Investment Opportunity

Why South Australia

South Australia is a place where brilliant minds develop business ideas, test and sell them to the world.

Dedicated, collaborative state-of-the-art innovation precincts, including Lot Fourteen and Tonsley, attract some of the world’s best talent.

We’re home to pioneering enterprise, exciting new industries and a progressive, prosperous society.

Investing in South Australia


South Australia is rich in many ways, from its diverse natural resources to the bold, enterprising people who call it home. Here, a unique blend of environment, talent and government come together to create opportunities and outcomes that simply can’t happen anywhere else. It is the perfect place to bring ambition to life.

Attracting brilliant minds from all over the globe, we are a place of connection for future-focused industries. Our sectors co-exist in hi-tech hubs and research centres, forging collaborative ecosystems that open doors and inspire new ways of thinking.

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

Our unique blend of commerce, creativity and lifestyle, underpins our state’s economic development.


Better for business

  • Premium city office accommodation


    • 66% cheaper than Sydney
    • 49% cheaper than Melbourne
    • 44% cheaper than Brisbane
  • Competitive labour costs


    • No payroll tax for wages under $1.5 million
    • Average workers’ compensation premiums are lower than Victoria and New South Wales
    • Average wages are 13.6% below the national average, 16.1% lower than New South Wales and 12.8% lower than Victoria.
  • A more liveable city


    • One of the world’s top 10 most liveable cities
    • Adelaide has the lowest cost of living in Australia
    • Greater access than Sydney and Melbourne to housing, hospitals, higher education, independent schools, dining, shopping, beaches and fitness.
  • Dynamic collaboration spaces


    • Lot Fourteen hosts the Australian Space Agency and growing capabilities in defence and hi-tech
    • Tonsley Innovation District features premier high-value manufacturing and is recognised for reimagining and redeveloping traditional manufacturing
    • Adelaide BioMed City, one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, is home to over 2,000 researchers.
  • High-capacity infrastructure


    • Ten Gigabit Adelaide is a revolutionary high-performance 10Gbps fibre optic data network enabling high volume data exchange
    • GigCity connects businesses to ultra-fast and affordable gigabit internet, up to 1,000 times faster than the national average.
  • Massive defence investment


    • South Australia is the defence state with $90 billion worth of projects including the Attack Class Submarine, Hunter Class Frigates, Collins Class Submarine sustainment and ANZAC ship combat system
    • Home to the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C), helping businesses understand and navigate the cyber ecosystem and their cyber needs
    • Edinburgh Defence Precinct is a key national defence research, manufacturing and sustainment hub.

Business in South Australia

Connected ecosystem


South Australia embraces collaboration and working in partnership across sectors to create an ecosystem that brings business together to research, inspire and develop commercial outcomes.

Our government works side-by-side with global entities and grassroots enterprises to provide a seamless and fully immersive experience, aligning policy and ambition to make great things happen.

Industry in South Australia


Our state is world-renowned for its collaborative ecosystem that provides industry with access to the best minds in business, academia, research and government. We are globally recognised for our premium food and wine, abundant natural and renewable energy resources; our leadership in defence, space, health and medical industries; our capabilities in the hi-tech and creative industries sectors and our world-class higher education institutes.

Cross-sector capabilities


Our precincts and infrastructure are future-focused, aimed at supporting innovation and knowledge-intensive industries. We have the perfect fusion of people, policies and partners for companies to thrive.

Where to invest: Our sectors of opportunity

We work with our investors to uncover opportunities in South Australia, to showcase our comparative advantages that will unleash the potential for entrepreneurship and innovation to drive the next generation of businesses and opportunities.

  • Creative industries


    Our cultural creativity is helping to inspire new enterprises and attract global companies to South Australia.

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  • Defence


    South Australia is the nation’s defence state and we are home to $90 billion worth of Australian defence projects that support our highly developed supply chain.

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  • Energy and mining


    South Australia leads the nation in renewable energy and our rich, natural assets, headlined by large deposits of copper, gold, iron ore, graphite and petroleum are complemented by one of the world’s best climates for wind and solar.

