To accelerate growth, we need more businesses exporting and selling to markets outside of South Australia. Lifting private sector investment from both inside and outside the state is essential for economic growth and to improve business competitiveness.

While the state’s exports are growing in value, we have relatively few businesses exporting, and our share of Australian exports has been declining.

South Australia is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities the growing markets of Asia and other regions offer, but it requires concerted effort from industry and government. Business needs to have the confidence to take risks – on new markets, new products, and new production/delivery methods, and government needs to reduce barriers to investment in the state and to promote South Australia to the world.

Most Competitive City in Australia, 2016 KPMG Competitive Alternatives biennial reportTop 20 easiest economy to do business in out of 190 economies, World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report 2019

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

  • June 2021

    Local manufacture of a small satellite to deliver space-derived services to the state. The satellite will be delivered and launched in mid-2022, with data collection and operations until 2025.

    Learn more from the State Budget.

    January 2021

    The state government will be partnering with the South Australian space industry to send a locally manufactured small satellite to low Earth orbit – helping to improve state services such as, emergency services, the environment, water quality monitoring, mining and bushfire mitigation.

    Find out more.

  • June 2021

    Extend and expand the Defence Innovation Partnership including a new ‘Activator’ fund to support larger scale research and development.

    Learn more from the State Budget.

  • June 2021

    The $5.4 million program will provide support for South Australian wine industry export growth and diversification in priority markets.

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  • June 2021

    Grants to artificial intelligence and health technology companies to foster innovation and project support activities including investment concierge services.

    Learn more from the State Budget.

  • June 2021

    Purchase and operation of a new state of the art spectral geoscience instrument at the State Drill Core Library allowing for improved identification of geological samples.

    Learn more from the State Budget.

  • June 2021

    Extension of the Defence and Space Landing Pad program supporting international defence and space companies that bring new, sought-after capability to South Australia.

    Learn more from the State Budget.

  • November 2020

    This initiative provides $800 000 in 2020-21 to undertake a crowd-sourced, open platform international competition to identify technical innovation opportunities across the state’s critical minerals value chain.

    The investment will focus on the key themes identified in the Commonwealth Government’s 2019 Critical Minerals Strategy of attracting investment and supporting innovation in new technologies to support South Australia’s critical minerals sector. The project will also help to diversify supply chains, including in response to challenges presented by COVID-19. This initiative has been funded from the Economic and Business Growth Fund.

    Find out more

  • August 2021

    Since the project's commencement, 53 projects have been announced with new applications continuing to be received demonstrating strong interest.

    November 2020

    Through the South Australian Tourism Commission, the State Government is committing $20 million to the Tourism Industry Development Fund over two years to support regional tourism in South Australia.

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  • November 2020

    $1 million over three years to develop and execute an international education global marketing campaign in partnership with StudyAdelaide, sector and state tourism stakeholders. This will leverage Austrade's new global International Education National Brand to develop sustainable international education growth markets.

    Learn more from the State Budget

  • November 2020

    $1 million over four years to fast-track the development and delivery of a virtual business matching program across the state’s priority sectors. Through this initiative, the department's offshore networks in China, Japan, UK, Malaysia and USA will be better enabled to connect businesses and importers and build advisory referral networks.

    Awareness and marketing campaigns to increase program uptake by exporters will also be undertaken.

    Learn more from the State Budget

  • November 2020

    This initiative provides $5 million over three years for Phase 2 of the Gawler Challenge to build upon the results of the first challenge. This will acquire and deliver new quality open access geoscience datasets to develop the next generation of mineral systems models for the region. This initiative will support increased private mineral exploration expenditure. This initiative has been funded from the Economic and Business Growth Fund.

    Find out more

    November 2019

    A world-wide call for geologists and data scientists to uncover new exploration targets in the state’s Gawler Craton region.

    Using the Geological Survey of South Australia’s historical records, primary data and research, the competition combines geological expertise with new mathematical, machine learning and artificial intelligence to increase the number of potential drill targets across central South Australia.

    View the media release

  • August 2021

    New Trade and Investment office was opened in Singapore in May 2021 that covers the South East Asia region.

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    February 2021

    Establishment of Trade and Investment office in Singapore in April-May 2021 that covers the South East Asia region.
    Establishment of a Business Development Manager located in San Francisco USA in mid-2021.

    August 2020

    New Trade and Investment offices opened; Houston USA (established March 2020), Dubai UAE (established June 2020), New York (established August 2020).

    Further new Business Development Managers for South Australia commenced in Seoul, South Korea (August 2020), and New Dehli, India (November 2020).

    November 2019

    Trade and investment offices in new locations (Houston, USA; Dubai, UAE; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) are being established in markets of importance to South Australia to increase the state’s engagement, opportunities for collaboration, business, investment and jobs.

    Learn more.

    8 March 2019

    Trade and Investment office opens in Australian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan.

    6 November 2018

    Australian Trade and Investment office opens in Shanghai, China.

    November 2018

    The state government has established a global network and is looking to expand its overseas representation and establish a new office in China (Shanghai), Japan, United States of America, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates.

