Trade Support Scheme

The Trade Support Scheme provides financial help to Northern Territory (NT) businesses to offset the costs of international marketing activities.

The scheme can provide funding for up to 50% of the cost of approved activities. 

Funding is offered as a taxable cash reimbursement.

Who can apply

Businesses, industry groups or other organisations with a substantial presence in the NT can apply for the Trade Support Scheme.

To get funding, you must show:

  • your proposed project is likely to be successful
  • and the trade and economic benefits the project will bring to the NT.

You must have made less than eight successful applications for the Australian Government's Export Marketing Development Grant.

What you can claim

You can claim the following expenditures as part of the scheme.


You can claim up to 50% of the cost of a return economy class airfare out of the NT.

The airfare must be on the most direct route available at the time of travel.

Your claim can include travel taxes, insurance, and visa fees if those costs aren't included in the airfare.

It can cover the cost of travelling from a regional area to Darwin to catch an international flight.

Funding is available for two people from one company. You will need to justify travel for more than one person.

You may be able to get a part reimbursement if you want to undertake personal activities on your trip.

Marketing and promotion

You can claim up to 50% of marketing and promotion costs up to $10,000.

You will need to give a detailed description and formal quote of individual items in your application. You will need to give an external supplier invoice for each item.

Web design

You can claim up to 50% of website design costs up to $5,000.

For example, you can claim to update your website with information on products for export or write a web page in another language.


You can claim up to 50% of freight costs up to $2,000.

You can claim for international freight related to export marketing, such as transporting trade show materials or product samples.

You will not be reimbursed for goods brought into the Territory unless bringing back samples taken out of the country.

Trade exhibitions and conferences

You can claim up to 50% of the cost of attending international trade exhibitions and conferences up to $6,000.

You must provide receipts for all expenditure considered for reimbursement.

You can get funding for up to three events.


You can claim up to 50% of international accommodation costs up to $200 per person each day.

You must provide receipts. Personal expenses such as dry-cleaning are not covered. Overnight travel where there are no accommodation costs are not covered.


You can get a fixed payment of up to $150 per person each day for on-the-ground expenses.

This payment is available to all approved applicants. You do not need to provide receipts.


You can claim up to 50% of training costs related to export marketing up to $1,000.

You must show the training will help your business generate export revenue.

Inbound buyers

If your company brings in a prospective international client or business partner, you may claim from the funding categories listed above.

This includes bringing clients to the NT to assess goods, services or facilities.

Australian Tourism Exchange

Business participating in the Australian Tourism Exchange can apply for reimbursement of up to $3,000 in the above funding categories.

How to apply

To apply for the Trade Support Scheme follow these steps:

Step 1: Fill in the form

Fill in the Trade Support Scheme online application form.

Step 2: Attach supporting documents

Attach supporting information and documents. This could include any of the following:

  • professionally prepared financial statements for the last two years of trading
  • an export marketing plan
  • your business plan
  • a detailed itinerary of activities
  • details of expenditure items.

You must give clear details of the marketing project, including the total budget, timeframe and results you expect.

Step 3: Submit the form

Submit the online application form with your attached supporting documents.

If you downloaded the form, you will need to submit it by email to

You must submit the form at least 14 days before you travel or your inbound buyer arrives in the Territory.

Government staff will contact you.

If your application is successful, you will need to show that the marketing expenditure you are claiming has not been, or will not be, claimed under any other trade scheme.

Step 4: Claim for reimbursement

Fill in a claim for reimbursement within 30 days after your travel using the trip report form.

You must submit the form with all applicable receipts to


For more information, phone the Trade Support Scheme office on 8946 9559 or email

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Last updated: 19 April 2016