EXPORT MARKET DEVELOPMENT GRANT
Welcome to The Travel Industry Hub's page aimed at helping travel, tourism and related businesses find out if they qualify for this grant.
2. If you believe you may qualify, please fill out this short form to help us collate information to be passed to Export Vision.
You may be surprised about what activities can be included in the EMDG grant, even by companies that don't 'export'.
Note that self-prepared applications for 2019/20 closed in November 2020, but Austrade-approved consultants meeting stringent performance standards have an extended lodgment deadline of 1 March 2021 to submit their clients’ claims. In partnership with Export Vision allows this.
A BRIEF GUIDE TO BENEFITS
Applicable from 1 July 2019
WHAT IS IT?
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
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 and North
WHO CAN RECEIVE EMDG?
Australian individuals, partnerships, companies, associations, co-operatives, statutory corporations
or trusts, carrying on export business in Australia during the year that have:
• spent at least $15,000 on certain export marketing activities (although first time applicants can
combine two years’ expenses to qualify);
• a total income of less than $50 million;
• received less than 8 grants (previously 7);
• passed Austrade’s grants entry requirements (for first time applicants);
• principal status in exporting (except for manufacturers, and other specific exceptions);
• not been under insolvency administration.
WHAT CAN BE PROMOTED?
Eligible products substantially of Australian origin, comprising:
most non-tourism services delivered to foreign residents;
WHAT CAN BE CLAIMED?
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.
Costs of international and internal airfares for
overseas marketing visits.
An allowance of $350 per working day overseas
in lieu of accommodation, ground transport, travel
insurance, visa fees, living & entertainment.
Marketing 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.
Factory, freight and other direct costs of providing
free samples to non-residents to promote export
sales. Capped at $15,000 per EMDG claim.
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.
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.
WHAT CANNOT BE CLAIMED?
• Capital costs • Non-promotional costs, commissions or discounts
• Expenses subject to reimbursement • Most Australian taxes and levies
• Salaries of Australian-based staff • Expenses relating to illegal activities or X-rated material
• Expenses relating to trade with New
Zealand and North Korea
• Sales, after-sales or product development costs
• Communications and overseas ground transport (new).
WHAT CAN YOU RECEIVE?
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.
An export performance test normally applies after two grants, but this has been waived for 2019/20.
Total EMDG payments are subject to a capped annual budget. Grants in excess of a base amount of
$100,000 may be scaled back depending upon available funds at year-end.