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Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)
Program ID: 5762
This scheme seeks to support a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia. It aims to encourage small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets.

EMDG reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000, provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000. Up to eight grants will be provided.

There are nine categories of promotional activities that can be claimed:
- Overseas representatives (Up to $200,000 per application)
- Marketing consultants (Up to $50,000 per application)
- Marketing visits: ($300/per day for overseas marketing visits to help defray accommodation, entertainment and living expenses, and 65% of first class airfares)
- Communication: Those who do not claim their actual communication expenses, will receive an automatic 3% addition to their grant.
- Free samples
- Trade fairs, seminars, in-store promotions
- Promotional literature and advertising
- Overseas buyers (Up to $7,500 per buyer per visit and up to $45,000 per application)
- IP registration and related insurance (Up to $50,000 per application)

With the exception of the “free sample” cap, these changes apply from the 2016-17 grant year onwards, and will therefore also apply to year one claims for that grant year that are combining two years of expenses.

The maximum grant is $150,000, subject to funds available in the scheme. Eligible applicants must include all eligible expenses that they wish to claim in their application to ensure the grant is maximised.

Grants are paid in two rounds under a split-payment system:
- Round 1: An initial payment of grant entitlements up to the initial payment ceiling amount.
- Round 2: A second tranche payment of grant entitlements above the initial payment ceiling amount.

As announced in the 2014-15 Federal Budget, this program will now have an additional $50 million over four years, from 2014-15.

The 2016-17 deadline dates are:
- For DIY claimants: 30 November 2016
- For Approved Consultants: 28 February 2017
Who Can Apply
Eligible applicants are those that have carried on export promotion activities during the year for which they wish to apply for an export grant, including:
- An Australian individual
- Partnership
- Company
- Association
- Co-operative
- Statutory corporation
- Trust

Business must have:
- Income of not more than $50 million in the grant year.
- Incurred at least $15,000 of eligible export expenses under the scheme (first-time applicants can combine two years expenses).
- Principal status for the export business (some exceptions apply, eg. non-profit export focused industry bodies).
- Promoted one of the following:
a) The export of goods and most services.
b) Inbound tourism.
c) The export of intellectual property and know-how.
d) Conferences and events held in Australia.
Eligible Activities
Eligible products must be one of the following:
- A good made in Australia.
- A good made outside Australia where Australia will derive a significant net benefit from its sale overseas.
- All services except those specified as ineligible in the EMDG Regulations.
- A tourism service (including accommodation, passenger transport or tours).
- A conference or event held in Australia.
- An intellectual property right that mainly resulted from work done in Australia.
- A trademark that was owned, assigned or first used in Australia.
- Know-how that mainly resulted from work done in Australia.

Please review the website for list of ineligible expenses and exports.
Main Assessment Criteria
The main assessment criteria include whether the applicant:
- Has sufficient financial resources to carry out their intended activities.
- Has taken reasonable steps to prepare for export (e.g. export market research, export market planning or export product development).
- Is not carrying out unlawful or impracticable export activities.
Applies to
EMDG in BriefSeptember 2016
EMDG at a GlanceSeptember 2016
Guide ExpensesSeptember 2016
Guide to ApplyingSeptember 2016
Guide to Record KeepingSeptember 2016
Terms and ConditionsSeptember 2016
Applicant DeclarationSeptember 2016
Consultant DeclarationSeptember 2016
Confidentiality and PrivacySeptember 2016
IP Registration and Related InsuranceSeptember 2016
Fact Sheet - Performance MeasureSeptember 2016
Special Note - Option B Performance MeasureSeptember 2016
Approved Body RequirementsSeptember 2016
Approved Joint Venture RequirementsSeptember 2016
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Open
Start Application 1 May 2016
Opening Date 1 July 2016
Closing Date 28 February 2017
3 months to go
Closing Information
This program is available annually. Please see Overview for the application details.
Funding Type Grant
Minimum Funding $5,000
Maximum Funding $150,000
Total Funding Pool $175.4M (est)
Requires Co-contribution? Yes
Competitive No
Location National
General - Non-Industry Specific
Difficulty Rating
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Program Administrator
Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
Telephone 132 878
General Website Visit website
Program Website Visit website