Export Grant (EMDG)

Export Market Development Grant

The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) scheme is a national program that reimburses businesses for a range of export market development promotional expenses.


The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for emerging, aspiring and established exporters. It is administered by Austrade and supports a wide range of industries.

EMDG Submissions open each year from July onward


The EMDG scheme:

  • encourages small and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50 % of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight (8) grants to an eligible applicant

Expenses incurred within a financial year can be claimed between July to November, (except your first application, which can include expenses from the two financial years immediately prior to a first application)

To be eligible, the business must have:

  • income less than $50 million
  • incurred at least $15,000 of eligible expenses in developing export sales
  • hold principal status for the export product/service (exceptions apply for non-profit export-focused industry bodies)

EMDG supports reimbursement across eight (8) categories of export market promotional activities. View the Video in the right hand column and see Austrade’s EMDG-In-Brief (PDF) publication for full details on all claimable expenses by category. See EMDG at a glance (PDF) for an overview of the scheme

Dowling Consultancy are a boutique Business Development Consultancy, specialising in providing strategic guidance and assistance in relation to export market development while leveraging government grants

We can help your business unlock its Asian region export market potential through aligning your business with the best market and entry options or connecting with the right channels to market across Asia by drawing upon our team’s firsthand country specific experiences, networks and intimate knowledge of these markets

We can help you pinpoint your best opportunities; help you mitigate risks and devise and execute a tailored and relevant Asia market export entry or expansion strategy and marketing plan in conjunction with undertaking in-market activities. Our team of executive advisors can assist with Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia

We have assisted numerous businesses with export market development activities and win government grants. We welcome contact from any Australian businesses that requires assistance with lodging an EMDG application and/or export market development consulting initiatives. For more information, see our About Us page

Contact Steve on 0409 478 850 for a confidential, no obligation discussion

Source – Austrade – What is EMDG?


What expenses can be claimed?

The EMDG scheme reimburses:

  • overseas representation
  • marketing consultant
  • marketing visits
  • free samples
  • trade fair, seminar, in-store promotion
  • promotional literature and advertising
  • overseas buyer visits
  • IP registration and/or insurance

Download EMDG-At-A-Glance

Meet Our Team

Our specialist multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary Consulting Team have broad and extensive Government grant application and international business development experience. We can be your enabling arms-length resource delivering tailored assistance to you for enhancing your export market development success

Export Development Grants

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