Export Market Development Grant

The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) is a government grant created to promote exporting of Australian products and services. 

Exporting is a natural progression of growing businesses and economies and the Australian Government recognises its importance. The grant offers a 50% refundable cash back incentive on all eligible export marketing activities.

Check your eligibility

What is EMDG?

The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. It is administered by Austrade.


  • Encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • Reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000. Money is spent first and then claimed in the following financial year. The maximum grant is $150,000 and is subject to available funds.
  • Provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant. These grants do not need to be in consecutive years.

Can you apply?

If you are an Australian individual, partnership, company, association, co-operative, statutory corporation or trust carrying on business in Australia you may apply for EMDG provided you: 
  • Had an annual income of not more than $50 millionduring the financial year being claimed; 
  • Spent at least $15,000 on eligible export promotion activities during the financial year being claimed. First time applicants may claim the previous 2 year's expenditure in their first claim;
  • Are the principal – you must own the product you are promoting (some exceptions apply); and 
  • Promoted your product for export, and your product is: 
    • A good made in Australia;
    • A good made outside Australia where Australia will derive a significant net benefit from its sale overseas;
    • A service except those specified as ineligible in the EMDG Regulations;
    • A tourism service;
    • An event held in Australia;
    • An intellectual property right that mainly resulted from work done in Australia;
    • A trade mark first used in Australia, or which has significantly increased in value from its use in Australia; or
    • Know-how that mainly resulted from work done in Australia

What can you claim?

Eight categories of promotional activities can be claimed:
To find out more information on what you can claim within these categories, click here to download an information pack.
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