Export Market Development Grant

Will you get $780,000 from the new EMDG Programme?

Are you a business that exports products or services? If so, do you know that you may be eligible for an EMDG Grant of up to $150,000 per year?

The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program that helps small and medium Australian companies develop their export markets.

The Highlights

The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) provides exporters  up to $150,000 grant per year for 2020 and 2021 financial year.

In 2020 – there is NO EXPORT REVENUE TEST. Your grant will be determined based on your Eligible Marketing Expenditure.

This is a window that Exporters should take advantage of NOW!!

From 2022, the EMDG programme will undergo a major facelift – with significant – but different opportunities for exporters. 

Be sure to reach us or call us to find out more. 



cash back for eligible promotional expenses – up to $150,000 per annum


Whats The New EMDG Programme going to look like ?

Do I qualify for EMDG?

If your business exports

  • Australian-made or designed goods, Services
  • Inbound tourism
  • IP and know-how or Events held in Australia

Then you could be eligible for a grant of up to $150,000 per year with the EMDG program.

Even if your Goods are not made in Australia you could be eligible based on the amount of Australian input to your Finished product.

Applications open each year on 1st July and close on 30th November.

Eligible Promotion Expenses

8 categories of activities can be claimed in the EMDG Application
  • Overseas representatives(Limit $200k): the cost to have an overseas representative act on your behalf (an agreement and evidence of marketing activity required).

  • Marketing consultants (Limit $50k): the cost of engaging a consultant to undertake export market research (an agreement and payments made evidenced by activity required, e.g. a report).

  • Marketing visits: the cost of travel such as airfares plus $350 per day for accommodation.
  • Free samples (Limit $15k): the cost of providing free samples of the product you are promoting for export.
  • Trade fairs, seminars, in-store promotions

  • Promotional literature & advertising: the cost of promotional material, such as brochures, websites, Google AdWords, social media, etc.

  • Overseas buyers (Limit $45k): the cost of bringing potential buyers who are non-residents to Australia.
  • Registration and/or insurance of eligible intellectual property (Limit $50k): the payment made to patent and trademark attorneys for overseas applications.

Export Revenue

  • Year 1 and 2 – no revenue test
  • Year 3 – limited to 40% of revenue
  • Year 4 – limited to 20% of revenue
  • Year 5 – limited to 10% of revenue
  • Year 6 – limited to 7.5% of revenue
  • Year 7 and 8 – limited to 5% of revenue


Removal of the export revenue test 2019-2020 grant year: Austrade has waived the export performance test for those applying for a grant for the 2019–20 grant year. 

From July 1 2020. any business which has incurred eligible EMDG expenses for promotional activities in 2019–20 will be able to seek reimbursement for 50% of these expenses without the Export Performance Test applying.

The Process

Our EMDG Expert will take you through the whole process for your EMDG Claim – from preparation of your claim, to lodgement, audit and review.


Call BSI and sign a success fee based service and confidentiality agreement.

BSI will:-

  • Identify all promotional expenses related to your export markets and all export revenue.
  • Ensure all agreement with various parties (representatives , consultants and suppliers ) are in place, and all eligible expenditure has been paid during the year.
  • Prepare and lodge the claim, the claim is based per calendar year (1 July – 30 June) and should be lodged properly to 30 November.


  • Your 1st $100k grant will be paid within 2 weeks of the audit has been approved.
  • The balance of your claim will be paid by 30 June (depending on Government funds available ). *If there is no enough fund available, the 2nd tranche will be apportioned.

*Please fill in the form below and a detailed PowerPoint presentation will be sent to you to guide you on our way.

The BSI difference

The EMDG team at BSI is one of the industry leaders and have been helping companies maximise their Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) for 25 years, Our EMDG consultants will manage the entire EMDG claim process, allowing you to focus on the day-to-day operation of your business. 

  Our consultancy solution offers you:

√ A detailed and viable assessment of your eligible expenses.

√ Advise on maximizing your EMDG entitlement.

√ Streamlined step-by-step application.

√ Pro-active advice and respond to all export queries raised by you and Assist you in export planning.

√ Assistance in export planning and support for future grant applications.

Our Team

Ivan Kaye

Ivan’s passion is innovation and helping people succeed. Having Co-founded BSI and BBG (Business Builders Group), he has been able to help entrepreneurs grow and create their generational legacies.

His focus is on leadership, business development, commercialisation and connecting like-minded professionals.

Harvey Gartrell

Harvey gained his commercial training in audit, accounting and taxation with KPMG, Sydney where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Harvey has been advising clients in export grants and related services for the last 20 years, and is an expert in assisting his clients maximise their Export Market Development Grants (EMDG).


Peter Damnjanovic

Peter has been helping companies grow by developing their export strategies and maximising the Export Market Development Grants for the last 9 years.

With a background in diverse industries such as banking and publishing, both overseas and in Australia, Peter studied and gained his post graduate degree in Applied Finance in Australia.


Linh La

Linh is the glue that holds the team together!!

She is our  office administrator providing invaluable support to the team.

Our Location

  • Level 9, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
  • (02) 9126 9100
  • info@bsi.com.au