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Business envoy July 2021

An improved EDMG is here to help Australian exporters

Export Market Development Grants is a key Australian Government financial assistance program supporting Australian businesses since 1974.

From Atlassian to Zimmermann, close to 50,000 Australian businesses have grown their exports in overseas markets with the help of EMDG.

Significant reforms to EMDG roll-out from 1 July 2021, reorienting EMDG from a reimbursement scheme to a grant program. These reforms follow an independent review and broad stakeholder consultation with key industry associations and exporters in the program to guide the design and delivery of this process.

From 1 July 2021, EMDG will benefit from the following improvements:

  • Simplified legislation that is significantly shorter
  • A streamlined application process
  • Apply once for a grant of 2 or 3 years
  • Know how much funding you will receive before you spend

Applications for the new forward looking EMDG grant program open 16 August and close 30 November 2021.

If you have eligible expenses for the financial year ending 30 June 2021, you will also submit an application under the EMDG reimbursement scheme by 30 November 2021 (or 28 February 2022 if you use a participating EMDG consultant).

It’s important to remember the intent and purpose of EMDG remains the same, and these reforms seek to simplify and streamline the program for the benefit of current and aspiring Australian exporters.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply:

To help you understand these changes watch our EMDG YouTube video.

You can also subscribe to Austrade’s EMDG Update for news and reminders of application opening dates and deadlines.

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