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What is it

The Australian Federal Government's Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) is a venerable program aimed at expanding to new markets, getting Australian products and services into international markets.

It provides generous reimbursement for eligible activities, such as promoting to international markets, or bringing foreign buyers to Australia. So why not have a look to see if your business can benefit from this scheme?


What does it do

The EMDG allows you to claim expenses on activities which fall under any of 8 categories which relate to selling products & services to overseas partners, customers and investors to receive a cash reimbursement of 50%, up to $150,000.

Who can apply

Any Australian businesses who made less than $50 million in the financial year and spent at least $15,000 on eligible activities (outside Australia, New Zealand and North Korea) are eligible for the grant.

How to start

You can start by downloading the EMDG fact sheet below, or if you're ready to get in touch then talk to us our and get a free grant eligibility check.

We aim to maximise your EMDG claim so you receive your best return which you can spend on further developing your business.

Let us help guide you through the process and ensure you get it right the first time.

Give your business a boost  

We often hear from clients that they don't think they are eligible for a grant, so they don't even bother looking! We want to help you shift this way of thinking. By working with experts who can assess your situation you will be able to make an informed decision which will make the best financial impact on your business. At IGNITE Innovation, we're here to help.



The 8 Categories

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Overseas Representatives

These can include employees and distributors who are marketing your products on a long-term basis. Salaries, office, and travel costs can be claimed.

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Marketing Consultants

These are people external to your business who engaged to assist with market research, campaigns and other international marketing activities. Their invoices can be claimed.

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Marketing Visits

Airfares, ground travel, and dedicated days of promotional activity can all be claimed as part of your marketing trip.

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Free Samples

The production cost of samples to given away to international buyers can be claimed, plus any freight cost. 

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Trade Fairs, Seminars & Promotions

These include costs of exhibiting at international trade shows and Australian shows in which a percentage of visitors come from overseas.

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Literature & Advertising

International publications and online advertising with traffic from overseas can be claimed. You can also claim domestic literature and web development in some cases.

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Overseas Buyers

The costs of bringing non-Australian residents to Australia for export promotional purposes is claimable. It includes accommodation, airfares and travel allowance.

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Intellectual Property

Expenses for granting, registering or extending IP rights and associated legal costs in eligible countries are accepted.

Keep on track with powerful tools

IGNITE Innovation uses a comprehensive suite of tools to ensure we are accountable. We can monitor exactly where your claim is in the pipeline and we can maintain quality service without sacrificing agility.

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Our professional experience

IGNITE Innovation is a hand-picked team of eagle-eyed corporate accountants, tax-agents and ex-government employees who know exactly how the system works and how to best help you get a grant. This experience is honed by our financially focused management, who stay on top of your application every step of the way and ensure nothing slips through the cracks.

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Looking for more information?

For more information about the Export Market Development Grant, download our fact sheet. In it you'll find:

  • Detailed information about the categories
  • Eligibility requirements
  • How you can prove your expenditure
  • How to get the most out of your grant