What can I claim under the EMDG?
Businesses with eligible expenses can claim up to 50% reimbursement on all eligible expenses, excluding the first $5,000 spent. Each applicant can apply for up to eight annual grants to assist with promotion of export markets, which do not have to be applied for in consecutive years.
Applicants may receive a grant of up to $150,000 per application. In the 2017-2018 financial year, Austrade reported that the average grant received was $34,086, which was claimed by 3,706 businesses.
Eligible expenses include:
- Overseas representation
- Marketing consultancy
- Marketing visits/travel
- Free samples (limited to $15,000)
- Trade seminars
- In-store promotions
- Development of promotional material
- Advertising expenses
- Overseas buyer costs
- Registration and/or insurance of IP
Some limits apply to the maximum amount that can be claimed on each grant application, however all expenses that you wish to claim should be documented to ensure you receive the maximum available grant.
EMDG is designed to assist export marketing and does not provide assistance for expenses related to product development, production, distribution, or certification.
Expenses that are ineligible for claiming under this scheme include:
- Expenses that relate to trade with New Zealand and North Korea
- Expenses that relate to trade with Iran up to and including 17 January 2016
- Expenses that are of a capital nature
- Were incurred when you were not a resident of Australia
- Related to sales, after-sales, or product development
- Are fraudulent, unsubstantiated or related to an illegal activity
- GST on incurred expenses
- Any activity, services or product that may have been detrimental to Australia’s trade reputation