Export Market Development Grant (EMDG)

Is your business looking to export or expand its export revenues? Or are you already exporting and not claiming what you may be entitled to?


Austrade facilitates the Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) program, which provides financial support for eligible Australian businesses to start or expand their export markets.

In existence for over 40 years, the EMDG program encourages businesses to increase international marketing and promotion expenditure to achieve more sustainable international sales.

Up to $150,000 of grant funding is available per application, provided they meet the eligibility criteria, to a maximum of eight annual grants. Grant funds can be used to claim up to 50% of eligible expenses (after the first $5,000 in expenditure) in retrospect, with first grants able to claim expenses incurred during the past two financial years.

Eligible expenses include:


  • Overseas representation - This includes all reasonable costs you pay to an overseas representative acting on your behalf to market/promote your product.

  • Marketing consultations - The cost of engaging an external consultant to undertake export market research or marketing activities for your product.

  • Marketing visits - i.e. the cost of air travel, or a daily trip allowance to cover ground transport and accommodation for marketing related visits.

  • Free samples - The cost for providing free samples of the product being promoted for export, to a maximum of $15,000.

  • Trade fairs, seminars, in-store promotions - External costs directly related to international trade fairs, forums, seminars, exhibitions or similar.

  • Promotional literature and advertising - i.e. brochures, videos, advertising and website development.

  • Overseas buyer expenses - The cost for bringing potential buyers who are non-Australian residents to Australia for export promotion purposes.

  • Registration and/or insurance of eligible intellectual property - The cost of granting, registering or extending rights under foreign laws in relation to eligible intellectual property (up to a maximum of $50,000 per application) and insurance to protect these rights.


From the third grant onwards, applicants must undergo an EMDG Performance Measure in order to receive subsequent grants.


Eligibility Criteria


At the highest level, your business must meet the following eligibility criteria to make an EMDG claim:

  • Have made an income of not more than $50 million in the grant year.

  • Have incurred at least $15,000 of eligible expenses under the program (first-time applicants can combine the last two financial years of expenses).

  • Have promoted one of the following:

    • The export of goods or most services, either made in Australia or made outside Australia where Australia will derive a significant net benefit from its sale overseas

    • Inbound tourism

    • The export of intellectual property and know-how

    • Conferences and events held in Australia.


If you meet the above criteria, click here to access a detailed checklist and confirm your business meets the full eligibility criteria, or contact us to discuss how we can support you to access grant funds.

Why use De Stefano & Co?

Our team has over three decades of experience working internationally and accessing export markets. With our mix of accounting, engineering and management experience, including handling client audits and an exceptional understanding of the EMDG Program, we can manage the entire grant process for you.


You can be assured that your claim will be as high as it legitimately can be.

"As we all know “cash is king” in any business. So when De Stefano & Co advised us of the potential to recoup some heavy expenses through EMDG grant funding we thought okay. When the De Stefano & Co team took us through the application, they basically held our hand the whole way through, and we were amazed by the value of the return. We are working with them again on our DISP application, because we trust De Stefano & Co to deliver."
Michael Slattery, Business Development Manager at Rowlands Metalworks

If you’d like to talk to us about supporting your business in accessing a grant, please complete the form below, providing as much detail as possible about the grant program and your business need:


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