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EMDG helpline hours extended

If you have questions about the program or your application, read the 2021-22 EMDG Guidelines and Frequently asked questions.

For more information:

  • call the EMDG helpline 13 28 78
    • open Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November 2021 from 9am to 5pm (AEDT)
    • open Tuesday 30 November 2021 from 9am until midnight (AEDT)
  • email EMDG.help@austrade.gov.au.

EMDG webinars

Austrade’s Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program helps Australian businesses grow their exports in global markets. These grants encourage small to medium enterprises to market and promote their goods and services internationally.

From 1 July 2021 EMDG is operating as a forward-looking grant program, allowing grant recipients to plan their marketing and promotional activities with confidence, because they will know how much they will receive over the life of their grant agreement. Applications are open until 30 November 2021.

Join our free Austrade hosted webinar. Don't miss our final webinar which is being held during the application period on 15 November 2021. Register your interest to find out more about these changes, and how you can take advantage of EMDG to grow your export business.

Read transcripts of previous webinars:

Further information on management of the EMDG program can be found on these pages:

EMDG application change – Tiers 2 and 3 grants

We are making some changes to the application form.

Those applying for Tiers 2 and 3 grants must be exporting eligible products. Previously, the application form stated:

When was your most recent export? If response ‘June 2020 or earlier’ – You may not be eligible for Tier 2 (or 3) if you are not considered to be currently exporting.

You may have ruled yourself out from applying because you could not answer this question in the positive.

The revised application will invite you to explain why you believe that you satisfy the requirement that you are ‘exporting’, and to provide any evidence.

What does exporting mean?

We will interpret exporting broadly and the application form has been changed to reflect this.

A good indication that you are exporting is evidence of having exported recently (with 1 July 2020 a sound indicator of you having exported recently).

We will also consider other evidence including:

  • Contracts in place with offshore buyers
  • Agreement or memorandums of understanding with offshore buyers to sell or market your product
  • Evidence of current negotiations with offshore buyers for the sale of your products
  • Evidence (whether in your plan to market or otherwise) to show you are currently actively engaged in exporting, for example of active customer engagement with a realistic prospect of resulting sales (as demonstrated by evidence such as the capacity to produce and deliver your export product)
  • Any other evidence

Each application will be judged on its merits and the individual circumstances of the applicant. This should not be taken as a guarantee that your application will be assessed as satisfying this requirement of the EMDG legislation. However, your explanation will be considered as part of the overall application assessment process.

Case studies

We have created case studies to help you understand our assessment processes for the grant program. 

EMDG reimbursement scheme - first tranche payments update

For the 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 was higher than the first tranche payment of $40,000 for the past 5 financial years. 

This additional funding saw over 80 per cent of claimants receive their full grant entitlement, an increase on the 62 per cent average over the past 5 years. The much higher first tranche payment means a second tranche payment will not be made 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 has been set at $30,000 in line with previous years. 

Export Performance Test 

The government waived the export performance test requirements for those applying for a grant for the 2019–20 grant year under the reimbursement program, from 1 July 2020.

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