Proposed changes to the EMDG scheme
The budget for Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) Scheme will see a $50 million increase as well as changing eligibility requirements if legislation introduced into parliament on 6 March 2014 by Trade and Investment Minister, Andrew Robb, is approved.
The proposed changes include:
- Increasing the number of grants available from 7 to 8.
- Decreasing the threshold expenditure from $20,000 to $15,000. Previously any company with less than $20,000 in eligible expenditure during the financial year was ineligible.
- Altering the grant calculation for expenditure slightly by reducing the “user pays” amount from $10,000 to $5,000.
These are all positive changes that will help Australian exporters.
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