Critical Technologies


Critical Technologies

Big data, data analytics – Machine learning – Artificial intelligence – Cyber security


We are home to the Australian Institute for Machine Learning, a global leader in machine learning and robotic vision research and high-impact research translation and the state has an ongoing partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Connection Science.

Tap into the expertise of the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre at Lot Fourteen.

Our state has the rare ability to rapidly scale to meet the skilled workforce needs of global technology companies, providing the infrastructure, safety and security to transform businesses.

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Investing in South Australia's technology and innovation ecosystem

South Australia leapt into the future to ensure our companies are building capability and sustainability for the next decade, in preparation for a technological transformation. With the rare ability to rapidly scale a skilled workforce to meet the needs of global technology companies, providing infrastructure, safety and security, South Australia is one of the best places in the world to establish or expand operations.
Our partnerships reach around the world and include the Australian Institute for Machine Learning working in collaboration with some of the best and brightest minds from MIT Connection Science to provide data analytics capabilities.

Some of the world’s biggest tech companies have expanded into South Australia, including Accenture (NYSE:ACN), which established the Accenture Adelaide Hub, expected to create up to 2,000 new jobs over five years, Microsoft Azure Space, Nokia 5G, Deloitte which is expanding their South Australian presence with the opening of the first Australian Centre for Innovation and Technology, creating 1500 jobs and global consultancy firm, Cognizant, which is creating 1,600 jobs in the highly skilled areas of software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing and data analytics.

South Australia’s reputation as an innovative, collaborative and forward-thinking state and its recognised capabilities in machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics continue to go from strength to strength in attracting the attention of global companies wanting to drive innovation.

Investment advantages 

South Australia offers global companies a unique opportunity with first pick of world standard graduates and the opportunity to partner with local universities at the cutting-edge of machine learning.
A presence in Adelaide opens access to growing AI opportunities across many sectors, including Creative Industries.
Lot Fourteen is a collaborative innovation precinct focused on growing the industries of the future, from machine learning, space and defence to health and medical. 
Three of our state’s major universities have dedicated world-class artificial intelligence centres and Internet of Things labs, providing best-practice research and development, as well as the ability to rapidly scale the workforce of the future.

Connected ecosystem 

Adelaide has a sophisticated hi-tech ecosystem and is Australia’s centre for cyber security, defence technology research and electronic warfare capabilities.  
We have world-class capabilities in data analytics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, which is powering sophistication in industries such as health and medical industries, renewable energy, defence, space, food and agribusiness. 
The National Space Agency is based at innovation precinct, Lot Fourteen, and provides opportunities in software, cyber security and artificial intelligence.
One of the largest biomedical precincts in the Southern Hemisphere, Adelaide BioMed City, is providing best-practice international medical technology.

Innovation precincts

Collaboration is in our DNA here in South Australia. You will have access to some of the best innovation precincts where high-profile businesses, academia, industry bodies and government are co-located and working together.
  • Adelaide BioMed City

    Adelaide Biomed City is one of the largest health and life sciences clusters in the Southern Hemisphere and brings together research, education, clinical care and business development.

  • Lot Fourteen

    Lot Fourteen is a space that fosters collaboration and innovation across sectors and disciplines, including defence and space, artificial intelligence, digital health, machine learning and robotics, cyber security and creative industries.

  • Stretton Centre

    Stretton Centre is a catalyst for innovation and connects entrepreneurs, home-based businesses, researchers, practitioners and industry.

  • Technology Park

    Technology Park is an established hub of defence and aerospace, advanced electronics, health, training, consulting, and information communication technology companies. Technology Park Adelaide provides a thriving environment for business collaboration and networking.

  • Tonsley Innovation District

    Tonsley is a hub for advanced manufacturing businesses and services specialising in high-growth sectors: health, medical devices and assistive technologies, cleantech and renewable energy, software and simulation, mining and energy services.

Business clusters

Our industry clusters provide strong intellectual and research foundations, providing opportunities to share talent, technology and infrastructure.
  • Adelaide Airport

    With global acknowledgement that aviation is a vital catalyst for economic growth, Airport Business District is a key economic gateway that seamless integrates zones for a range of industries.

  • Lot Fourteen

    Lot Fourteen is a space that fosters collaboration and innovation across sectors and disciplines, including defence and space, artificial intelligence, digital health, machine learning and robotics, cyber security and creative industries.

Primary contact

Help for investing in South Australia's technology and innovation ecosystem

Mark Wheeler

Mark Wheeler

Director, Health and Acting Director, Critical Technologies, AI and Digital Health

Works with companies to develop projects, negotiate and structure investments, remove barriers, solve problems and support industry.


+61 466 357 625

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