Trade Support Scheme

The Trade Support Scheme helps small to medium businesses in the Northern Territory (NT) 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.


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 be ready to export and show:

  • your proposed project is likely to be successful
  • 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.

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

Development of export marketing plans and promotional material

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

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

Trade exhibitions, conferences and marketing meetings

You can claim up to 50% of the cost of attending international trade exhibitions, conferences and meetings with prospective buyers or agents. The maximum amount you can claim is $6,000.

You must provide receipts for all expenditure considered for reimbursement.

You can get funding for up to three events.

Types of expenses that you can request reimbursement for are explained in more detail below and include:

  • airfares
  • accommodation
  • on-the-ground expenses
  • freight
  • travel for inbound buyers.


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.


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

You must provide receipts.

The following are not covered:

  • personal expenses such as dry-cleaning
  • overnight travel with no accommodation costs.


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 freight costs up to $2,000.

You can claim for international freight related to export marketing. This includes 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.

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.

To apply for the Trade Support Scheme follow the below steps.

Step 1. Fill in the application

Fill in the Trade Support Scheme application.

Trade Support Scheme application PDF (545.0 KB)
Trade Support Scheme application DOCX (687.9 KB)

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
  • detailed information about proposed marketing 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 your application

Submit your form with attached supporting documents by email to

You must submit the form at least 14 days before you start your marketing activities.

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 completing your activity using the below form.

Trade Support Scheme activity report form DOCX (686.7 KB)
Trade Support Scheme activity report form PDF (528.0 KB)

You must submit the form with all applicable receipts to

Last updated: 05 February 2020

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