Self-Employment Assistance 

Thinking about Self‑Employment? Think TAG!

Our tailored Self-Employment Assistance Program can help you get your idea off the ground, or take your existing business to the next level.

With a comprehensive range of free services ranging from one-on-one Business Advice Sessions to a structured 12-month package of Small Business Coaching, our expert Business Advisors can give you the support you need to succeed.

Business Plan Development

Our business experts help you create a comprehensive business plan to identify strategies for success and forecast your business cash flow for 2 years into the future.

Business Advice Sessions

Targeted hour long advice sessions specific to you and your business idea or existing business. You can access a maximum of 2 sessions a year.

Business Health Checks

If you’re an existing business owner, business health checks help you assess the current status of your business and find ways to improve its viability. Delivered over 3 hours in a 1-1 session, and you can access one session a year.

Small Business Coaching

Over the course of a year, you’ll receive business coaching from your own personal business mentor who will give you the guidance and support to reach your goals.

Small Business Training

Our accredited training programs provide you with the skills you need to start operating your small business with confidence.

Self-Employment Workshops

Do you have a business idea but are not sure if it’s feasible?

Do you want to set your own schedule and have control over your working life?

Do you want to be your own boss?


Self-Employment could be the answer!


This Free Exploring Self-Employment Workshop is designed to give you an understanding of Self-Employment and entrepreneurship. The workshop is fully funded by the Department of Employment & Workplace Relations and will cover 5 key topics to give you an understanding of how to start your own business and help you decide whether Self-Employment is right for you.


The Workshop

The 5 topics covered in the workshop are:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Business Idea Generation and Validation
  3. Start-Up Essentials
  4. Going Digital
  5. Branding and Marketing


Completing the Workshop

Upon completion of the workshop, if you would like to pursue Self-Employment and start your own business, we can then assist you with the Self-Employment Assistance Program.


To be eligible for the Self-Employment Assistance program, you must:

  • be at least 15 years of age (a person must be 18 years of age to access Small Business Coaching)
  • be:
    • an Australian citizen, or
    • the 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 Service(s)

Business Eligibility Criteria:

  • Existing business or business idea has been assessed as Viable by the Provider
  • Business is either a new business or a business which is operated by an Eligible Business Owner Eligible Business Owner’ means the owner of an existing micro-business (with less than 4 employees) that is either not currently Operating Commercially or is in danger of not Operating Commercially within the next 12 months.
  • Business has an independent business structure
  • Business is lawful and capable of withstanding public scrutiny
  • Business will be, or is, established, located, and operated solely within Australia, and
  • Business will be, or is, structured so the Participant has and will maintain a controlling interest over the business throughout the duration of the Participant’s time accessing the Services.

Note: To access any Service a Participant must have a business idea or existing business that meets the Business Eligibility Criteria, apart from Exploring Self-Employment Workshops or a Business Advice Session