[NSW] Free TAFE Education for Small Businesses (ABN Required), e.g. Save $5,910 for Certificate IV in New Small Business

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The most common challenges faced by the small and entrepreneurial business community are digital awareness, financial literacy, taxation, and access to capital. The NSW Government has partnered with TAFE NSW to deliver the Skills for Business initiative, through which you can get fully-subsidised skills training. This will help enable your business to be better prepared for the digital future, will help you become even more competitive and will ultimately create more jobs for the people of NSW. All Skills for Business training is offered online via TAFE Digital.

To access Skills for Business training, you must:

  • be a full-time employee or owner of a registered business in NSW, or a business trading in NSW;
  • be no longer at school;
  • be living or working in NSW; and
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen; and have fewer than 200 employees. Priority will be given to businesses with fewer than 19 employees.

You can choose to complete:

  • Financial and Digital literacy skills for small business;
  • Certificate IV in New Small Business; and
  • 'Business Bytes' tutorials.

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Comments

  • -1 vote

    Finally nsw govt doing something useful

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    Interesting…

  • +7 votes

    I Wish this was in VIC

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    I did something similar in Brisbane called NEIS. Company I worked for went bust at the end of 2015 and it was very hard to find a new job, so I decided to start my own business. Got a free Certificate IV in Small Business Management, the course was provided by Sarina Russo.

    NEIS provides accredited training, business mentoring and support to help individuals start their own business. NEIS is delivered by a network of 21 providers nationally.

    A total of 8,600 NEIS places are available each financial year.

    NEIS provides people with:

    accredited small business training
    mentoring and support in the first year of their new business
    income support (NEIS Allowance) for up to 39 weeks (if eligible) and
    NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible)

    https://www.jobs.gov.au/self-employment-new-enterprise-incen...

    • +8 votes

      I thought u were gonna give ur opion about it? was it good? is it still free?

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        I didn't give my opinion as this is different to what's posted - just a similar option for those outside of NSW.

        It was good if you genuinely want to start your own business and want some support along the way, and it is free if you are approved + government assistance for several months.

    • +2 votes

      slow clap

    • +1 vote

      Was it good? Do you now manage your own business?

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      You cant access nies unless you have been long term unemployed :'(

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        Yes you can.

        What are the eligibility criteria?

        Job seekers can participate in NEIS if they’re:

        . fully eligible for jobactive or
        . are a Disability Employment Services
        participant in the Employment Assistance Phase
        . Participating in jobactive as a volunteer, and can start in NEIS before the end of your period of service

        To be eligible for jobactive:
        jobactive services are generally available if you get an income support payment, such as Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance (other), or Parenting Payment, and have mutual obligation requirements. Mutual obligations are certain things that you need to do in return for your payment, like look for work.

        The Australian Government Department of Human Services will assess your circumstances and eligibility for jobactive and refer you to a jobactive provider.

        If you aren’t on income support, or you are receiving income support and don’t have mutual obligations, you may be able to volunteer for jobactive services if you:

        are not working or studying full-time, and
        have the right to work in Australia

        So, looking at that, got don't even need to be on income support. You can simply volunteer to participate in jobactive, and, assuming they allow you in, apply to a NEIS provider for a place in their course.

        The smarter thing to do would be to shop your business idea with the providers first, to see if they would take you on with that idea before jumping through the hoops to get eligible. If they like your idea they'd likely help you get eligible.

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          I am actually speaking from recent experience, not a quick google and self-deduce. We tried to get it when we opened the bistro last month. Did not qualify because of leaving employment to open business. Soo yeah. One does not simply walk into Centrelink and get on a job active program when you are fully employed. There are criteria for all Centrelink services.

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          @stormii: You said "long term unemployed". That isn't correct.

          I taught NEIS for a while, so I'm also speaking from experience, not just "a quick Google search" . I also worked on the team selecting participants and provided assistance to prospective applicants.

          Next time, however, I'll not bother to try to help you. My apologies.

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          @kale chips suck: If you were helpful I would be on NIES now. My point is your everyday employed person has no access to it, you tried to make it sound like I didnt know what i was talking about, and in turn, further misled ordinary working people, leading them to believe they could access a program reserved for Centrelink beneficiaries only.

