Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

What is EMDG?

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

The EMDG scheme:

  • encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight (8) grants to each eligible applicant.

EMDG coaching videos

Austrade has produced a series of videos designed to help potential EMDG applicants understand the EMDG scheme.


Applications for the 2014-15 grant year are now closed. 

Applications for the 2015-16 grant year open on 1 July 2016.

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) applications for the 2015-16 grant year, lodged by consultants approved under the EMDG Consultant Quality Incentive Program, are open from 1 July 2016 to mid-night (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on 28 February 2017.

Self-Lodged applications for the 2015-16 grant year, and those applications lodged by consultants not approved under the EMDG Consultant Quality Incentive Program close at mid-night (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on 30 November 2016