  • April 2020

    The Export Fundamentals Program's primary objective is to provide local exporters with the tools and confidence to explore new international markets. Further information can be found on the Export Fundamentals Program page.

    November 2019

    Export training program that will integrate online resources, face-to-face delivery in both the city and the regions and tailored mentoring to maximise benefits to participants.

    View the media release

  • September 2020

    The Invest in South Australia website was launched in September 2020 and is a one-stop-shop for investors and investment proposals – a free business tool showcasing South Australia investment opportunities to the world. Ongoing enhancements, improvements and linkages have continued.

    November 2019

    Creation of a new digital one-stop-shop for investment attraction and acceleration.

    View the media release

  • July 2021

    Announcement of grant to assist Sony Interactive Entertainment in establishing a new office in Adelaide.

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  • August 2021

    The Environmental Impact Statement for Whalers Way opened for public consultation closing on 16 September 2021.

    The Australian Space Agency granted its first Launch Permit for the first sub-orbital test launch for Taiwanese company, TiSPACE, at Whalers Way.

    Media release


    July 2021

    The Australian Space Agency approved a Launch Facility Licence for Whalers Way for three suborbital test launches to be conducted before the end of 2021.


    March 2021

    Announcement by the Federal Government that the Australian Space Agency has granted Southern Launch a Launch Facilities Licence for the Koonibba Test Range – the first commercial licence ever granted.


    August 2019

    Development of sub orbital and orbital launch facilities for Australian and International rocket and satellite companies.

    The Southern Launch Whalers Way project was gazetted as a Major Development Project by the Minister for Planning on 22 August 2019. The Department for Trade and Investment is supporting Southern Launch in developing its project throughout the current planning and development stages.

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  • August 2021

    Funding of $10 million over three years for approved co-funding exploration activites.

    Round 2 successful projects have been announced.

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  • August 2021

    Australian borders with New Zealand re-opened on 19 April 2021, and on 5 May 2021 AirNZ re-commenced flights to Adelaide from Auckland. The South Australian Tourism Commission and Air New Zealand will continue their positive discussions regarding direct flights from New Zealand.

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  • August 2021

    Supporting Qantas’ expansion in South Australia, an Embraer E190s aircraft base will be established in Adelaide to be the home of five aircraft, and create up to 200 jobs.

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  • October 2021

    Development and deliver of wine programs to assist South Australian wine producers and exporters.

    Media release on Indian Wine Expansion Program

    Media release on US Market Entry Program

  • Completed

  • September 2019

    The Hydrogen Action plan sets out twenty actions across five key areas to help scale-up renewable hydrogen production for export and domestic consumption.

    View the plan.

    Visit the Renewables SA website.

  • May 2019

    In the 2019-20 State Budget an additional $30 million was committed to marketing South Australia, building on the $10 million committed in the 2018-19 budget and a $3 million contribution from the Economic and Business Growth Fund. This commitment will further the acceleration of SA's fast growing visitor economy, which reached $7.6 billion in the September 2019 quarter.

    View the media release.

  • April 2019

    The state government commits $75,000 towards Vinehealth Australia's digital biosecurity platform, which provides real-time data on South Australian vineyards to further strengthen South Australia's phylloxera-free status.

  • March 2019

    The state government announced a $7.5 million Economic and Business Growth Fund contribution to support industry productivity and strengthen biosecurity in the red meat and wool sectors over the next three years, beginning July 2019.

    This funding complements the aims of the Beef and Sheep Industry Blueprints, which highlight opportunities for South Australia to increase farmgate returns and market access.

    The funding will focus on three areas:

    1. Improving productivity
      In partnership with industry, private sector and universities, the South Australian Government will consolidate extension programs, demonstrating the value of business planning and data-based decision making to building industry resilience to adverse events.
    2. Installing infrastructure
      Funding will stimulate industry and private sector investment in installation of individual animal identification readers and systems for sheep in key sale yards, meat processing facilities and on-farm. The use of this technology will demonstrate benefits to traceability and productivity, accelerating adoption of individual animal identification.
    3. Enhancing market access
      Funds will be invested in the South Australian Government’s One Biosecurity program, to enhance both the online system and assist in industry take-up.

    Learn more on the Primary Industries and Resources SA website.

  • From 1 January 2019 the state government abolished payroll tax for the state’s 3,200 businesses with taxable payrolls of up to $1.5 million. This important tax cut is part of a suite of reform measures designed to stimulate economic growth and investment.

    The Payroll Tax (Exemption for Small Business) Amendment Bill 2018 lifts the annual taxable wages threshold from $600,000 to $1.5 million.

    A further 400 businesses with payrolls between $1.5 million and $1.7 million will receive a welcome reduction in the amount of payroll tax they are required to pay through a phased-in approach.

    View the media release.

  • December 2018

    Bringing the Defence Landing Pad, SmartSat CRC, Mission Control and the Space Discovery Centre to Lot Fourteen. These developments represent a total investment close to $300 million, positioning South Australia to help triple the size of Australia’s space economy by 2030.

    View the media release.

