The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) program is the Federal Government’s cornerstone funding program, encouraging Australian businesses to seek export opportunities for their goods, services and intellectual property.
The EMDG program assists small to medium-sized Australian businesses, with turnover of less than $50 million, by reimbursing up to 50% of eligible costs associated with the development of export opportunities. There is a maximum annual grant of $150,000 available for up to 8 grant years.
As of 1 July 2021, the EMDG program was reoriented from its current reimbursement model to an upfront grant model. To understand what this reform means for your business, please contact our experts below or read more here.
What you can claim
Expenditure incurred in establishing and maintaining one or more overseas representatives on a long term basis in foreign countries. The overseas representative must undertake marketing and promotional activities as part of their role.
This category has a cap of $200,000 per claim.
Costs incurred engaging a consultant (either in or outside Australia) who is not closely related to the applicant. Costs are claimable to the extent to which the consultant undertakes market research, or marketing activities, related to approved promotional purposes. Marketing activities can include advertising on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google, etc.).
This category has a cap of $50,000 per claim.
Costs incurred for any marketing visit made by the applicant or its agent to any place in or outside Australia to the extent to which the visit is made for an approved overseas promotional purpose.
An allowance of $350 per day (up to 21 days) is claimable to cover ground transportation, meals and accommodation, which are not directly claimable.
Costs incurred by the applicant or its agent participating/attending a trade fair, seminar, in-store promotion, international forum, private exhibition or similar promotional event, to the extent to which this is undertaken for an approved promotional purpose.
Costs incurred in relation to promotional literature or other advertising material (whether the literature or material is in an electronic form or any other form) to the extent to which this is obtained for an approved overseas promotional purpose.
Costs incurred by the applicant for bringing one or more potential buyers who are not residents of Australia to Australia. The potential buyer must not be closely related to the applicant and must be brought to Australia for an approved promotional purpose.
This category has a cap of $7,500 per buyer and a cap of $45,000 per claim.
Manufacturing and freight costs incurred in providing free samples to a business that is not a resident of Australia. Costs must be in relation to any eligible product of the applicant.
This category has a cap of $15,000 per claim.
Costs incurred by the applicant obtaining patents, designs and trademarks in relation to overseas jurisdictions, excluding New Zealand and North Korea.
This category has a cap on expenses of $50,000 per claim.
By taking such a hands-on approach throughout the application process, ensure the most robust, defendable EMDG application, giving Austrade very little opportunity to knock out expenses during audit. This means our clients gain access to the highest possible grants available under the program.
There is no upfront, out of pocket charge for this service. If you don’t receive a grant, we don’t receive a fee. Our fee structure reflects the industry standard, being a percentage of the grant value with a minimum fee.
Please contact one of our EMDG specialists below, who will be able to discuss further.
Backed by industry expertise
As an Austrade approved EMDG consultant we have a high success rate which means our clients can be confident the claim we submit for you will be the grant you receive. Being Austrade approved also means we can submit EMDG applications three months beyond the usual 30 November deadline, until 2 March.
Austrade statistics indicate self-lodgers have a lower average EMDG claim, compared to claims prepared by an Austrade approved consultant. We take our approval seriously, which is reflected by the fact that our slip rate is lower than the average non-approved consultants and self-lodging applicants. By engaging us to prepare your EMDG application, you can be confident all your eligible expenses will be captured, and a higher grant obtained.
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