Frequently asked questions
Am I eligible?
a woman aged 50 or over
an Australian citizen or permanent resident
on Newstart allowance or equivalent (Cohort 1 only)
in social housing (Cohort 1 only)
limited in employment - either unemployed or underemployed
motivated and keen to work.
How much of my time will it take me?
We are looking for a minimum commitment of twelve months from you to complete this program. This could be between one to five days a week over the course of a year.
How will this project benefit me?
Long term benefits include:
increasing skills and opportunities for employment
less reliance on welfare
be a role model for other women and family members and following generations
develop social relationships and meet new people
contribute to the broader community.
Do I need to have business skills?
have basic organisational and/or administration skills, e.g. managing a household budget, being involved as part of a team, volunteer work, caring for others,
have basic literacy and numeracy skills, e.g. able to complete basic reporting paperwork as required for the program,
are motivated and keen to work.
Do I need to have a business idea?
Is it compulsory for me to work with other women in partnerships?
It is not compulsory to work with other women in a business. We would still like you to form support groups with other women. This is one of the key components of the program to help you build social relationships.
What happens if I cannot manage the business?
What happens if there are conflicts between the partners/groups?
How will this affect my Centrelink benefits?
Can we spend any profits we make?
The project team will assist the groups to develop business plans which will include consideration of how any profits will be re-invested and/or shared. As the project team need to assess the progress of each of the businesses, income and expenditure associated with the business will need to be reported each week.
What happens to the business at the end of the year?
After a year, the group can decide if they want to continue the business or whether they want to close it.