EMDG is changing
The information on this page was relevant for Rounds 1, 2 and 3. Changes are coming for Round 4. We will communicate this information when details, including guidelines, are finalised and released. To get regular updates, subscribe to the EMDG Update newsletter.
Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) is an eligibility-based grant program. You must meet all eligibility criteria to be offered a grant.
The Export Market Development Grants Overview 2022 video (10 minutes, YouTube) provides an overview of the EMDG program, eligibility requirements and how to apply for the program. If you have any problems with the video content, please contact EMDG.
Eligibility requirements include:
Read Section 4.1 of the guidelines for a complete list of eligibility requirements.
EMDG grant funds must be used for:
To be an eligible product, your product(s) must be of substantially Australian origin and be:
For more information about eligible products, read:
We provide the EMDG grant for expenses in one or more of the following categories:
The EMDG Grant Guidelines have more information, including about ineligible expenses and designated connections.
Austrade is no longer accepting marketing or promotional expenses for the export of products to Russia and/or Belarus. This applies to marketing or promotional expenses incurred:
Austrade considers these expenses detrimental to Australia’s trade reputation. We are excluding them as an eligible expense under rule 47 of the EMDG Rules.
These changes will remain in place until further notice.
If you are an SME exporter at the time you apply for a grant, your annual turnover for the financial year before the financial year in which the application is made must be less than $20 million. Annual turnover is the total ordinary income that you derive in the income year while running your business.
For more information about turnover requirements, see:
For example, you wouldn’t be able to apply for Round 3 if you had an active grant agreement that extends beyond financial year 2022–23.
You can apply in a new round if you:
A grantee cannot enter into multiple grant agreements that have overlapping activity periods. For example, if you have been offered 2 grant agreements from separate rounds that cover the same year, you can only accept one of them. Once you have accepted one, we will consider the other withdrawn.