Ongoing and rapid advances in technology are creating significant demographic, societal and environmental shifts that have also become key drivers of economic change and growth.

Our state’s focus is on encouraging businesses and entrepreneurs to start, innovate and grow their companies in South Australia and to collaborate with other businesses to build commercial partnerships and opportunities.

A highly skilled and responsive workforce will provide businesses with ready access to the right mix of trained employees needed to drive innovation, improve productivity and take up new opportunities in global markets. Such a workforce also makes South Australia a more desirable investment option and a drawcard for migrants who can provide an injection of skills, talent and ideas into our economy to complement our local skill base.

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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

    The South Australian government has committed to investing $5 million in the development of a new facility used to support ASC Shipbuilding’s Hunter Class frigate program.

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  • November 2020

    The Go2Gov program calls on start-ups and early stage businesses to help transform public policy, modernise service delivery and drive economic growth.

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  • November 2020

    $2.5 million to support the GigCity program to:

    • Ensure the ongoing operation of the current GigCity Program at the 24 existing innovation precincts.
    • Improve the cybersecurity resilience of the GigCity network to meet security requirements of Defence and cyber technology industries.

    Learn more from the State Budget

  • October 2020

    Funding for an Innovation Challenge (to be developed with the Chief Scientist and Chief Entrepreneur) to capture new technologies and facilitate the convergence of research and development from across technology domains to support industry sectors and start-ups gain early market advantage.

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  • October 2020

    $1.8 million has been allocated to establish an Value-Added Oats Centre of Excellence.

    Learn more from the Media Release

  • October 2020

    Investment will encourage South Australia’s primary producers to further adopt technology to increase productivity and profitability.

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  • October 2020

    The South Australian AgTech Strategic Plan identifies three key challenges to the adoption of AgTech on-farm in South Australia, with seven priorities and key actions.

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  • October 2020

    EXCITE: South Australia’s Science and Innovation Strategy harnesses a range of strategies that ensure each of the key enablers of the STEMM Research and Innovation Value Chain (Excellence, Collaboration, Innovation, Translation and an Enabled future workforce) operate optimally to attract new research investment across the fields of STEMM to deliver innovative products, services and processes to take SA to the world. EXCITE articulates measures of performance for each of these key enablers.

    Innovation Intermediaries, a strategy of EXCITE, provides stronger links between industry and research within South Australia’s Innovation Districts and Neighbourhoods. It is focused on SMEs, to enhance industry-research collaboration and increase knowledge transfer, technology capability, growth in revenue and export as part of a South Australian Knowledge Transfer Network.

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  • October 2020

    $1.2 million has been allocated for South Australia to partner in a Pulse Protein Cooperative Research Centre.

    Learn more from the Media Release

  • Completed

  • November 2020

    The state government launched a new 10-year strategy to accelerate the development of South Australia’s creative industries.

    The Creative Industries Strategy, part of the state government’s Growth State initiative, sets an ambitious target of five per cent growth per annum to 2030.

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  • November 2020

    The Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre has been established at the Lot Fourteen innovation precinct. The Centre has been established to house a cyber training academy and cyber test range and provides physical space for collaboration. An additional $1.2m has been approved for an expansion of the A3C facility to include tenancy space for cyber-related businesses and additional collaboration space.

    August 2019

    The $8.9 million Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre will be established at the Lot Fourteen innovation precinct and is anticipated to be fully operational by July 2020.

    Learn more from the Department for Innovation and Skills website.

  • 9 October 2020

    The 10 year, $8 million EXCITE Strategy was launched, designed to attract research investment and showcase South Australia’s innovation capabilities world-wide.

    View the strategy.

  • January 2020

    Construction and fit-out of the MIT Living Lab at Lot Fourteen was completed in January 2020.

    July 2019

    Construction and fit-out of the MIT Living Lab at Lot Fourteen is underway. When complete, this world-leading facility will bring together the public, private and research sectors, analysing data to determine the most effective ways for South Australia to drive both economic and sustainable population growth.

    View the media release.

  • December 2019

    A $2 million scholarship program announced to increase the number of students undertaking a resources-related engineering course in the state’s tertiary education system. A $1.2 million grant from the state government will be paired with $880,000 from the resources industry and administered by the Playford Memorial Trust.

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  • November 2019

    Banksia Park International High School, Seaton High School, Heathfield High School, Murray Bridge High School and Mount Gambier High School will be the state’s first specialist entrepreneurial schools, delivering learning programs that will promote and encourage entrepreneurial mindsets in students.

    View the media release.

  • 10 July 2019

    The South Australian Government has invested $20.5 million into six South Australian-based National Collaborative Research Infrastructure facilities. This leverages an additional $47.1 million in Australian Government funding and $15.4 million from local research institutions.

    View the media release.

  • July 2019

    State government signs on with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to collaborate on the development of a Living Lab at Adelaide’s innovation precinct, Lot Fourteen, bolstering the state’s position as a global hub for entrepreneurship and innovation.

    The Living Lab, enabled by principal partner BankSA and supported by technology partner Optus Business, will bring together the public, private and research sectors, analysing data to determine the most effective ways for South Australia to drive both economic and sustainable population growth using.

    Lear more about MIT Living Labs.

