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Export development

Export Market Development Grants, 2003/04–2015/16

Next update August 2017


The Australian Government provides financial assistance for businesses seeking to develop export markets through the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme, administered by Austrade.

This scheme assists small and medium exporters to seek out and develop export markets by partially reimbursing their expenditure on export promotion, such as travel and sample costs.

Businesses can benefit from these grants if they meet the eligibility criteria; that is, they must:

  • be an Australian-based enterprise with an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • promote the export of their Australian goods, services, intellectual property and know-how of Australian origin
  • meet a minimum threshold for the amount spent on eligible export promotion per annum during the last financial year or, if a first-time applicant, the last two financial years (currently $15,000, previously $20,000 from 2010/11 to 2012/13, $10,000 in 2009/10 and $15,000 from 2003/04 to 2008/09)
  • have total annual income under a maximum threshold (currently $50 million; $30 million prior to 2008/09).

Austrade provided approximately $7.40 million in 2015/16 in export grants to companies in the audiovisual industries. This represents 5.6 per cent of the total support to exports ($131.2 million was paid to 3,059 exporting businesses in 2015/16).

2015/16

  2015/16
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Total 136 7.40
Motion picture and video production 74 4.09
Post-production services and other motion picture and video activities 3 0.16
Motion picture and video distribution 1 0.05
Motion picture exhibition 0 0.00
Free-to-air television broadcasting 6 0.25
Cable and other subscription broadcasting 3 0.18
Internet publishing and broadcasting 49 2.67
Computer games services n.a. n.a.

Source: Unpublished Austrade data; compiled by Screen Australia; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (cat. no. 1292.0).

Notes:
n.a. Not applicable.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.

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2012/13–2014/15

  2012/13 2013/14 2014/15
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Total 106 6.39 118 7.46 134 6.97
Motion picture and video production 73 4.32 67 4.49 78 4.05
Post-production services and other motion picture and video activities 5 0.34 5 0.24 6 0.32
Motion picture and video distribution 1 0.03 1 0.04 2 0.10
Motion picture exhibition 0 0 0 0 2 0.05
Free-to-air television broadcasting 2 0.04 1 0.05 2 0.10
Cable and other subscription broadcasting 0 0 3 0.17 3 0.17
Internet publishing and broadcasting 25 1.66 41 2.46 41 2.18
Computer games services n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.

Source: Unpublished Austrade data; compiled by Screen Australia; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (cat. no. 1292.0).

Notes:
n.a. Not applicable.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.

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2009/10–2011/12

  2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Total 137 5.97 147 5.23 115 6.57
Motion picture and video production 81 3.64 91 3.62 79 4.76
Post-production services and other motion picture and video activities 19 0.82 16 0.51 6 0.26
Motion picture and video distribution 11 0.48 7 0.29 4 0.12
Motion picture exhibition 1 0.01 1 0.03 0 0
Free-to-air television broadcasting 3 0.07 4 0.1 3 0.14
Cable and other subscription broadcasting 0 0 0 0 0 0
Internet publishing and broadcasting 22 0.94 28 0.68 23 1.29
Computer games services n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.

Source: Unpublished Austrade data; compiled by Screen Australia; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (cat. no. 1292.0).

Notes:
n.a. Not applicable.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.

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2006/07–2008/09

  2006/07 2007/08 2008/09
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Total 106 5.15 130 4.94 115 5.27
Motion picture and video production 47 1.92 79 2.77 69 3.03
Post-production services and other motion picture and video activities 16 0.63 17 0.64 12 0.52
Motion picture and video distribution 21 1.38 15 0.67 11 0.61
Motion picture exhibition 0 0 0 0 0 0
Free-to-air television broadcasting 4 0.14 3 0.14 2 0.07
Cable and other subscription broadcasting 1 0.01 0 0 0 0
Internet publishing and broadcasting 16 0.95 16 0.72 21 1.04
Computer games services 1 0.11 n.a n.a n.a n.a

Source: Unpublished Austrade data; compiled by Screen Australia; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (cat. no. 1292.0).

Notes:
Selected ANZSIC 2006 industry classifications, except computer games services which is ANSZIC 1993 as the 2006/07 grant was issued prior to the introduction of ANZSIC 2006. Grant recipients are from the following ANZSIC 2006 industry groups: motion picture and video activities, television broadcasting, and internet publishing and broadcasting.
The 2006 Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) replaces the 1993 edition used previously, resulting in a reclassification of some categories.
n.a. Not applicable.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.

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2003/04–2005/06

  2003/04 2004/05 2005/06
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Grants
(no.)
Support
($m)
Total 123 6.18 134 5.72 122 6.31
Film and video production 53 2.02 71 2.84 75 3.22
Film and video distribution 42 3.22 27 1.67 18 1.29
Television services 18 0.45 21 0.53 19 0.68
Multimedia services 8 0.45 7 0.29 3 0.90
Motion picture exhibition 1 0.03 2 0.04 1 0.05
Computer games services 1 0.01 6 0.35 6 0.17

Source: Unpublished Austrade data; compiled by Screen Australia; Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (cat. no. 1292.0).

Notes:
Selected ANZSIC 1993 industries.
The 2006 Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) replaces the 1993 edition used previously, resulting in a reclassification of some categories.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.

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