Sea to Valley Startups

Promoting small business ownership and self-employment to create jobs, grow the economy and improve labour outcomes, across the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Yorke Peninsula, and the Mid North in South Australia.


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Helping people to start successful businesses.  This new, flexible self-employment program will allow Australians to access tailored support to start and run viable small businesses.

Working with unemployed people and job seekers; those who are under-employed and seeking a side hustle; owners of existing micro-businesses; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, refugees, people with disability, and Indigenous Australians.

The program is open to people who are unemployed, under-employed and owners of existing micro-businesses (with up to 4 employees) who need support for the business to be commercially viable.

Sea to Valley Startups delivers services that:

  • increase awareness of opportunities for self-employment by promoting small business ownership as a path to financial independence
  • achieve labour market outcomes by supporting unemployed and under-employed Australians to become self-employed business owners
  • help existing micro-business owners improve your viability by delivering services that maximise the likelihood that your businesses will operate commercially.

Funded by the Australian Government, via Workforce Australia, book in for a 15 minute chat via to see if Self-Employment Assistance is for you.

Aiming for outcomes of:

  • Commercially viable and successful small businesses
  • Creating work and earn an income
  • Overcoming barriers
  • Running a viable small business
  • Starting a business
  • Sustainable self-employment


To be eligible you must:

  • be at least 15 years of age (a person must be 18 years of age to access Small Business Coaching)
  • not be prohibited by law from working in Australia
  • not be an overseas visitor on a working holiday visa or an overseas student studying in Australia
  • not be an undischarged bankrupt.

Some services available through Self-Employment Assistance will also have additional eligibility criteria. For example, to access Small Business Coaching you must have an eligible business idea or existing business. This means your business idea or existing business must:

  • be either a new business or a micro-business (up to 4 employees) at risk of not operating commercially
  • be assessed as viable by your Self-Employment Assistance provider
  • have an independent business structure
  • be lawful and capable of withstanding public scrutiny
  • be established, located, and operated solely within Australia
  • be structured so you will maintain a controlling interest over the business through your time accessing the Services.

You may also be eligible for financial support while you start and run your business as part of Small Business Coaching.

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Focused on Self-Employment and your growth


Supporting you with:

  • Accredited small business training (optional)
  • Business advice sessions
  • Business expenses
  • Business health checks/Get Stuff Done sessions
  • Business plan development
  • Exploring self-employment workshops
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Referrals to and from small business support programs and services
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Tailored support over a 12 month package of Small Business Coaching.


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