Department of State Development

The Export Partnership Program is a South Australian Government program which assists small to medium-sized firms to prepare for export.

The Export Partnership Program can meet eligible expenses incurred in developing international markets.

Under the Program, the South Australian Government will match your investment with 50 per cent reimbursement of eligible export-related expenditure, up to a maximum of $50,000 for eligible projects.

Eligible activities and projects include:

Coaching/mentoring/export plan/market assistance

Includes costs for export-focused mentoring and coaching, to prepare an export plan or to gather market intelligence. Programs subsidised by the State or Australian Government are not eligible for reimbursement

International trade shows, trade missions and business programs

Includes cost of hiring exhibition space at an international trade show, entry and project management fees, freight of free samples, and costs associated with participating in trade shows, trade missions and business programs including selected shows held in Australia (excluding travel and accommodation).

Travel and accommodation for attendance at international trade shows and trade missions

Costs of economy air fares, basic accommodation (standard room only) and on-ground transfers for no more than two people to attend an international trade show, business programs or accompany a trade mission to a relevant market or as detailed in your export plan.

Third party market research

Costs of working with a third party (such as Austrade or accredited supplier) to conduct market research into opportunities and barriers in targeted overseas markets. (Travel or accommodation expenses for the third party travelling from Australia to the market are not eligible).

Marketing materials

Costs of producing brochures, DVDs, business cards and presentations to market goods/services overseas and for use in overseas markets.

Website modifications

Expenses for an independent contractor to audit your firm’s website and identify and make changes necessary to prepare for internationalisation of your website, such as language translations, product and expertise details etc.

Incoming buyers

Costs of hosting incoming buyers, such as domestic travel and accommodation (for buyers only) and hiring local facilities or participating in inbound trade missions organised by the South Australian Government or other export entities.


The Export Partnership Program does not cover:

  • Trademarking and IP protection
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and incidentals (ie Mini-bar/Laundry)
  • Duty Free purchases
  • Programs subsidised by the State or Australian Government
  • Employment of staff/staff wages
  • Overseas representation
  • Office space
  • Infrastructure
  • Purchase of equipment
  • General stationery
  • Internet and telephone costs
  • General academic qualifications and courses (excluding practical exporting courses that fit the scope of the grant)
  • Memberships of professional associations
  • Any other general business costs.

This list is not exhaustive and other exclusions may apply.