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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.

EMDG supports eight categories of promotional expenditure:
- Overseas representatives: A maximum of $200,000 per application is claimable towards all reasonable costs that businesses have to pay to have an overseas representative act on their behalf on a long-term basis to market/promote their product.
- Marketing consultants: A maximum of $50,000 per application is claimable towards the cost of engaging an arms-length consultant to undertake export market research or marketing activities.
- Marketing visits: An allowance of $350 per day while the applicants are overseas to help offset accommodation, in-country travel (other than air travel), entertainment and living expenses (capped at 21 days).
- Free samples: Up to $15,000 towards the cost of providing free samples of the product that is promoted for export. No limit applies to first year claimants combining two years of expenditure including for 2015-16.
- IP registration and related insurance: Up to a maximum of $50,000 per application towards the cost of granting, registering or extending rights under foreign laws in relation to eligible intellectual property.
- Trade fairs, seminars, in-store promotions: External costs directly related to participating in an international trade fair, seminar, in-store promotion, international forum, private exhibition, or similar activity.
- Promotional literature and advertising: External costs of promotional material, such as brochures, videos, advertising website development, and literature or material in electronic or any other form.
- Overseas buyers: A total of $7,500 per buyer per visit, totalling $45,000 per application towards the cost of bringing potential buyers who are non-residents to Australia for an eligible export promotion purpose .

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. Members of related company groups may apply individually. The maximum payable to a group of related companies in total is $250,000 per annum. 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.
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

Eligible applicants must:
- Have an annual income of not more than $50 million during 2016-17.
- Spent at least $15,000 on eligible export promotion activities during 2016-17. First time applicants may combine expenses incurred in 2015-16 and 2016-17 to meet this threshold.
- Be the principal – must own the product they are promoting (some exceptions apply).
- Promoted their product for export and the product must be an 'eligible product'.
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.
- A service except those specified as ineligible in the EMDG Regulations.
- A tourism service (including accommodation, passenger transport or tours).
- A event held in Australia.
- An intellectual property right that mainly resulted from work done in Australia.
- A trade mark first used in Australia, or which has significantly increased in value from its use in Australia.
- Know-how that mainly resulted from work done in Australia.

Please review the Guidelines for the 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 BriefMay 2017
EMDG at a GlanceMay 2017
Guide ExpensesMay 2017
Guide to ApplyingMay 2017
Guide to Record KeepingMay 2017
Terms and ConditionsMay 2017
Applicant DeclarationMay 2017
Consultant DeclarationMay 2017
Confidentiality and PrivacyMay 2017
IP Registration and Related InsuranceMay 2017
Fact Sheet - Performance MeasureMay 2017
Special Note - Option B Performance MeasureMay 2017
Approved Body RequirementsMay 2017
Approved Joint Venture RequirementsMay 2017
Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator
Status Opening
Start Application 1 May 2017
Opening Date 1 July 2017
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is expected to open on 1 July 2017.
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