Older Territorians are set to benefit from a programme designed to help them get into self-employment and work for themselves.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, is pleased Darwin will be one of the new locations for the expansion of the Entrepreneurship Facilitators programme which promotes self-employment among older Australians.
Facilitators will offer mentoring and business support, engage with relevant community organisations to increase awareness of the opportunities available through self-employment and refer participants to the most appropriate assistance available in the region, including to the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme.
“Many older Territorians are well placed to consider self-employment and I look forward to this initiative helping many people here in the Top End,” Senator Scullion said.
“The new Entrepreneurship Facilitator will offer locals free mentoring and business support and refer them to assistance in their region, including the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme.”
The three existing facilitators, who have had a focus on young people, have proved to be very successful – providing assistance to over 15,000 people in 18 months.
The Coalition Government’s 2018–19 Budget includes the More Choices for a Longer Life package, which invests in a range of jobs and skills measures, including help for older Australians to explore self-employment.
The $189.7 million package includes $17.7 million for an expansion of the Entrepreneurship Facilitators programme to 20 additional locations to promote self-employment among older Australians.
The 20 new Facilitators will be selected through a competitive process and start delivering services from January next year.
For more details and a list of the 20 regions the new Entrepreneurship Facilitators will be located in, go to https://www.jobs.gov.au/entrepreneurship-facilitators.