Bring your business to life

  • Are you feeling uncomfortable about your ability to run your business?
  • Do you need some additional skills development?

Why not undertake a business skills short course as part of the Self-Employment Assistance Program

The Self-Employment Assistance Program is funded by the Australian Federal Government and is aimed at assisting current and aspiring business owners, providing a range of support services to meet their needs of setting up or running a successful small business.

The Self‑Employment Assistance Program replaces the New Business Assistance with NEIS program as of 1 July 2022.

The program’s flexibility allows you, if eligible, to choose the support that best fits your needs to start or run a successful small business.

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This support includes: 

  • Exploring Self-Employment Workshops 
  • Small business training 
  • Help to develop a business plan 
  • Small business coaching 
  • Business health checks 
  • Business advice sessions 

Skill sets currently offered

BSBSS00102 - Micro Business Skill Set

Delivered online and in the classroom, this course addresses the skills and knowledge to investigate and plan a micro business..

Study units

  • BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities
  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans.

Find out more about BSBSS00102 - Micro Business Skill Set.

BSBSS00103 - New Business Ventures Skill Set

Delivered online and in the classroom, this skill set addresses the skills and knowledge to plan and develop new business ventures for a business generating self-employment, or for an existing organisation. 

Study units

  • BSBESB301 Investigate business opportunities
  • BSBESB302 Develop and present business proposals
  • BSBESB303 Organise finances for new business ventures
  • BSBESB304 Determine resource requirements for new business ventures.

Find out more about BSBSS00103 - New Business Ventures Skill Set.

Access a range of services

Connecting to this micro business and start-up program will give you access to a range of services including:

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  • Exploring self-employment workshops to help you understand what self-employment is.  
  • Business plan development 
  • Accredited small business training to provide you with the skills to start and run your business. 
  • One-on-one business advice sessions and health checks, if eligible. 
  • Financial support while you start and run your business as part of small business coaching, if eligible. 


To be eligible for Self-Employment Assistance Program you must:  

Personal eligibility 

  • be at least 15 years of age (or at least 18 years of age to access Small Business Coaching)
  • be an Australian citizen, holder of a permanent visa, or a nominated Visa Holder (including a New Zealand Special Category Visa, Temporary Protection Visa Holder, and a Safe Haven Visa Holder)
  • not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • meet any additional eligibility criteria specific to the Self-Employment Assistance service you have chosen.
  • Please note that Transcend are only contracted to provide support to participants in the South Eastern Melbourne and Peninsula region.

Self employed

If you are already self employed or have a business idea, contact us to discuss your eligibility and options. 

How to find out more and apply