        • -2 votes

          @stormii:If that was your point, your should have said that, and not something incorrect.

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          @kale chips suck: Well it is relative, my version of long term unemeployed and yours may differ. The 6 weeks to wait for the dole and then the 3 months wait to be eligible for the program is a long damn time to me. You cant be jobless for a fortnight and access this stuff.

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          @stormii:"Long term unemployed" is defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and had been for decades. That's the one everyone but you uses. Do you also have your own, unique, definition for a kilogram? Knots?

          Incidentally, it's NEIS, not NIES, and you say you "tried to get it when you opened the bistro last month" - you would never get NEIS training for an existing business, such as your bistro. You might get it for a small scale business you'd already started, by explaining that your were using the market and "geared up" yet. But it's expressly not for existing businesses.

          Also, and I realise I'm flogging a dead horse now, but you don't actually even have to be unemployed. You can volunteer for jobactive whilst working part time, and being in jobactive makes you eligible - assuming your business idea meets the other requirements. I'll quote the department again, then I'm done here.

          "If you aren’t on income support, or you are receiving income support and don’t have mutual obligations, you may be able to volunteer for jobactive services if you:

          are not working or studying full-time, and have the right to work in Australia"

          Best of luck with your business.

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          @kale chips suck: As I said, the ordinary WORKING Australian can't get it. You go about like everyone is on a payment. I don't care if the acronym is wrong, my point is the same and you cant out spin it. NEIS is for Centrelink recipients, not ordinary fulltime workers. My bistro was started from scratch, not taken over. We qualified on every level except the fact we were already working fulltime. People like you had spruked this scheme as you have and made us think anyone could get NEIS and I wish to clarify it for people so they dont factor it into their plans as I did. By the way, we are doing well on our much reduced income as we start up, but damn that NEIS payment would give us a lot more security. These courses however are dead useful, accessible, and thanks OP for posting them.

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    I prefer hair dressing certificate.

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    Great initiative for people looking to start their own business.

    timing wise it is not the best, so small shops going bust.

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    In step 3, it only provide option to select units from Financial and Digital literacy skills for small business.

    How can you select certifixate lV?

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    would a small charity count as a small business,
    or a small not for profit ?

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    Which is better to get? The cert IV in business or the financial and digital literacy skills?

    Reading through the syllabus I'd probably go for the cert 4

  • +2 votes

    Would this be likely to happen in QLD?

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    "How to survive your business?" - does this course exist?

  • +1 vote

    How are these online courses assessed?

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    Can we do the course if still at uni?

    • +1 vote

      Check what else your uni has available. Intro to Marketing and Intro to Management were kind of fun.
      Our uni also has intro mamagement for professionals (which I was thinking of doing to help me running own clinical psych practice later on) .
      Also, my uni has programs running for start up bussinesses . You can even get funding also. They required you to have a new and innovative bussiness plan for the grant, and they required I go in their everyday and rent office space (which was what really stopped me from being interested) .

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    So if you do the financial and digital literacy skills units, you don't qualify for a Cert 4, you just get a statement of attainement??
    The units in the cert 4 course sound boring compared to the ones in the digital and financial literacy streams.

  • +1 vote

    Friend with business says thanks :)

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    Which one for Tax and Accounting? This is my weak suit

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      You might be better off hiring a book keeper, and sticking to what you are best at.
      My cleaner started up with Jims Cleaning bussiness. Although she could do books herself, she was finding she was spending too much time after a long days work, doing invoices and books, and she found it much easier and more efficient to hire book keeper. Of course, shop around and find a good book keeper for a good price, if you choose to go down that route.

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    tafe is a lot more expensive than when I went there circa 2000! think I paid a few hundred per year for a diploma

  • +1 vote

    Is this just a course to ensure you accurately and efficiently give a portion of your hard earned money to the government?

  • +1 vote

    Has anyone done this course and can they speak to it’s quality?

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    Sooo… How can i "entrepeneur" this and sell it to all the budding "entrepreneurs" at network21 events?

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    Finally I can run my brothel properly.

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    Is anyone else having trouble getting past the Eligibility page? I seem to be eligible but it just takes me back to a blank form everytime i click "continue to course"