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How to apply for EMDG

Steps to Applying for EMDG

  1. Make sure you have an AUSkey (more information on AUSkey).
  2. Make sure your business is eligible to apply for EMDG
    Review the EMDG Eligibility checklist
  3. Contact Austrade on 13 28 78 if necessary to clarify your eligibility.
  4. Complete the on-line application form.
    You will be prompted to attach required documentation.
    There will be a description of the documents you need to submit. The descriptions can also be found in the A Guide to Applying under the corresponding question number.

Austrade does not accept incomplete or late applications.

Required Documents

First-time applicants must submit:

  • Your financial statements (profit and loss statement and balance sheet for 2013-14 and 2014-15
  • Information describing your business and product or service (brochure, company profile etc.)
  • If you made a loss in 2014-15 information on how you intend to fund your export activities going forward.

All Applicants:

If you are claiming expenses of A$40,000 or more for an overseas representative, you must submit:

  • Your 2014-15 financial statements (profit and loss and balance sheet)
  • Information describing the nature of activities undertaken by your overseas representative (current appointment letter or agreement, up to five monthly or weekly activity reports or e-mails confirming the representative’s activities).

If you are promoting goods that are not made in Australia, you must also submit:

  • A statement containing the information requested in A Guide to Applying

If you have already received two grants and have selected the Option B EMDG performance measure, you must also submit:

  • The information and documentation requested in A Guide to Applying

At Question 21 of A Guide to Applying a table is provided for you to provide a list of all company directors and partners in the partnership.

You may be requested to provide evidence of the expenditure you have claimed (e.g. invoices, shipping documents, bank statements and/or correspondence).

  • Submit your completed application and schedules (and requested documents if applicable)
  • You must complete and submit your on-line application, including the required documents referred to above between 1 July 2015 and close of business 30 November 2015, or use an approved EMDG Consultant who can lodge a claim on your behalf until mid-night (Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) i.e. Canberra time) 28 February 2016.

AUSkey Information

AUSkey is a secure electronic key used by businesses to access government online services. This electronic key provides an online identification of you and your business. If your business has an Australian Business Number (ABN) you are eligible for an AUSkey.

Obtaining an AUSkey

To obtain an AUSkey, a representative of your business will need to visit the AUSkey website at and using your business’s ABN and their individual personal Tax File Number, follow the prompts to register. Applications are usually processed within a day.

Setting up AUSkeys for other members of staff

Each person acting on behalf of your business, who is involved in completing an online application for an EMDG grant, will need their own individual AUSkey. There is no limit to the number of AUSkeys your business can hold, so each business can determine the number of AUSkeys best suited to their operations. Once a representative of your business has an AUSkey, they can administer the issue of further keys for other members of staff.

More information on AUSkey is at:

Join the EMDG mailing list

If you would like to be added to the EMDG mailing list and be sent information and regular updates on the scheme complete the online registration form. This will enable Austrade to send you updates and information on the scheme and how to apply for a grant.

Minister announces 2013-14 grant year initial payment ceiling

Read full press release

Amendments to the EMDG Act

See amendments to the EMDG Act that apply to expenditure this year.

Success stories

Read about how other exporters have benefited from EMDG grants

EMDG Fraud Hotline

Provided for those who wish to confidentially report suspected fraud.

How to report a suspected fraud

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