Department of State Development

The Department for Trade and Investment helps industry, business and communities identify and capitalise upon opportunities for job creation and economic growth.

A strong economic future for South Australia depends on growing exports and making it easier for international partners to do business.

The Department for Trade and Investment works with South Australian businesses and stakeholders to boost exports, grow the state’s international engagement and showcase South Australia to the world.

The Department supports businesses to connect with overseas markets, create strong international relationships and capitalise on export opportunities, while at the same time, strengthening the South Australian economy and creating jobs.

Organisational Chart

DTI Organisational Chart
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Our services, functions and support

The Department provides a full range of government services, delivery functions and support activities to drive economic transformation and wealth across:

Diversity and Inclusion

The department recognises that diversity and inclusion is about utilising all the different talents, experiences and perspectives that people bring to the workplace, and valuing and respecting those differences so that everyone can bring their best to work and reach their potential. As such, the department has created a Diversity and Inclusion Framework that will drive various projects, including:

  • Gender Equality and Respect – We are a White Ribbon accredited workplace that has recently embarked on the re-accreditation journey to help reduce violence against women
  • Reconciliation
    Download Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022
    We have launched our two-year ‘Innovate’ Reconciliation Action Plan (2020 – 2022) which focuses on strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples whilst engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation. Download Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Disability, Access and Inclusion – In 2020 we will be designing an action plan to further drive the inclusiveness of people with disability and access barriers within the workplace
  • Life In Mind – We run various awareness sessions and activities to drive a healthy mind workplace.
Proudly working with White Ribbon to create a safer workplace. Australia's campaign to stop violence against women.


Statement from Chief Executive


The Department for Trade and Investment, strongly believes in providing a safe working environment for all employees and clients. An environment that incorporates mechanisms that ensure those experiencing domestic violence, emotional abuse, sexual violence or harassment, feel safe, supported and are aware of the support available.

Approximately one in six women are presently experiencing or have suffered from domestic violence. One way the department is providing support is through the implementation of our Gender, Equality & Respect Action Plan. This plan aims to provide support services, ways of working and conditions of employment to drive gender equity, reduce violence against women and provide assistance to those that might be experiencing violence.

I understand gender-based violence is often linked to gender inequality and am keen to promote women’s empowerment and to ensure that women’s voices are heard. I am also keen to empower men to stand up, speak out and be accountable too.

The Department is keen to work with organisations who hold the same values, are implementing gender, equality and respect through their workplaces and practices.

The Department for Trade and Investment is committed to providing a safe workplace, an environment that is inclusive and provides the chance for our employees and clients, whether they be women or men, to know they are supported.

Leonie Muldoon
Chief Executive
Department for Trade and Investment