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Domestic travel and accommodation costs related to international marketing visits.


This ruling clarifies Austrade's policy position where marketing visit claims include fares and daily overseas visit allowance for time spent travelling within Australia to connect with international flights.

Subsection 34(4) of the EMDG Act 1997 provides that $200 for each day spent during any overseas marketing visit on an approved promotional purpose is to be an allowable expense for grant calculation purposes.

As a general rule, domestic travel and accommodation costs will be covered where the costs are linked to meeting international flights being undertaken for export promotion purposes.


Austrade will allow any fares expenses directly attributable to boarding an international flight being undertaken for eligible export promotional purposes including taxi, bus or domestic air fares incurred by the applicant.

In calculating the $200 per day daily allowance, Austrade will consider the international visit to commence when the applicant's traveller departs home to meet the particular international flight. Similarly, the visit will end for the purposes of the $200 per day calculation when the traveller returns home.

The arrangements for travelling to and from the airport should be as direct as reasonable. The $200 per day allowance is only payable in relation to travel time.


Applicant travels from a regional centre in NSW to Sydney by bus and taxi on 1 July 2001 and, being required to leave for USA at 7am 2 July, stays at a Sydney airport hotel that night. Where the marketing visit is made for eligible purposes, Austrade will allow the bus and taxi fares of the traveller and will start the $200 per day calculation on 1 July, thus providing the EMDG support for the required overnight accommodation.

The above assessment principles will also apply in cases where a traveller lives in or near the city where the particular airport is located and where taxis, for example, are used. In the same way, Austrade will consider the international visit to commence when the applicant departs home to meet the international flight and to end when the traveller returns home, assuming that the travel to and from the airport is as direct as reasonable.


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