistic approach to entrepreneurship, focusing on both the business and the founder. Because you can't have success in one without success in the other.

Our approach is focused on action and iteration. You can't just plan your way to success, you need to implement your plan and play in order to win.

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