What the Association Does

As a member of the National Self-Employment Association, you may wonder what the Association does for our members.
Our efforts include representing the member body to government, so that we can help make the Self-Employment Initiative a success for providers, participants and the Australian Government who funds the programs.

For over 30 years the association has lobbied for improved content to closely held contracts. Our job of informing the government on what works and what doesn’t, gives us the opportunity to give feedback on how their guidelines work when applied to those who access our assistance.

In addition to lobbying activities, we ensure, as a Board, that the Association remains financially viable so that we can continue the work that is important. This means that we calculate membership fees, manage sponsorships and research additional funding opportunities.

Sourcing and providing free and low-cost Professional Development is also a way that we can support the growth and development of the members and their staff, along with support Resources including Industry Benchmark Reports, access to Insurance broking services and information, and templates that can be used throughout the program.

The Board of Directors meets monthly to share and discuss feedback from members and participants that may be able to improve the conditions of the contract. They also attend an Annual Planning meeting where the Strategic and Business Plan for the coming year is presented, discussed and approved.

If you would like to become active as a Board member, you can nominate during the process of our Annual General Meeting, where the Board of Directors is elected by members for a two-year term.

About NSEA

The National Self-Employment Association Ltd. (NSEA) was formed in February 1995, originally as the National NEIS Association, to represent the organisations providing Self-Employment Assistance, on behalf of the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. NSEA assists members to maintain the quality of the program through professional development activities and acts as a conduit between providers and government decision-makers. In addition to supporting members, NSEA is also able to assist in answering questions people may have about the program and the services available through Self-Employment Assistance.

The Association has a part-time Chief Executive Officer and is reliant on the voluntary services of its Board of Directors. The Association represents over 90% of Australia’s Self-Employment Assistance providers and over 90% of the nation’s delivery of Self-Employment Assistance places; take a moment to meet our members.

NSEA values the opportunity to work with various industry partners to assist both Self-Employment Assistance providers and their clients, including our strategic alliance with insurance brokers BizCover.

About the Self-Employment Assistance program

For more than 35 years, the Australian Government has supported more than 250,000 people to start their own small business through Self-Employment Assistance, formerly known as NEIS. For more information on the Self-Employment Assistance Program please see our FAQs, or contact your nearest Self-Employment Assistance provider.

To find your nearest Self-Employment Assistance provider please use the postcode search tool.

Board Members


Mel Richards

Mel is the National Operation Managers for Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs, supporting the team across QLD, NSW, VIC and SA. Mel has been working in employment services since 2012, joining the NEIS team with Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs as a trainer and business coach in 2013.

Mel Richards

Vice Chairperson

Adam Collison

Adam is the General Manager of Complementary Programs at APM Employment, one of Australia’s leading providers of government funded employment services.
He is currently Vice Chairperson of the National Self-Employment Association.

Adam Collison