||[Nov. 23rd, 2007|12:19 pm]
I have a letter informing me that I have been accepted into the NEIS "Small Business Management" Certificate IV course starting on January 7th (and ending mid February).|
Formal completion of the Certificate IV would possibly entitle me to NEIS allowance which is paid by the Department of Workplace Relations for a period of "up to 52 weeks". This is roughly the amount of time I could legally remain on the NewStart allowance (the dole) which is only paid to those under the age of 65 (subject to whatever rules a new government may impose) and is less restrictive than the dole - i.e without income deeming rules and there would be no questions regarding registering an ABN (Australian Business Number). Registering an ABN could lead to complications under the dole. With NEIS it is expected that a person will register an Australian Business Number (ABN) with the Australian Tax Office.
If I manage to survive the six weeks then I'd be out of DEN (which is pretty useless for people in my circumstances). During the the course I would receive NewStart allowance but would not be required to attend DEN sessions (such as they are worth).
I have been keeping my financial records up to date but have been spending (such as on the bicycle - which I believe to beneficial to my health if used). I need to curtail spending. A short contract between now and Christmas would come in handy - as I am medically clear for the time being. On Monday I'll let a few agencies know my position to determine if they have any short term contracts.