To receive a grant from the new Export Markets Development Grants (EMDG) program, you must enter into a grant agreement. This is a legal agreement between a grant recipient and Austrade.

We will offer grant agreements to all eligible applicants from mid-February 2022.

For the first round of the new EMDG program, grant agreements will cover your eligible promotional activities from 1 July 2021 over the next 2 – 3 years, depending on your tier.

Notifying you when your grant agreement is ready for signing

The primary contact on your application will get an email from us when your grant agreement is ready.

If you listed a consultant or agent on your application, they will also get an email at the same time.

Accepting/signing your grant agreement

You must accept and sign your grant agreement electronically in the EMDG portal within 21 days from the date of getting the offer. If you don’t do this your offer may expire.

We may extend this period in some cases. Read the EMDG Guidelines 2021-22 (DOCX 2.5MB) for more information.

A consultant can’t accept the agreement on your behalf. Only the primary contact listed in your application is authorised to accept and sign the grant agreement.

Viewing and accepting your grant agreement

Use our EMDG portal to view and accept your grant agreement.

You will need a myGovID to log in to the portal. If you don’t have one, follow the steps on the How to apply page. You need to ensure your myGovID is valid to accept and manage your grant agreement.

The instructions in the EMDG portal will guide you on how to accept your grant agreement. After you log in to the EMDG portal:

  1. Click on the ‘Agreement’ button to view your grant agreement.
  2. Read your grant agreement carefully. Ensure your details are correct, and you understand what you need to do.
  3. Click on the ‘Accept’ button to accept the agreement. This is the same as using your signature.
  4. Download a copy of the grant agreement for your records.

For technical issues:

  • accepting the grant agreement, contact us
  • with your myGovID, refer to the myGovID support on the Australian Taxation Office website.

Maximum grant amounts

Your grant agreement will outline the maximum grant amounts for each financial year. These amounts may not be what you were expecting to receive.

Each year the government allocates a set amount of money for EMDG. This is called the program appropriation. Read how Austrade manages the program.

EMDG is an eligibility-based grant program. This means all eligible applicants will get a grant.

Distributing the program appropriation

We distribute the appropriation among all eligible applicants for this and future rounds over the life of their multi-year grant agreements. A larger number of eligible applicants means a lower grant amount for each eligible applicant.

For this grant round, we expect to provide these amounts:

  • Tier 1 – up to $15,000 per financial year
  • Tier 2 – up to $23,000 per financial year
  • Tier 3 – up to $35,000 per financial year
  • Representative Body – up to $90,000 per financial year.

Matched funding and milestone reports

The maximum grant amount you will get per financial year will be shown in your grant agreement. It’s important to remember:

  • You must spend double the value of the grant amount in the financial year on eligible expenses. This means the grant amount plus your matched funding.
  • Your matched funding must at least equal the amount of your grant.

If you spend an amount more than required to get the maximum grant amount, you will only get the maximum grant amount.

For example: If your grant is $15,000 per financial year and you have spent $50,000 on eligible expenses you will only receive $15,000. This is because you need to match the $15,000 to spend a total of $30,000. Your maximum grant amount will only ever be $15,000, so any expenditure you make over the $30,000 is at your own cost.

If your grant is $15,000 per financial year and you only have spent $15,000 on eligible expenses, you will only receive $7,500 (i.e., the grant is not 'free money' and you must have actually spent double the grant amount).

If you spend less, you will only get up to half (50%) of the total amount you spent.

For example: If your grant is $15,000 per financial year and you only have spent $20,000 on eligible expenses you will only receive a grant payment of $10,000. This is because you haven’t spent what the grant agreement requires and we can only pay you up to half of what you have spent.  

Milestone reports

Milestone reports are part of your grant agreement. You must submit these regardless of the amount you spend. Find out when and how to do this by checking the reporting and payment schedule in your agreement.

All grantees will be required to submit milestone reports. You must also keep all records related to eligible promotional marketing expenditure and provide it to Austrade on request.

Grant payments

After we receive your signed grant agreement, we will then counter sign and execute the grant agreement. This will complete the grant agreement. Payments can only be made after we have done this. 

First payments are scheduled from March 2022 for Tier 1 and Representative Body grantees. 

We will make Tier 2 and Tier 3 grant payments from 1 July 2022. This is after we get and accept milestone reports. 

Before we make a payment, we may contact you to confirm that you:

  • have been incurring eligible expenditure since 1 July 2021
  • can meet your matched funding requirement under the grant agreement.

We may ask you to provide evidence.

Adjusting grant payments

There is flexibility under your grant agreement to adjust grant payments if you do not spend as planned, provided eligibility and certain conditions are maintained.

We will work with you to reduce the amount of your grant payment in a financial year if you are unable to spend the required amount for that year.

What is in a grant agreement

Your grant agreement will state the:

  • purpose of the grant
  • maximum grant amount we will pay to you each financial year
  • grant period
  • payment schedule
  • reporting requirements.

View the sample grant agreements:

Variations to grant agreements

We recognise there may be circumstances which may impact your grant agreement. This could include a change in your plans to market.

We may agree to make a variation to your grant agreement where possible. Contact us to discuss your situation. Read about variations in the EMDG Guidelines 2021-22.

When to contact us

Contact us if your situation has changed, including:

  • you think you may not be able to meet the commitments in your grant agreement
  • the primary contact who entered into the grant agreement has left your business
  • your bank account details
  • anything else you would like to discuss about your grant agreement and milestone reporting.

We will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome.

What to do if your primary contact has changed

If your primary contact has changed, send us the:

  • reason for the change in primary contact
  • details of the old primary contact:
    • full name
    • position title
    • email address
    • mobile and/or phone number
  • consent from the old primary contact to be replaced. Or, if you can’t get consent, give the reason you can’t
  • details of the new primary contact
    • full name
    • position title
    • email address
    • mobile and/or phone number
    • street and postal address
  • confirmation the new primary contact has all the same authorities as the old primary contact.

The new primary contact will need a myGovID to accept and manage the grant agreement. Read How to apply for more information about:

  • getting a myGovID, or
  • linking it to your business.

Contact us