Entrepreneurship Facilitators


Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide practical assistance to support and encourage individuals to start a business as a way to create their own job.

They offer free mentoring and business support, engage with relevant community organisations to increase community awareness of the opportunities available through self-employment, and refer Australians to the most appropriate assistance available to them in the region, including New Business Assistance with NEIS.

Currently, Entrepreneurship Facilitators work in three areas with high youth unemployment and lower than average business activity to promote entrepreneurship and self-employment among young people.

The three current Entrepreneurship Facilitators work in Cairns (Queensland), the Hunter including Newcastle (NSW), and Launceston and North-East Tasmania.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship among older Australians - from January 2019

From January 2019, an additional 20 Entrepreneurship Facilitators will encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment among mature age Australians including those at risk of unemployment due to structural changes in the economy. The new facilitators will focus on providing support to mature age people, but anyone wanting to start their own business can access the services.

The locations of the facilitators is available on this page.

The Request for Tender for Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services 2019–2022 is now closed. More information is available from the Request for Tender for Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services 2019–2022 webpage.

Applications closed on Friday 24 August 2018 at 12 noon (Canberra time).

The facilitators will be placed in the following locations:

What services do Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide?

The Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide a range of services, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing information and tailored advice to clients about business start-up, including:
    • holding information sessions and networking events to provide information and advice about starting and running a business;
    • providing ongoing mentoring assistance and advice, directly or through a mentor network;
    • connecting clients to other services that help people start their own business; and
    • marketing and providing information and advice about entrepreneurship and starting a business in their region.

Who can access services?

Anyone wanting to start their own business can access services from an Entrepreneurship Facilitator in one of the identified regions.

Entrepreneurship Facilitator contact details

Information on each of the current Entrepreneurship Facilitators and their contact details is provided below.

Cairns (QLD) Facilitator

Ms Tara Diversi
Ph: 0488 047 111
Email: hello@yepcairns.com
Website: www.yepcairns.com

Tara won the Cairns Business Women's inaugural young businesswoman of the year in 2004, and believes that self-employment is one of the most rewarding things in life. Equipped with a MBA, two post graduate psychology degrees and numerous non-tertiary trainings to compliment her practical experience, Tara is excited to assist young people overcome the barriers to starting their dream business and incorporating best-practice to increase their chances of success.

Hunter, including Newcastle (NSW) Facilitator

Ms Cheryl Royle
Ph: 0407 991 277
Email: cheryl@thefinerline.com.au
Website: www.hunterfuturepreneurs.com.au

Cheryl is a Hunter based small business coach and consultant, and co-founder of Lone Rangers Business Networks. She has owned four businesses over the past 25 years and has educated, supported and coached 1000’s of business owners, freelancers, consultants, artists and entrepreneurs across Australia. Cheryl is committed to helping the small business owners/entrepreneurs unlock their potential, thereby creating the business of their dreams.  

Launceston and North-East (TAS) Facilitator 

Ms Talitha Devadass
Ph: 03 6349 1919
M: 0429 061 668 
Email: talitha@vandiemenproject.com.au
Website: www.vandiemenproject.com.au

Talitha "Taz" believes in community development through the sharing of ideas, transfer of knowledge and relationship-driven collaboration. Born in Launceston, she is an experienced facilitator with a passion for helping people achieve their best and has worked with nearly 5000 young Australians. Taz has a diverse background in multiple leadership roles with The Van Diemen Project, and has supported numerous exciting Tasmanian start-ups over the last year.

Other Assistance available

For people not in an Entrepreneurship Facilitator location there are a number of other services available, including: