South Australia’s natural environment – our productive and rich earth, precious water resources and marine and fishing resources – not only make our state a great place to live but underpin our drive for increased economic growth.

The global move towards ‘clean and green’ products, the world-wide climate-transition, a record level of tourists looking for new experiences and shifts in international and national waste policy, provide South Australia with new opportunities to drive our state’s growth.

Our iconic wine regions, unique wildlife, pristine marine and fisheries resources, and rich mineral and energy resources are just some of our state’s environmental assets that are essential to our export sectors. By investing in our natural assets, we invest in our export economy – while making South Australia more liveable and sustainable.

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Driving growth

The South Australian Government is already at work, together with industry, to drive economic prosperity and support business growth in our state.

In progress

  • November 2020

    This initiative provides $1.2 million over five years for negotiation of mineral exploration Indigenous Land Use Agreements over the highly prospective Gawler Craton and Curnamona provinces. This will improve commercial relations between explorers and native title holders to ensure that land access arrangements deliver greater certainty to both parties.

    Funding will also provide for the development of a leading practice and consistent agreement-making framework to ensure land access arrangements better meet the need of all parties and maximise benefits for the state. An amount of $50,000 in 2023-24 is budgeted to facilitate a review at the conclusion of the funding term to inform future land access arrangements between native title holders, explorers and peak bodies. This initiative has been funded from the Economic and Business Growth Fund.

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  • July 2020

    The once-in-a-generation $25 million rebuild of the South Australian Dog Fence reached a major milestone, with the first section of the work completed.

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    May 2019

    Rebuilding 1,600km of the 2150-kilometre-long South Australian Dog Fence to protect the livestock industry.

    View the media release.

  • A new sustainable water source will improve water resilience and increase water supply to the northern parts of South Australia. There is an opportunity for new water infrastructure to support mining, pastoral and defence activities in the region, as well as local communities. Further investigations into the project are underway.

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  • Tourism has been identified in Australia’s ‘next wave of prosperity’ as one of the top five sectors of economic growth in the country. Nature-based tourism is one of the fastest growing tourism segments and it a significant driver of jobs growth, especially in regional communities. Parks 2025 is a collection of investment initiatives designed to help build the capacity of parks across our state to conserve our natural landscapes and wildlife, boost the state’s visitor economy and strengthen local communities. This investment at a statewide level is building our state’s nature-based tourism attractions and will broaden the appeal of South Australia to visitors from around the globe. This initiative also contributes directly to the ambitious targets specified in the Tourism Sector Plan.

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  • October 2020

    Announced by the Minister for Mines and Energy on 20 October 2020 as part of the launch of the Energy and Mining Strategy. This project aims  to address water access and productivity constraints to growth by improving knowledge of groundwater resources in targeted regions of South Australia and identifying requirements for, and limitations to, developing multi-use infrastructure corridors to priority areas.

    Learn more

    Read the media release.

  • Completed

  • August 2019

    The South Australian Government commits to lift the Genetically Modified Food Crops Moratorium on mainland South Australia, but retain it on Kangaroo Island, following recommendations from a high-level independent review undertaken by Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson AC.

    View the media release.

  • July 2019

    Expanded recreation activities at Warren, Bundaleer and Myponga reservoirs will be available this summer, with South Para Reservoir expected to be open shortly after.

    View the media release.

  • September 2020

    South Australia has become the first state in the country to ban single-use plastics with legislation passing Parliament.

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    July 2019

    Phasing out single use plastics and direct support for the development of alternative replacement materials.

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  • June 2019

    State government committed $140,000 to Grain Producers SA (GPSA) to develop a South Australian Grain Industry Blueprint.

    While SA's grain industry is one of the state's largest economic producers contributing almost $4.2 billion in 2017–18, there are significant opportunities for the grains industry to grow further through the development of supply chain efficiencies, new industry sectors and varieties, adoption of emerging technologies, research, development and extension, market access and value-adding.

    With an estimated 4,500 grain farmers in South Australia the Grain Industry Blueprint will not only help grow agribusiness revenue but increase jobs in the state, including the regions.

