Who can apply?

Any Australian individual, partnership, company, association, co-operative, statutory corporation or trust that has carried on export promotion activities during the year for which they seek an export grant can apply.

To be eligible, the business must have:

  • income of not more than $50 million in the grant year
  • incurred at least $15,000 of eligible expenses under the scheme (first-time applicants can combine two years expenses)
  • principal status for the export business (some exceptions apply, such as non-profit export-focused industry bodies).

The business also must have promoted one of the following:

  • the export of goods or most services
  • inbound tourism
  • the export of intellectual property and know-how
  • conferences and events held in Australia

Certain organisations and groups, who would not otherwise be eligible to apply for a grant under the general provisions of the EMDG Act can obtain approved status to enable them to apply for a grant in their own right. The two categories of approved status available are:

  • Approved Body (PDF) – an export-focused peak industry association promoting on behalf of its industry
  • Joint Venture (PDF) – a group of small to medium Australian businesses cooperating in a joint venture-style marketing arrangement

Grants entry

First-time applicants are required to satisfy grant entry requirements, which include providing financial statements and some information that explains your business and your product or service.

Eligibility checklist

The EMDG eligibility checklist (PDF) has been designed to help you understand whether you should consider applying for EMDG assistance. Austrade suggests that you clarify any uncertainty about EMDG eligibility issues before applying for a grant.

Please note that this checklist is provided only to assist you, as a potential applicant, to assess whether your business might potentially be eligible for EMDG assistance. The information generated by this checklist is not advice, and does not form part of the application assessment process. Applications must be lodged with Austrade, and will be assessed in accordance with the EMDG Act. The checklist should not be used as a substitute for advice.