Department of State Development

The South Australia Export Accelerator (SAEA) grant is a financial assistance program for South Australian businesses who are looking to grow into international markets.

South Australia Export Accelerator programWe provide funding support to you at each stage of your export journey. Whether you are an emerging, current or mature exporter (subject to eligibility), the SAEA may help in your exporting.

There are three funding categories in SAEA. Each is designed to help you expand your business through export marketing activities.

See the program guidelines for program eligibility, eligible activities and terms and conditions.

Program guidelines
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The categories are:

Emerging Exporter

Grants up to $5,000 are available to South Australian businesses that are exporting for the first time

Export Accelerator

Grants up to $30,000 are available to help fund business expansion that will create multiple direct ongoing jobs

New Market Entry

Grants up to $15,000 per new international market are available for mature export companies looking to expand their business into new markets. This is available to companies that have exhausted or are not eligible for the Emerging Exporter and Export Accelerator categories.


Eligible activities include:

  • Marketing materials
  • Market research
  • E-commerce development
  • Export training and consulting
  • Participation in tradeshows and business missions
  • Overseas travel and accommodation costs
  • Support for inbound buyers.


Key dates: 

Applications open

Applications close

27 January 2020

6 March 2020

6 July 2020

14 August 2020

28 September 2020

30 October 2020

1 February 2021

12 March 2021

Applications must be submitted by 5:00PM CST on the
close date in order to be considered.

While travel restrictions are in place, applicants may need creative approaches to establish, maintain and develop relationships for export overseas or in-bound visitation. This may also involve undertaking activities that are not normally eligible under the program. In such circumstances, these will be considered where applicants can clearly demonstrate these activities are essential to the facilitation of their Export Plan and directly align to export outcomes. You are also encouraged to speak with the Grants Administrator or your local TradeStart Adviser prior to submitting your application to discuss your proposed activities.

The South Australia Export Accelerator is a competitive, merit based grant program, where applicants must provide 1:1 matched funding.