Department of State Development

Applications for the Export Partnership Program are lodged via an online portal.

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The Export Partnership Program will assist established local companies which can show they are export-capable.

Aspiring exporters can also be assisted with $5,000 in coaching/mentoring expenses. To be eligible, the minimum turnover required is $100,000 a year. See our eligibility checklist  to confirm your eligibility, and also our eligible projects  to confirm your planned activities fall within the scope for the program.

To be successful, an application must rate highly against the program's criteria, and against competing applications from other companies. See the Merit critiera. Companies can receive Export Partnership Program funding multiple times, but total grant funding to an individual business may not exceed $50,000.

Applications for the Export Partnership Program may be made at any time, however they are assessed at the end of each round.

All funding rounds close at 5pm CST. Late submissions will be entered into the following round.

  • 25 November 2016
  • 17 February 2017
  • 26 May 2017
  • 25 August 2017
  • 17 November 2017

Note that this is a competitive grant program. Financial decisions about the activities you undertake should not be based solely on whether you are successful in applying for this grant.

The Department will make every endeavour to process applications as soon as possible. However, turnaround time may be affected by the volume and quality of applications and information received. Factor in at least one month after the round closing date before enquiring about your application.

There are 7 steps in an EPP application:

Step 1 and Step 2 are confirming your eligibility for the program . You will need to confirm via a series of yes/no questions if your company meets our basic eligibility requirements.

Step 3 will need to be completed if your goods do not meet our definition of Made in South Australia. This gives you a chance to demonstrate if your goods generate economic benefit to South Australia.

Step 4 Company details

Step 5 Proposed spend and requested reimbursement for eligible export related activities. See the Eligible activities

Step 6 is your chance to explain your business / proposed activities.

Step 7 upload export plan, financial doco and any required supporting documentation such as a bio or CV (6 documents maximum, 5Mb per document. Further information will not be considered).

After you apply

When you submit your application, you will receive an email acknowledgement. If you are sure you have submitted and did not receive a confirmation email dsd.epp@sa.gov.au

Re-submitting your application

The Export Partnership Program has a competitive application process. If your application is unsuccessful, you may re-apply at any time. However, we recommend you make contact with the TradeStart advisor for your region to seek any feedback before you review and enhance your application to strengthen your position.

The Department of State Development may refuse to accept a re-submitted application if it does not appear to differ from a previous ineligible or unsuccessful application.

To ensure your application supports valid activities, remember that the funding period for any given funding round covers activities in the 6 months preceding the close date for applications, and the following 12 months.