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.

Administered by the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment, SAEA provides 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 are available for mature export companies that have exhausted their grant funding but are looking to enter new export markets. New Market Entry of $15,000 per new export market.


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.

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


Key dates for upcoming rounds: 

Applications Open

Applications Close

1 July 2019

2 August 2019

1 October 2019

1 November 2019

27 January 2020

6 March 2020 **

** subject to budget

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