Department of State Development
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Defence in our state

South Australia is home to $90 billion worth of Australian defence projects including the $50 million Future Submarine program and the $35 million Future Frigates program.

Defence SA is South Australia’s lead agency for all defence matters and the nation’s only standalone state defence organisation.

The Australian Government’s Centre for Defence Industry Capability is headquartered in Adelaide and joins up the innovation and expertise of the Australian defence industry.

There are also numerous workforce and skills development initiatives in South Australia, including the new Naval Shipbuilding College.

All of this is underpinned by a highly developed local supply chain.


How we can support you

Assistance through funding


The South Australian Government has a framework for providing assistance to industry through funds including:



Here in South Australia we’re proud to have fostered a strong relationship between government, industry and academia. Over time, these key relationships have cultivated a highly-skilled workforce, developed cutting-edge research, and delivered labour costs which are around 10 per cent below the Australian average. This competitive environment supports highly profitable investments and makes South Australia a place where your business can truly innovate and grow.


Get in touch

South Australia’s Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment has experienced professionals who understand your business requirements and priorities.

Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment

P +61 (8) 8303 2400