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The South Australian Advantage

South Australia offers a highly competitive and profitable investment environment and an ease of doing business that supports innovation and growth.

With a highly skilled workforce, cutting edge research and development, competitive labour costs, and strong collaboration between government, industry and academia, South Australia is a place where business thrives.

Perfectly located for business to access not only the Australian market, but also the fast-growing Asian markets, South Australia is home to pioneering enterprise, innovative future industries and a progressive, prosperous society.

The Government of South Australia’s EXCITE science and innovation strategy is powering up the State’s 18 innovation precincts (Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources) to broker new partnerships and establish networks for collaborative knowledge transfer.  

These innovation districts are accelerating commercialisation and developing the workforce in industry sectors where South Australia is globally recognised like defence, space, health and medical industries.  Our capabilities in the hi-tech and creative industries sectors are attracting some of the world’s brightest and most talented people.  

South Australia consistently proves it is better for business:

  • Affordable premium city office accommodation

    • Average of 53% cheaper than Australian Eastern States

  • Competitive labour costs

    • No payroll tax for wages under $1.5 million (Revenue SA)

    • Labour costs are 11% below the national average (ABS6302 Average Weekly Earnings)

  • Adelaide is a more liveable city

    • The Economist ranked Adelaide as one of the world’s Top 10 most liveable cities (2019)

    • Adelaide has one of the lowest costs of living in Australia

  • High-capacity technology 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.

  • Massive industry investment

    • $90 billion worth of defence projects including the Attack Class Submarine, Hunter Class Frigates, Collins Class Submarine sustainment and ANZAC ship combat system

  • Home to national industry centres of excellence:

    • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

    • Australian Institute for Machine Learning

    • Australian Space Agency

    • Australian Space Discovery Centre and Mission Control

    • Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C)


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