To be eligible for a grant under the EMDG program you will need to be an Australian person and have eligible products and expenses as defined in the EMDG Rules.

The EMDG Guidelines sections 4, 5 and 6 provide a plain English description of the requirements for your eligibility.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible

  • you need to have a turnover of less than $20 million for financial year 2020–21
  • you must be an Australian person within the meaning of the EMDG Rules,
  • you must have an Australian Business Number.

Eligible products

EMDG grant funds must be used for promotional activities to market eligible products in foreign countries, or for training activities to develop skills in such marketing.

To be an eligible product, your product(s) must be of substantially Australian origin and be:

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

The EMDG Guidelines provides further guidance on what of substantially Australian origin means.

Eligible expenses

The EMDG grant is provided for expenses in one or more of the following categories, as detailed in the EMDG Guidelines

  • maintaining a representative in a foreign country
  • short trips to a foreign country
  • engaging a consultant to undertake research or promotional activities
  • short trips within Australia
  • foreign buyer visits
  • soliciting for business in foreign country
  • providing free samples
  • producing and providing promotional and advertising material
  • intellectual property rights
  • if you are a Tier 1 applicant, obtaining export readiness training.

You must have a designated connection to the eligible product for your promotional activity expenses to be eligible. For most grantees, the designated connection will be that you own the product. Other types of designated connection relationships differ depending on the type of product you are marketing.

The EMDG Guidelines provides further guidance on ineligible expenses.