What is the self-employment allowance for Centrelink?

Self-Employment allowance is a program that provides personalized support to help those wanting to become self-employed, or small business owners who are struggling to keep their existing business viable.

Your Self-Employment Assistance provider will assess your business idea to ensure it meets the business eligibility criteria. Your proposed business:

  • Cannot be operated on a commercial basis.
  • Must have an independent structure.
  • Is lawful and capable of withstanding public scrutiny.
  • Has been assessed as commercially viable by your Self-Employment Assistance provider.
  • Must be established, located, and operated solely within Australia.
  • You must maintain a controlling interest while participating in the Self-Employment Assistance program.
Accessing Self-Employment Assistance

ETC provides Self-Employment Assistance in the NSW Hunter, New England North West & North Coast regions and QLD Gold Coast, Brisbane South East, Somerset, Wivenhoe, & Wide Bay Sunshine Coast regions.

If you live outside of these locations, then you will need to contact another provider for these programs. You can find a list of providers on the Workforce Australia providers page.
You can fill out an inquiry on the ETC website if you are within these locations.
Alternatively, you can contact your local Workforce Australia, or Disability Employment provider for contact details.

You can reach out to Centrelink directly or visit their official website for more information on the self-employment allowance. They can provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information based on your specific circumstances and guide you through the application process.