Consultants

If you want professional help to submit your application under the EMDG scheme, consider engaging an EMDG consultant.

Consultants play an important role in supporting Australia’s current and future exporters. They:

  • promote awareness of the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme
  • lodge applications on behalf of businesses
  • support the assessment process.

EMDG scheme application timelines

  • You must complete and submit your online application, including all required documents, between 1 July and midnight (AEDT) 30 November 2021.
  • Consultants can lodge an online application on your behalf during the standard lodgement period of 1 July 2021 to midnight (AEDT) 30 November 2021.
  • Approved EMDG Quality Incentive Program (QIP) Consultants can lodge applications on your behalf until midnight (AEDT) 28 February 2022.

Provisions prevent the payment of EMDG grants to applicants engaging an EMDG consultant who we assess as a not fit and proper person.

Quality Incentive Program (QIP)

Consultants who lodge 5 or more claims in a grant year will be invited by Austrade to participate in the voluntary consultant Quality Incentive Program. If a consultant meets the approval criteria, they will be able to lodge EMDG applications during the extended lodgement period.

Consultants approved under the Export Market Development Grants (Extended Lodgement and Consultant Quality Incentive) Determination 2012 are listed below. 

Becoming a consultant

If you wish to prepare and submit a claim on behalf of another person, entity or company you must first register to be an EMDG consultant.

Anyone who believes that they have the appropriate skills, knowledge, experience and competence can apply to become an EMDG consultant by completing the form in Information for EMDG consultants (PDF).

To submit an EMDG application on behalf of a client, consultants need:

  • an EMDG consultant code (issued by Austrade following application)
  • a myGovID.

New consultants must apply to be registered before 27 November to be able to submit claims by midnight Australia Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) 30 November 2021.

Resources for consultants

Austrade has created a range of resources for consultants including:

  • a series of templates that consultants can choose to use as an optional method of bulk data entry
  • Austrade’s presentation from the most recent Continuing Professional Development days.

Using these templates is optional.