NSW Government Export Assistance Grants

NSW Government Export Assistance Grants 

Export Assistance Grant program provides reimbursement to eligible businesses to help them recover from the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires and drought on their international markets.  

Reimbursement of 50% of eligible expenses incurred since 1 January 2020, up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible business is available for current or previously exporting businesses enabling access to new or re-entering previous markets.  

Funding is available for export marketing and development activities, such as market research, participation in international tradeshows and trade missions, inbound business support, e-commerce development and marketing materials. 

Key Eligibility Criteria 

  • Have an ABN registered in NSW and be registered for GST as at 1 August 2019 

  • Currently exporting or exporting prior to the impacts of COVID-19, bushfires and/or drought  

  • Be able to provide evidence of a minimum of three full-time equivalent employees (3 FTE) at the time of application 

  • Own the goods/services to be exported or be able to provide documented evidence that you are the agreed export supplier 

  • Produce the goods/services to be exported in NSW, or be able to provide documented evidence that the business provides substantial value to NSW  

  • Be able to provide tax invoices and receipts for the eligible activities being claimed 

Eligible Activities 

Funding will centre on export marketing and development activities, such as market research, participation in international tradeshows and trade missions, inbound business support, e-commerce development, website internationalisation and marketing materials. 

Activities eligible for funding are: 

  • Marketing materials: design, trademark, copyrighting and printing costs for business cards, brochures, product sheets, presentations, banners and signage specifically for overseas markets. Costs associated with the production of corporate videos and online presentations for international markets.  Overseas social media marketing, where it can be demonstrated this was used to market internationally. Translation costs for the above for non-English speaking markets. 

  • Website Internationalisation: Expenses for an independent contractor to identify and make changes to prepare your website for international markets, such as language translations, products and expertise details.   

  • Pivoting to online delivery:  Costs associated with converting face-to-face training content to online delivery including design, development, production and accreditation of online content for international audiences. 

  • E-commerce development: Costs of working with a third-party to develop and implement an international e-commerce platform.   

  • Market research: Costs of working with a third party (such as Austrade or verified international consultant) to conduct market research into opportunities and barriers in targeted overseas markets and facilitation of business matching with overseas partners/buyers. (travel, accommodation and per-diem expenses for a third party are not eligible).   

  • International tradeshows and trade missions: Includes cost of hiring exhibition space for an international trade show, entry and project management fees, and costs associated with participating in trade shows, trade missions and business programs including eligible international trade shows held in Australia.  This could include online tradeshows or face-to-face when available. 

  • Inbound business support: Costs of hosting incoming buyers in NSW such as hiring local facilities, economy domestic travel and standard accommodation for no more than two approved inbound buyers. (Food and beverage costs are not eligible).  

  • Costs to support localisation of products for export, such as new packaging. 

  • Costs to protect business in international markets including insurance and IP protection.


Visit the Service NSW website to apply for the NSW Export Assistance Grant