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Draft EMDG Guidelines released for public consultation

The draft 2021-22 EMDG Guidelines (PDF 1.21MB) are currently open for public consultation until Friday 11 June 2021. Feedback on the draft Guidelines can be sent to

The EMDG Guidelines provide a plain English description of the governing EMDG Rules, and explain the grant application process for the 2021–22 financial year.

EMDG first tranche payments update

For 2019-20 grant year EMDG funding increased to $223.4 million, with the addition of a $65.5 million boost announced in the 2021 Federal Budget. First tranche payments were up to $100,000 in 2020-21 as a COVID-19 recovery measure. This is higher than the first tranche payment of $40,000 for the past five financial years.

This additional funding will see over 80 per cent of claimants receive their full grant entitlement, an increase on the 62 per cent average over the past five years. The much higher first tranche payment means a second tranche payment is unlikely this year.

For applications made from 1 July 2021, the EMDG 2020-21 grant year, an Initial Payment Ceiling Amount (IPCA), or first tranche payment of $30,000 has been determined.

Export Performance Test update

The Government waived the export performance test requirements for those applying for a grant for the 2019–20 grant year, from 1 July 2020. This measure provided relief to eligible SMEs negatively impacted by COVID-19, with any business which incurred eligible EMDG expenses for promotional activities in 2019–20 able to seek reimbursement for up to 50 per cent of these expenses without the Export Performance Test applying.

This was a temporary measure, and the Export Performance Test will apply for the 2020-21 grant year, from 1 July 2021.

Success stories

EMDG BridgeClimb

EMDG BridgeClimb

Todd Coates, CEO of BridgeClimb Sydney, talks about the benefits of EMDG.



Simon Phin, CEO of Beyond the Break, talks about the benefits of EMDG.



Peter Freedman, Managing Director of RODE Microphones, talks about the benefits of EMDG.

EMDG AussieBum

EMDG AussieBum

Sean Ashby, Managing Director of AussieBum, talks about the benefits of EMDG.