Eligibility

Export Markets Development Grants is an eligibility based grant program. You must meet all eligibility criteria to be offered a grant. EMDG Rules 2021 on legislation.gov.au set the rules for the program

You must read the EMDG Grant Guidelines. The guidelines are a plain English description of eligibility requirements.

Who is eligible

To be eligible you must:

  • have a turnover of less than $20 million for financial year 2020–21
  • be an Australian person as per the EMDG Rules 2021
  • have an Australian Business Number.

Read Section 4.1 of the guidelines for more information.

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 marketing for this purpose.

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.

More information about eligible products

For more information, read:

Eligible expenses

We provide the EMDG grant for expenses in one or more of the following categories:

  • maintaining a representative in a foreign country
  • short trips to a foreign country
  • engaging a consultant to do research or promotional activities
  • short trips within Australia
  • foreign buyer visits
  • soliciting for business in a 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.

The EMDG Guidelines have more information, including about ineligible expenses and designated connections.

How we measure turnover of less than $20 million

If you are an SME exporter at the time you apply for a grant, you must also have a turnover for the last financial year (2020–21) of less than $20 million. Annual turnover is the total ordinary income that you derive in the income year while running your business.

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