How to apply

View the application checklist, document templates and steps to apply for an EMDG grant.

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There are documents you need to prepare before you apply for an Export Market Development Grant (EMDG).

You must read the EMDG grant guidelines before applying.

EMDG program application form and portal

The EMDG Online Portal is currently closed to new applications. Applications for Round 4 grants are likely to open in late 2024 or early 2025.

You can access the portal for a record of your application form and updates on your application status.

Preparing to apply

When applying you will need to have:

  • a Digital Identity, such as myGovID (see the Application checklist below for details)
  • evidence to show you are eligible for an EMDG grant. This includes that you are Australian (note: you must have an ABN)
  • evidence to show your product is eligible. This includes that it is of substantially Australian origin
  • your plan to market (how you plan to spend on eligible promotional expenses)
  • your most recent balance sheet and profit and loss statement. This is to prove your turnover is less than $20 million
  • your ANZSIC code. This is the four-digit industry class that best describes your main business activity. If you are unsure, the Australian Bureau of Statistics can help you determine your correct industry classification
  • compliance with all relevant Australian Taxation Office (ATO) legislation, rulings and guidelines. During the assessment process we may require you to provide evidence you have satisfied your tax obligations. We will use this information as part of the application assessment.

Plan to market

You need to include a plan to market with your application. Representative bodies seeking funding to provide training are exempt from this requirement.

Your plan to market could be:

  • a one-page statement
  • a strategic roadmap for marketing and eligible promotional expenses
  • any other internal planning document.

It should explain:

  • why you are doing the proposed marketing
  • what business goals you want to achieve through your marketing
  • how you will measure success
  • your overall budget for each financial year
  • the location and target market of your customers or demographic
  • what specific marketing and eligible promotional activities you plan to do. You can provide additional detail beyond one page if you wish.

You may choose to use the plan to market template in the Resources and templates section below. If your plan is not specific to your business (i.e. a generic plan or a copy of other businesses’ plans) or contains no detail within a single page, then it will be deemed insufficient for the purposes of determining eligibility.

How to choose a tier

Choose the grant tier which works best and most strategically for your business based on your export journey. This must be within the requirements of the EMDG rules on

Check Section 3.4 of the EMDG guidelines to help you decide which tier to apply for.

Application checklist

To apply you must:

  • set up your Digital Identity, such as myGovID
  • link your Digital Identity to your business in Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) We recommend you start this process as soon as possible
  • complete the online grant application form using the EMDG Portal
  • provide all the information requested
  • address and meet all eligibility criteria. Check ‘Eligibility’ sections 4 and 5 in the EMDG guidelines
  • include all necessary attachments. Check ‘How to apply’, section 6 in the EMDG guidelines
  • submit your online application by the closing date.

Set up your Digital Identity

The Australian Government’s Digital Identity app is myGovID. You can use it to access a range of government online services. It saves you from having to prove who you are over and over.

Set up your myGovID with at least a ‘standard’ identity strength. You need to do this to access the EMDG portal.

The principal authority, person responsible for the business, will need a ‘strong’ identity strength. They need this to set up the initial link to the business online in RAM.

Find out how to set up your myGovID.

Link your Digital Identity to your business

Once you’ve set up your Digital Identity, link it to your business in Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM).

RAM is an Australian Government authorisation service for business. It allows you to act on behalf of a business online when linked with your Digital Identity, like myGovID. How you link this depends on your role.

Principal authority

The principal authority is a person responsible for the entity. As a principal authority you need to link the business in RAM first.

Before you link your business, check your Australian Business Register details are up to date. This is so RAM identifies the correct information.

With a strong myGovID, you can link your business online. You can then authorise others to access government online services on the business's behalf. This includes services like the EMDG portal.

Read more information about how to link as the principal authority on

Authorised user or administrator

An authorised user or administrator or user is someone who acts on behalf of a business. A principal authority or authorised administrator needs to authorise you before you can access the EMDG portal.

You will use your myGovID to log in to RAM to accept the authorisation request.

If you’re an authorised administrator, you can also set up and manage authorisations in RAM on behalf of the business.

Read more information about how to link as an authorised user or administrator on

Resources and templates

You can refer to the sample application form when preparing to apply. You must make declarations and attach certain documents with your online grant application. Use the templates below to prepare those documents.

For all applicants

For certain applicants

If you are eligible for a grant, we will offer you a grant agreement. Sample grant agreements for each tier are available on our grant agreements page.

How we assess eligibility

We understand some SME exporters have complex business models. They may have had to adapt to a changing trading environment. The following examples may help you understand if you are eligible to apply:

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