  • October 2018

    The Defence Landing Pad, to be located at Lot Fourteen, announced as a home for global companies to develop their Australian business strategy and plan local operations.

    Find out more.

  • October 2018

    The South Australian Productivity Commission was established to examine and make recommendations on matters referred to it by government that facilitate productivity, growth, unlock new economic opportunities, support job creation and remove existing regulatory barriers.

    November 2018

    Dr Matthew Butlin appointed as inaugural chair of the South Australian Productivity Commission.

  • August 2018

    The South Australia Export Accelerator grant launched to assist businesses to participate in international trade shows and business missions, produce marketing collateral, conduct market research, e-commerce development, export training and consultation and contribute to travel and accommodation costs, and ultimately take their products to new markets.

  • November 2019

    Regional Growth Fund unlocks $14.6m investment

    Regional areas will enjoy a wider variety of food and drink experiences, better water and cycling infrastructure, and diverse tourism opportunities thanks to the latest $5 million Regional Growth Fund competitive grant program, which is expected to create more than 160 jobs.

    July 2019

    The 2019-20 RGF competitive funding round opens with submissions accepted from local government bodies, incorporated associations and business clusters. Applications close Friday 9 August 2019.

    March 2019

    Lot 100 Beverage Collaborative granted up to $400,000 from the Regional Growth Fund to increase production capacity across craft spirits, beer and cider production, and optimise the facility for production, transport and distribution.

    July 2018

    The 2018-19 RGF competitive funding round opens, with funding available for regional development initiatives from $50,000 up to $2 million on a matched dollar for dollar basis, with applications to be assessed by a panel led by an independent chair.

    June 2018

    State government launches the $150 million Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to bolster South Australia’s regional economy and support job growth.

  • May 2018

    The government significantly reduced Emergency Services Levy bills for fixed properties.

    View the media release.

  • 22 June 2021

    From 1 July 2021, the Economic and Business Growth Fund will be renamed the Jobs and Economic Growth Fund and will have funding capacity of $200 million over four years to focus on supporting initiatives that create long-term sustainable jobs and economic growth.

    Find out more

    16 July 2019

    State government contributes $480,000 from the fund to support Sony Interactive Entertainment to set up in Adelaide, bringing investment from the international gaming and entertainment giant to SA along with 32 new local engineering jobs.

    24 March 2019

    State government invests $7.5 million in South Australia’s red meat sector in a bid to grow productivity in the industry and further strengthen biosecurity through technology adoption.

    18 March 2019

    The fund contributes $6 million in the SA Film Corporation’s Screen Production Investment Fund, charged with  helping grow the industry and create jobs through the of financing local and international film projects, to secure local production of Mortal Kombat, the biggest movie project to be produced in South Australia.

    21 March 2018

    Four million dollars is invested in the South Australian Landing Pad, an initiative designed to lure scale up and start up businesses to SA by offering global entrepreneurs up to $80,000 over 12 months to help cover business accommodation and professional services costs.

  • Published anually, the South Australian Government business mission calendar presents a sectorial focused program that offers targeted activities for businesses to participate in. Activities are supported in-country through the government’s overseas representatives and through the established international trade and investment office network.

  • November 2020

    South Australia is bolstering its presence to increase investment from and drive trade into the Americas, with the appointment of Regional Director Stuart Nutting.

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  • October 2020

    The industry-led plan to grow South Australia’s health and medical industries sector was launched, setting out a clear roadmap to grow the industry to $5 billion by 2030.

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  • October 2020

    The industry-led plan to grow South Australia’s food, wine and agribusiness sector plan was launched, setting a clear roadmap to grow the industry to $23 billion by 2030.

    Learn more.

  • May 2020

    South Australia’s games industry has been given a boost with an extension to the existing Post-Production, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Rebate to video game development.

    The PDV extension is a 10 per cent rebate on qualifying production expenditure in South Australia and is aimed at further growing the Creative Industries sector.

    The move will drive jobs growth and attract international investment to South Australia in a sector worth $180 billion globally, larger than the film and music industries combined.

    Learn more.

  • March 2019

    $4m SA international start-up Landing Pad

    Financed by the Economic and Business Growth Fund, the South Australian Landing Pad offers international entrepreneurs up to $80,000 over 12 months to help cover the business accommodation and professional services costs of setting up in SA.

    View the media release.

  • November 2020

    The Global Expansion program aims to support recently growing South Australian businesses to build their export capability and capacity and become the state’s next global leaders. Read more about the Global Expansion program.

    November 2019

    Export program that will target businesses with the most potential to become South Australia’s next global leaders and assist them build export capacity.

    View the media release

  • The modelling tool and prospectus were released on 29 October 2020 and are both accessible on the RenewablesSA website.

    September 2019

    Delivering the Hydrogen Export Modelling, Tool and Prospectus for South Australia’s hydrogen export supply chain.

    View the media release.

  • April 2021

    Supported by South Australian govenrment grant funding, Mitsubishi Motors Australia completed construction of its national headquarters at Adelaide Airport and officially opened it on 19 April 2021.

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