Export Grants (EMDG)




The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) is a Government program that provides organisations with substantial cash rebates for overseas marketing expenditure. The scheme is administered by Austrade and is designed as an incentive to encourage Australian exporters to develop overseas markets for their goods and/or services.

EMDG provides reimbursement of approximately 50% of the eligible expenditure incurred to a maximum of $150,000 per annum. Applicants must be Australian resident entities with a total annual turnover of less than A$50 million and must have spent at least $15,000 in overseas marketing.

Unlike other Government grants EMDG is a non-competitive program which means if you are eligible and make an application you will receive a grant.

Contact our EMDG Team to arrange a free consultation – click here.  


What expenses can I claim?

Eligible expenditure includes:

Overseas Representatives

The costs attributable to maintaining an overseas representative on an ongoing basis to market your business overseas. Eligible costs include salaries/fees, office expenses, travel and accommodation.

Marketing Consultants

Expenditure incurred in engaging independent consultants who provide service relating to market development and market research. Consultants may be located either in Australia or overseas, but must be unrelated to the applicant.

Overseas Marketing Visits (Travel)

The cost of airfares plus a daily allowance of A$350 to assist with accommodation and meals.

Product Promotion (Free Samples)

The actual cost of providing free product samples to potential overseas buyers including the cost of providing FOC’s in the tourism industry.

Trade Fairs

The external costs associated with participation in overseas trade fairs, conferences, in-store promotions, international forums, private exhibitions or similar promotional events.

Promotional Literature & Advertising Material

The external costs associated with brochures, promotional videos, CD ROM’s, advertising and other promotional material are eligible. Reasonable external costs associated with the development of promotional websites and a percentage of website hosting costs are also claimable.

Patents and Trade Marks

The cost of registering patents and trade marks outside of Australia and NZ is eligible including patent attorney expenses.

Overseas Buyers Visiting Australia

Airfares, transport, accommodation and meal costs associated with bringing overseas buyers, or potential buyers, to Australia to evaluate goods, services or intellectual property are eligible.

How much money will we get back?

You will get back 50% of eligible expenditure in excess of $5,000. For example if your eligible expenditure was $75,000 then your rebate would be $35,000 calculated as follows:

Rebate = ($75,000 – $5,000) x 50% = $35,000

Export Solution runs FREE information sessions which cover all EMDG aspects. Join us to find out:

  • Whether your business will qualify for EMDG funding
  • Categories of eligible expenses
  • Learn, through real client case studies, how Australian companies have accessed EMDG funding of between $5,000 to $150,000 per annum

Client Testimonial

‘There was a lot of work involved and we could never have done this without the help of Export Solutions.  Their advice right from the start meant that we could plan marketing activities with the knowledge that they would be claimed back through the Export Grant.  We are already working on our next application and will be using Export Solutions again.’

Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute  – November 2013

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EMDG (Export Market Development Grant)

Applications for financial assistance through the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) program for 2018/2019 are open – but deadlines are approaching.

The EMDG program is funded by the Federal Government, and has been assisting Australian exporters for over 36 years.

It is non competitive, and provides up to $150,000 per annum through a rebate for up to half of eligible expenses paid in the following categories;

  • Overseas representatives
  • Marketing Consultants
  • Overseas Marketing Visits (travel)
  • Product Promotion (free samples)
  • Trade Fairs
  • Promotional Literature and advertising (including social media advertising, Google Ads etc)
  • Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Overseas buyers visiting Australia



EMDG Information Sessions

Australian organisations that are exporting or planning to export goods, services or Intellectual Property may be eligible for funding.

Our free 1 hour EMDG information sessions will cover:

  • Whether your business will qualify for funding
  • Categories of eligible expenses
  • Illustrate, through real client case studies, how Australian companies have accessed funding of between $5,000 to $150,000 per annum.

Our consultants will be available for a period at the end of each EMDG information session to answer questions you may have specific to your business.

These EMDG seminars are our commitment to inform Australian businesses about the EMDG program and help them get their share of grant monies, which have been much valued by exporters over the last 36 years.

Contact Us Now

Eligibility for a grant is available to Australian companies across a wide range of industries and services.

Contact one of our EMDG consultants below to arrange a free consultation. 

New South Wales & ACT – Sydney & Canberra:
Gemma Hansen
E: [email protected] 
M: +61 (0) 414 616 696         

Susan O’Connell
E: [email protected] 
M: +61 (0) 401 770 889

Queensland – Brisbane:
Lina Lamont
E: [email protected]  
M: +61 (0) 418 886 119

Victoria – Melbourne:
Katarina Dayoan
E:  [email protected]  
M: +61 (0) 414 977 775

Western Australia – Perth:
Simon Norris
E: [email protected] 
M: +61 (0) 439 941 473

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This grant estimator is just a guide to the grant you might be eligible to receive. The actual grant amount will depend on a more detailed analysis of your eligibility.

Contact us for an obligation free assessment, and advice on maximising your grant entitlement. We do NOT charge hourly fees – all our advice is free of charge – we only get paid when you receive a grant.

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