Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

What is Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)?

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) Scheme is the Australian Government’s principal financial assistance program for exporters. EMDG has operated since 1974/75 and is administered by Austrade. It is designed to encourage small and medium sized Australian exporters to promote themselves overseas, to develop export markets for eligible products substantially of Australian origin.
EMDG provides a partial reimbursement (of up to 50%) of money spent during the financial year on specific export promotional activities, for all overseas markets except New Zealand, Iran and North Korea.


Australian individuals, partnerships, companies, associations, co-operatives, statutory corporations or trusts, carrying on export business in Australia during the year that have:
› Carried on business in Australia
› Promoted the export of goods
› Promoted the delivery of services outside Australia
› Promoted certain services in Australia to non-residents
› Promoted inbound tourism
› Promoted the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia
› An income of less than $50 million for the year
› Spent at least $15,000 on eligible export promotional activities.


Eligible products substantially of Australian origin, comprising:
> Exported goods;
> Most non-tourism services delivered to foreign residents;
> Tourism services;
> Intellectual property;
> Know-how


Overseas Representation:

Costs of maintaining long-term marketing representation. Expenses include salaries or retainers, office rent, travel and accommodation, communications, entertainment, advertising, and office expenses. No commissions! Maximum of $200,000 per EMDG claim.

Consultant Fees:

Costs (fees and expenses) of retaining an arm’s length consultant to undertake export market research or marketing activities. A limit of $50,000 per EMDG claim.

Marketing Visits:

Costs of travel, including airfares, taxis, hire cars, departure taxes, travel insurance, visa fees.
An allowance of $350 per working day overseas for accommodation, living & entertainment.

Free Samples:

Factory, freight and other costs of providing free samples to non-residents.

Trade Fairs:

Costs of trade fairs, seminars, private exhibitions, in-store promotion, and international forums.

Promotional Literature & Advertising:

External costs of promotional material, such as brochures, videos, websites and advertising.

Overseas Buyers:

Transport, accommodation and meal costs for visiting overseas buyers (existing or potential), up to $7,500 per individual and $45,000 per claim.

Patent & Trademark Registration:

Costs of granting, registering & extending patents and trademark rights for eligible IP, and insurance to protect the rights, limited to $50,000 per claim.



> Capital costs
> Non promotional costs
> Expenses subject to reimbursement
> Commissions or discounts
> Most Australian taxes and levies
> Expenses relating to illegal activities or X-rated material
> Expenses relating to trade with New Zealand , Iran and North Korea
> Sales, after-sales or product development costs


50% reimbursement of eligible expenses exceeding $5,000, up to a potential maximum annual grant of $150,000, subject to available funds. Exporters can receive up to eight grants. Related companies are limited to $250,000 per annum for the group. There is a minimum grant of $5,000. An export performance test applies after two grants, providing incentive to increase export sales.
Total EMDG payments are currently limited to $137.4 million per annum. Grants in excess of a base amount, currently $40,000, may be scaled back, depending upon available funds at year-end.


**** Claim forms must be lodged by 30 November
**** Once lodged, claims can only be increased by 10%.
**** Keep organised records and documents.
**** Early lodgement, faster payment.

This information is provided as a guide and should not be used without obtaining specialist advice.