Applying from 1 July 2021

Will I be eligible?

To be eligible you must:

  • be a representative body or an Australian person, with ‘person’ meaning an individual, a company, a trust, or a partnership, within the definitions of the EMDG Act
  • have annual turnover of less than $20 million
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

What products will I be able to market overseas?

EMDG provides assistance for you to promote many different types of Australian products, including:

  • goods
  • services
  • events
  • intellectual property
  • know-how
  • software.

Your product must have a certain connection to Australia. That connection to Australia is described in the Rules [link to come soon] for each type of product. For example, an eligible event is one that is either held in Australia or, if the event is held online, the event is provided by an Australian person.

Your product cannot be an excluded product. For example, EMDG will not fund services relating to activities or products that are unlawful.

When will applications open?

Application opening dates have not yet been set.

How long will the lodgement period be for grant applications?

A period of 4 to 6 weeks will be trialled with a new, simplified application process.

Austrade will review this process once complete and adjust it for future rounds if needed.

Can I engage someone to help me with my grant?

The decision to engage a third party to help you is entirely yours.

Austrade will ensure that the application and milestone reporting processes are as simple as possible, with clear guidance.

Will I always get the amount I apply for?

This cannot be guaranteed. Your grant agreement may be for less than the amount for which you applied.

  • Each year the Government allocates a set amount of money for EMDG (the appropriation).
  • The EMDG program is an eligibility-based program. This means that all SMEs who apply and are eligible will receive funding.
  • As a consequence, where applications total more than the amount provided in the appropriation, Austrade must distribute that money among all applicants.
  • How that distribution is calculated will be notified to all approved applicants and on the Austrade website.

When will I know how much my grant is for?

Once all applications have been assessed, and the distribution is calculated, Austrade will provide you with a grant agreement. The grant agreement will tell you how much your grant is for.

Your obligation is to match, at a minimum, the dollar value of the grant monies you receive, noting:

  • If you spend more, you will not receive more grant money. The amount in your grant agreement is the maximum you will receive.
  • If you spend less, you will only receive an amount equal to the amount you contributed.