The Australia New Zealand Agent Workshop
Queenstown Events Centre
February 29 - March 2, 2012
Austrade EMDG

Queenstown, New Zealand

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is an Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters.  EMDG encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets by reimbursing up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses in a financial year above a threshold of $20,000. Eligible businesses can receive a maximum of seven taxable grants of up to $150,000 each.

Expenditure on ANZA Workshops held in both Australia and New Zealand may qualify as eligible expenditure for EMDG.  This depends to some extent upon the countries of origin of the participants you schedule formal meetings with.  Please seek advice on this matter from your EMDG consultant.

In 2009-10, 309 education and training providers received a total of $14.3 million in grants. These recipients generated $537.8 million worth of exports.
In 2009-10, 543 businesses in the tourism sector received $17.4 million in grants and had export earnings of around $710 million.

Download the EMDG fact sheet: Education and Training
Download the EMDG fact sheet: Tourism industry

Who qualifies for EMDG?
To qualify for an EMDG grant, you must:
•    be an eligible business genuinely carrying on business in Australia, with annual income of not more than $50 million
•    be seeking to export an eligible product (goods, services, intellectual property or know-how)
•    have incurred expenses on an eligible promotional activity (overseas marketing visits, overseas representation, marketing consultants, participation in trade fairs, communications, free samples, promotional literature and advertising, visits to Australia by overseas buyers and registration and insurance of intellectual property).

Need help with your application?
The EMDG scheme is designed to make it as easy as possible for institutions to prepare and lodge their EMDG applications themselves. To this end Austrade offers assistance to all potential applicants by providing detailed information on their website, conducting EMDG coaching sessions and through the Austrade Direct hotline on 13 28 78.

However, many applicants choose to use the services of an independent grants consultant to assist them in claims preparation. Austrade works closely with grants consultants in order to ensure that all grants applicants receive the best service possible, irrespective of whether they use a consultant or apply directly.

You may wish to use the services of recognised EMDG consultant:

Campbell Stewart - 07 3275 7470 - Howard Stewart & Janet Ward

Export Vision - 02 9524 1084 - Peter Campbell

Visit the Austrade website for further information and a full listing of recognised EMDG consultants.