Export Market Development Grant

The Export Market Development Grant is a government assistance program encouraging small and medium businesses to develop export markets. The EMDG reimburses up to 50% of eligible export market development expenses in excess of $5,000, up to a total of $150,000 per year.

EMDG recipients include many of Australia’s best-known exporters, but it’s not just for those with established export lines. The grant can help current exporters grow, and give aspiring export-ready businesses assistance developing sustainable overseas markets.

In the 2015-16 grant year, 891 businesses entered the EMDG scheme for the first time, receiving an average grant of $40,921. In all, $131.4 million was paid to 3,166 businesses, principally targeting markets in the USA, UK, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Germany. 

Who can apply for an Export Market Development Grant in Australia:

An Australian individual, partnership, company, association, cooperative or statutory corporation that has:

  • Carried on business in Australia with an income of less than $50 million for the year
  • Spent at least $15,000 on eligible export promotional activities
  • Promoted the export of goods and/or the delivery of services outside Australia
  • Promoted certain services in Australia to non-residents
  • Promoted inbound tourism
  • Promoted the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia

 What does the grant benefit:

  • Up to 50 percent reimbursement of eligible expenses, after the first $5,000
  • A grant of up to $150,000 per application, to a maximum of eight annual grants

What expenses can be claimed:

  • Overseas representation and buyers
  • Marketing consultant
  • Marketing visits
  • Free samples
  • Trade fairs, seminars, in-store promotions
  • Promotional literature and advertising
  • Registration and/or insurance of eligible intellectual property

How many claims can be made:

  • Up to eight grants are available to each applicant, and can be spread over non-consecutive years 

How to apply:

Contact Incentive Advisory today on 1300 462 238, our experts will navigate you through the export market development grant eligibility and application process in Australia.


  • Cash payments of up to 50% of qualifying expenditure
  • An annual claim amount of up to $150,000
  • Claims must be lodged with Austrade on or before 30 November each year