  • October 2019

    Stone & Chalk officially opens at Lot Fourteen as businesses flock to the innovation precinct.

    June 2019

    Stone & Chalk is announced as anchor tenant and operator at the Startup Hub@Lot Fourteen.

  • June 2019

    Funding of $6.0 million in 2018-19 towards the South Australian Film Corporation’s Screen Production Investment Fund. This fund is used to finance local and international screen production, providing opportunities to broaden the talent base of emerging and established South Australian screen practitioners and position South Australian screen businesses with opportunities to deliver on a local, national and international scale.

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  • April 2019

    Australia’s largest ever nationally coordinated ecosystem of space research and industry collaboration, the SmartSat CRC, is announced to complement the work of the Australian Space Agency. The CRC is a consortium of industry and research organisations that will operate over seven years and focus on research and development initiatives in niche areas of intelligent satellite systems, advanced communications and Earth Observation analytics.

  • March 2019

    $6 million for a Mission Control Centre and an additional $6 million for the establishment of a Space Discovery Centre is announced as part of the Adelaide City Deal.

  • March 2019

    Signed deeds for two new Designated Area Migration Agreements to provide an additional avenue to attract skilled migrants to our state where local workers are not available.

    View the media release.

  • March 2019

    As part of the state government’s Skilling South Australia initiative, Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) have been established to strengthen industry’s voice in skills and workforce development, and to ensure that funding for skills and training is directly aligned to industry priorities.

    13 December 2018

    A revitalised Training and Skills Commission is announced, along with the establishment of eight Industry Skills Councils, with all active from 1 January 2019.

    View the media release.

  • February 2019

    State government introduces the Research, Commercialisation and Start Up Fund, delivering $27.9m over four years to support new and existing businesses and research enterprises, with a focus on Lot Fourteen.

    View the media release.

  • December 2018

    Adelaide's City Deal is signed off with Memoranda of Understanding marking the beginning of a 10-year agreement between the Commonwealth Government, the Government of South Australia and the City of Adelaide to collaborate on projects that will boost economic growth, enliven cultural tourism and build the state's future as a centre of innovation excellence.

    The deal is designed to develop SA's innovative economy and support its population growth, which in turn will attract the interstate and overseas investment needed to generate the high-skilled, high-paying jobs that are the basis of a prosperous future for South Australia.

    The City Deal also supports the establishment of an Innovation Hub, the Gallery for Aboriginal Art and Cultures, an International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies and an Indigenous Business Hub.

  • November 2018

    The FIXE brand and strategic vision is launched by HRH the Duke of York, alongside the announcement of the South Australian Entrepreneurship Advisory Board membership.

    FIXE (the Future Industries eXchange for Entrepreneurship) is established to create the right culture, improve the capability and mobilise the capital required to make South Australia a global leader in entrepreneurship, particularly in rapidly growing future industries such as space, defence and cyber security, which are driving economic growth and creating new, knowledge-intensive jobs.

    View the media release.

  • September 2018

    Opened Lot Fourteen as an innovation neighbourhood.

    Appointed South Australia’s first Chief Entrepreneur, Jim Whalley (18 August 2018), established South Australia’s Entrepreneurship Advisory Board (26 November 2018) and opened the Startup Hub at Lot Fourteen (16 October 2019) to provide a new model of entrepreneurship in South Australia.

    Visit the Lot Fourteen website.

  • August 2018

    A new Chief Scientist was appointed to provide independent advice on science, research, technology and innovation.

    View the media release.

  • April 2018

    The Skilling South Australia initiative is a $192.1 million partnership with the Commonwealth Government to create over 20,800 new apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years. Increased apprenticeships and traineeships that lead to lasting careers will prepare our skilled workforce for the wave of massive economic opportunity coming from growth industries, such as defence, digital, cyber security and health.

    Visit the Skilling South Australia website for a full list of projects contributing to this goal, including the South Australia Defence Industry Leadership Program, Ai Group Higher Apprenticeships Program and Generating Regional Traineeships and Apprenticeships project.

    Since the launch of Skilling South Australia in September 2018, around 790 subsidised traineeship and apprenticeship courses are now accessible for delivery by non-government training providers, helping to support a more stable and contestable training market in South Australia.

    The Government is also collaborating with business, including through Industry Skills Councils, to meet the skills needs of our state’s existing and emerging industries. This will help boost our economy, build productive infrastructure, grow our exports, and create long-term career pathways.

    As at April 2019, the Skilling Australia Funding target of 10,000+ commencements in South Australia has been achieved, showing steady progress to increase activity above historic declines.

    View the media release.

  • August 2018

    The appointment of South Australia's first Chief Entrepreneur, Jim Whalley, is announced, heralding the state government's new approach to economic growth through entrepreneurship.

  • May 2018

    The South Australian Government is supporting the state’s emerging space industry by providing funding of up $1 million a year over four years to grow jobs, establish a new space innovation hub and build SA’s space ecosystem through the Space Innovation Fund.

    26 June 2018

    Applications open for a new Space Incubator Program to support start-ups and entrepreneurs to enter the growing space industry market.

    23 May 2018

    Five local space innovators each are awarded $20,000 scholarships allowing them travel overseas for further study.