South Australia offers a fertile ecosystem for growing creative and technology enterprises within a culture of creativity, connectivity and collaboration.

Our capital city, Adelaide, is the most advanced environment for start-ups in Australia and is ideally located to service the growing technology markets of South East Asia, China, India and Japan. In fact, Adelaide won Australia’s Innovative Regions award in 2015 for its advanced start-up ecosystem.

Adelaide is also Australia’s only CISCO Lighthouse City and the first in the southern hemisphere, providing local businesses with access to the company’s huge global network.

Our excellent technology infrastructure makes our state a great choice for enterprises such as support services, cyber security and software development and our geographic location enables work to be handed off across time zones.

Adelaide also has a collaborative ecosystem for immersive experience technologies, encompassing virtual, mixed and augmented reality.

We are known for delivering high quality ICT capabilities, at globally competitive rates meaning investors have access to a deep local talent pool.

Invest in a thriving innovation ecosystem.


In South Australia, you'll find:

    • The third most advantageous jurisdiction of ICT in the world and significant salary differential providing clear cost advantages
    • Australia’s only CISCO Lighthouse city (one of only five in the world)
    • Tonsley – Australia’s first innovation district, where new products are created and commercialised through collaborations between industry and academia
    • 543 ICT students graduated from local universities in 2015, 200 of which were postgraduate degrees
    • Australia’s first Gig City network providing affordable one gigabit connections, with speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second also available
    • Strength in the emerging cyber-security field with global companies such as IBM and NEC
    • TAFE SA, the first education institution in the Asia Pacific region to offer the Fortinet Network Security Academy (FNSA), designed to develop and train action-oriented cyber-security experts.
    • Smart City Studio – an innovation lab for entrepreneurs, community and researchers
    • Home of Australia’s simulation and modelling industry (and Simulation Australasia), including product lifecycle management (PLM)
    • World leading creative businesses and talent through companies such as Rising Sun Pictures and KOJO

Download a copy of our Technology and creative industries sector brochure



Gavin Artz
Ph: +61 8 8303 2242
Mobile: +61 417 083 174
Email: gavin.artz@sa.gov.au

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