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  • Food, wine and agribusiness


    South Australia is a leading agricultural region, with clean, green food and beverages that produce premium quality food and wine for global exports.

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  • Health and medical industries


    South Australia’s global leadership in medical technologies is supported by our health science precinct, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere.

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  • Hi-tech


    With our world-class capabilities in hi-tech, our state is demonstrating pioneering enterprise in automation, defence, photonics and frontier materials.

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  • International education


    Our state’s international education sector is focused on industries of the future, attracting students from around the world to our highly-regarded universities and providing opportunities for investment.

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  • Space industries


    Our state’s space sector is incredibly active and is home to Australia’s national space agency.

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  • Tourism


    Our unique regions with world-class produce, stunning coastline and unique native wildlife provides opportunities for sustainable tourism developments and experiences.

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Precincts and Clusters

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.

  • Edinburgh Defence Precinct

    Edinburgh Defence Precinct is a key national defence research, manufacturing and sustainment hub.

  • Flinders Medical Centre (FMC)

    FMC has an international reputation as one of Australia’s finest public teaching hospitals and as a centre for research excellence. It is co-located with the Flinders University School of Medicine and Flinders Private Hospital.

  • Flinders Village

    A new development of a world-class health research facility, providing state of the art research facilities, as well as teaching simulation and clinical research spaces.

  • 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.

  • Osborne Naval Shipyard

    Osborne Naval Shipyard is the nation’s premier naval industry hub for companies pursuing opportunities in defence or commercial ship-building and ship sustainment projects.

  • Roseworthy Campus

    Roseworthy Campus is an internationally renowned centre for excellence in dryland agriculture, natural resource management and animal production.

  • 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.

  • The Defence and Space Landing Pad

    Giving international companies the unique opportunity to be part of a thriving innovation ecosystem at Lot Fourteen.

  • 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.

  • Waite Research Precinct

    Waite Research Precinct is a world-class research, development, teaching and commercialisation precinct. Underpinning Australia’s agricultural industries with both fundamental and applied research, the Waite’s great strengths are in grains, soil and wine.

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.

  • Adelaide Studios

    A creative hub for South Australian screen businesses and screen practitioners whose reputation for the creation of quality screen content across film, television and digital platforms continues to grow nationally and internationally.

  • Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C)

    Assisting businesses to understand and navigate the cyber specialists and ecosystem to address their specific cyber needs.

  • Australian Space Agency

    Transforming and growing a globally respected space industry.

  • Game Plus

    Game Plus is a collaborative workspace for game developers and related specialist technology start-ups. Established to support the needs of small independent studios, Game Plus is a workspace that has been custom built to enhance collaboration and innovation.

  • Jam Factory

    A unique not-for-profit organisation that champions the social, cultural and economic value of craft and design in daily life.

  • Mission Control

    A focal point for space missions in Australia, providing real-time control and testing.

  • Space Discovery Centre

    The centre will open in 2021 and provide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, engagement and inspiration for young Australians.

  • St Paul’s Creative Centre

    A unique co-working and shared office space for those working in arts and creative industries, based in the heart of Adelaide.

  • Tonsley Mining Energy Services

    The Tonsley innovation district is home to key energy and mining organisations, including CORE Innovation’s satellite office, Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence, and the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library, Australian Hydrogen Centre, SIMEC Energy Australia and ZEN Energy, and CMW Geosciences.

Case studies

South Australia’s first rocket launch just months away

South Australia’s space sector will take a ‘giant leap’ forward this year, with its first rocket launch at a new test range in the state’s far west to be held within months.

Adelaide space start-up Southern Launch will fire a rocket about 100km into space from its Koonibba test range, further cementing SA as the space capital of Australia and paving the way for an influx of future work.

But aerospace engineer and Southern Launch chief executive Lloyd Damp believes the launch will be the rumble before the start of the avalanche for SA’s fledgling space industry.

Mr Damp says the looming opportunities for SA are ‘in the order of billions of dollars’ with lucrative government contracts on the horizon and a ‘multitude’ of foreign space companies eyeing the state.

Lloyd Damp
Chief Executive, Southern Launch