Department of State Development
  • South Australia


South Australia - A bright future


South Australia is a model for successfully transitioning away from automotive manufacturing towards services, innovation and knowledge-intensive industries.

We’ve built the precincts and infrastructure that future-focused companies need across defence, health, advanced manufacturing, computing and innovation:

  • 10 gigabit internet
  • Adelaide BioMed City
  • Defence super cluster
  • Lot Fourteen
  • Tonsley Innovation District.

Our collaboration with companies, like Technicolor, ensure they’ll have access to the talented graduates they need to succeed in Adelaide. We are leading in future industries like renewable energy, photonics, NewSpace and machine learning.

Our state has the perfect fusion of people, policies and partners for your company to thrive.

In South Australia

Traditional strengths

  • Creative industries
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Food and beverage
  • Manufacturing
  • Health
  • Mining
  • Tourism.

Technology-driven future

  • Aerospace
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Agtech
  • NewSpace
  • Defence
  • Digital infrastructure
  • Health and medical technology
  • Machine learning
  • Modelling, simulation and big data
  • Renewable energy
  • VFX, VR and AR.

Better for business


South Australia offers a highly competitive environment and an enviable ease of doing business.

Full-time private sector labour costs in South Australia are 10.8 per cent below the Australian average, making our state a great place to expand your workforce. Adelaide continues to be one of the most cost-competitive markets for setting up business and leasing office space, and the regions are even more affordable.

We're more cost-effective

Cost effective

Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures are quoted in Australian dollars.

A new Industry Assistance Framework is available to support proposals that have broad benefits for an industry sector or a number of businesses.

The South Australian Government has a framework for providing assistance to industry through funds including:

Adelaide is ideally placed for businesses to access not only the Australian market but also the key, fast-growing markets of China, India and South East Asia.

Better for business