    Growers are invited to a series of regional consultation meetings to provide feedback and insight on the development of the grain industry blueprint – details are published on the Grain Producers SA website.

    View the media release.

  • June 2019

    State government announced $150,000 in support of the Wine Business Growth Program, which is designed to support small to medium wine making businesses through mentoring and funding to achieve greater market advantage and sustainable growth.

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  • June 2019

    Additional detection and eradication measures have been taken to keep fruit fly and other plant pests out of South Australia.

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  • July 2019

    The South Australian Government is contributing $600,000 towards covering staffing and operating costs at the National Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facility, located at Port Augusta, South Australia, through to 31 March 2022 as part of a $10 million national funding agreement between the state government, Hort Innovation and the University of Western Sydney.

    SIT technology has been a key part of eradication responses to fruit fly outbreaks across Australia and the facility at Port Augusta is supported by SITPlus, a national $45 million research and development partnership.

    10 May 2019

    $500,000 to fund a new irradiator to boost sterilisation technology.

  • June 2019

    Released major funding for infrastructure development in waste industry

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  • Interested in becoming a Home Battery Scheme provider? Visit the Home Battery Scheme website.

    31 December 2018

    enphase, Tesla and LGChem/Sungrow join sonnen, Alpha-ESS and Eguana Technologies as suppliers of home battery systems manufactured in South Australia, with more systems approved in the coming weeks.

    20 November 2018

    Canadian energy storage firm Eguana Technologies invests $12m in partners with LG to assemble and manufacture its cutting-edge Evolve home energy storage system in Adelaide, creating up to 200 new jobs over the next three years.

    14 November 2018

    Chinese energy storage company Alpha-ESS sign an agreement with the South Australian Government to manufacture battery storage systems in partnership with Minda Disability Support Services, creating more than 100 new local jobs. By 2020 Alpha-ESS plan to manufacture more than 8,000 of their SMILE 5 batteries in Adelaide per year.

    29 October 2018

    Forty-thousand South Australians are given access to state government grants of up to $6,000 to help pay for the installation of a home battery system.

    The $100 million in state government subsidies are matched by $100 million in finance from the Commonwealth Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to provide low-interest loans for the balance of systems purchased under the scheme and new solar where required.

    The Home Battery Scheme website is launched to help consumers find a qualified battery system provider, search for an approved system, request a quote, and apply for the scheme subsidy and a low-interest CEFC loan.

    9 September 2018

    German energy storage giant sonnen announces plans to establish an Australian headquarters in South Australia for assembling its world-leading home battery technology and becomes the first Home Battery Scheme provider. With plans to manufacture up to 10,000 battery storage units a year over the next five years approximately 430 local manufacturing and installation jobs will be created.

    8 September 2018

    State government announces its Home Battery Scheme to provide 40,000 South Australian households with access to $100 million in subsidies to pay for the installation of home battery systems from October 2018.

  • December 2018

    Added more than 2000 hectares to South Australia’s national and conservation parks.

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  • April 2019

    Providing earlier information on allocations to water users in the Murray-Darling Basin.

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  • September 2021

    Changes to the approach to water allocation reductions have been implemented with the community and stakeholders, including reductions scheduled from 2018 not being implemented in management areas that have been downgraded from high risk to medium or low risk, this includes Short, Frances, Hynam East, Zone 3A and Zone 5A.

    Actions implemented in areas of concern included: Completed the procedure reducing allocations for forests harvested in 2017 in the management areas of Coles, Short and Zone 3A, no reductions in MacDonnell until the next review of the Plan (2023) and increased monitoring and data collection in the Joanna management area.

  • September 2021

    Nine South Australian reservoir reserves are now open to the public including Hope Valley, Myponga, Warren, South Para, Beetaloo, Mount Bold, Barossa, Tod River and Bundaleer Reservoirs. Work on Happy Valley Reservoir has commenced and is expected to open in December 2021.

    Keep updated on the project.

  • Feedback was welcomed from the community and industry during the consultation period – 25 September to 19 November 2021.

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    January 2019

    Reviewing of the state’s container deposit scheme is underway.

    Learn more from the Environment Protection Authority website.