EMDG from 1 July 2021

Status: Round 2 of the EMDG program opens 9:00 am AEST on 6 July 2022. It will be open for 6 weeks, closing at 4:00 pm AEST on 17 August 2022.

We administer the government’s Export Market Development Grants Program (EMDG). The program supports Australian exporters. Each year, it helps between 3,000 and 5,300 Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) start or expand their export business.

EMDG is an eligibility-based, demand-driven program. This means all eligible applicants receive a grant from the available funds. Grants are not based on the maximum grant tier caps. The grant amount depends on the:

  • number of eligible applications in the round (referred to as demand)
  • available program budget to be shared among all eligible applicants.

Types of grants for exporters

Small to medium enterprise (SME) exporters can apply for 3 different grants over 8 years. These may not be consecutive years. Grants are for eligible promotional activities.

Grants are available in 3 stages, or ‘tiers’. Each tier gives a different level of support for SMEs as they grow their export markets. The lengths of these grants reflect the different stages of an exporter’s journey.

Tier 1: Ready to export

For eligible SME exporters who:

  • are ready to export in the grant year
  • have not exported before
  • have appropriate skills in marketing eligible products in a foreign country.

Grants agreements are offered for up to 2 years. Read section 4.2.2 in the EMDG Guidelines for more information. 

Tier 2: Exporting and expanding

For eligible SME exporters who are: 

  • exporting eligible products
  • seeking to expand export promotion activity for eligible products.

Grant agreements are for up to 3 years. Read section 4.2.3 in the EMDG Guidelines for more information. 

Read about exporting and expanding.

Tier 3: Exporting, expanding and strategic shift

For eligible SME exporters who are:

  • exporting eligible products
  • seeking to expand export promotion activity
  • ready to make a strategic shift in the marketing of eligible products in a foreign country.

Grant agreements are for up to 3 years.

Read an example of expanding and strategic shift.

Grants for representative bodies

Representative bodies are industry bodies and alliances. If you are a representative body, you are able to access a grant to:

  • enable you to undertake promotional activities on behalf of your members in international markets
  • provide training to help your members become export ready.

There is no limit on the number of times you can apply for a grant.

You can only have one grant agreement operating at a time.

How to get a grant

From 1 July 2021 the EMDG program is based on eligibility. The process is:

  1. Apply for a grant for promotional activities you do from 1 July 2021.
  2. After all applications are assessed, Austrade offers a grant agreement to each eligible applicant. Grant agreements cover the full grant period for that tier unless it would exceed the:
    • 8 financial years cap, or
    • $770,000 total grant cap.
  3. You consider and, if you agree, enter into a grant agreement with Austrade. This gives certainty so you know how much you will receive over your agreement term. Agreements are for 2 or 3 years. You then do your promotional activities as per the grant agreement.
  4. You request and get milestone payments as per your grant agreement. Your grant agreement will state:
    • when we make your milestone payments
    • what you need to do to get these payments.

When we make grant payments 

The timing of payments is set by your grant agreement. Your grant agreement will state when you should provide your annual milestone report.

Tier 2 and Tier 3 grantees will get their first payment early next financial year (2022-23).

Round 1 payments

We are currently processing Round 1 grant payment for:

  • Tier 1 grantees
  • Representative bodies.

Milestone reports

You need to provide us a milestone report to get most payments. Milestone reports are set out in your grant agreement. Read about how we decide milestone payments.

How we distribute funds

We calculate the distribution of available funds for all eligible applications. We do this after we get all applications. You will get a grant agreement telling you your grant amount after we assess it. This is if you are eligible. You need to at least match the dollar value of the grant monies you get.

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