Department of State Development
  • Hi-tech

Discover South Australia’s truly remarkable hi-tech capabilities.

You can see some of the brightest people in machine learning and cyber security anywhere in the world and explore why more and more organisations are choosing Adelaide, South Australia, as the ideal base to grow their technology business.

To learn more about how we can grow South Australia's industry, view the Hi-tech Sector Plan.

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How we leapt to the future

Our state has world-class capabilities in data analytics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, which is also powering sophistication in industries such as health, renewable energy, defence, space, food, agribusiness and advanced manufacturing.

South Australia has demonstrated a rare ability to rapidly scale to meet the skilled workforce needs of global technology companies, and provides the infrastructure, safety and security from which you can transform your business and grow over the next decade.

South Australia, and our capital Adelaide, is one of the best places in the world for an organisation to explore and prepare for the coming transformation of technology and work in an uncertain world.


Solving big problems with AI

In the scramble for AI research and talent, South Australia offers global companies a unique opportunity with first pick of world standard graduates and the opportunity to partner with local universities at the cutting-edge of machine learning. A presence in Adelaide opens access to growing AI opportunities in our flourishing space, defence, renewables, health and advanced manufacturing sectors.

We are home to the Australian Institute of Machine Learning, a world-leading machine learning research capability and the University of Adelaide which has the highest number of machine learning researchers of any university in Australia.


We are the only Australian state to have a globally unique collaboration between Massachusetts Institute of Technology, government and business with Adelaide's BigData Living Lab – which is using data analytics to shape future planning decisions.



Cyber security

Keeping it safe, secure and highly-skilled

Adelaide is Australia’s centre for cyber security, defence technology research, and electronic surveillance capabilities. The state is leading the region in tackling the supply of skills and capability. Adelaide, building on its commitment to the defence, space and other hi-tech industries, is establishing itself as a highly resilient and security driven ecosystem.

We’re home to the Australian Cybersecurity Collaboration Centre, supporting startups, scale-ups and existing businesses to launch new products and services into global markets

Adelaide is the headquarters for the majority of the nation's defence cyber industry and technology research, development and investment including the Australian Defence Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance & Electronic Warfare capability and the Centre for Centre for Defence Industry Capability.

South Australia is the first state to have a co-located Joint Cyber Security Centre and AustCyber (Industry Growth Network) Node, which will serve as a model for the rest of the country.

South Australian universities have strong software and cyber programs including Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute Asia-Pacific, headquartered in Adelaide. Cyber security is a core component of the government’s  A$203 million Skilling South Australia initiative.


Collaboration is in our DNA

Lot Fourteen

An innovation neighbourhood in the heart of Adelaide, Lot Fourteen is focused on growing the industries of the future, from space and defence to cyber security, machine learning, health, and medical. It’s home to the Australian Space Agency as well as a suite of ground-breaking companies.


Tonsley Innovation District

Tonsley is successfully attracting high-profile investors including Siemens, ZEISS and SAGE Group as well as research, development and training from Flinders University and TAFE SA.


Technology Park

Home to over 100 high technology companies in the defence and aerospace, health, training, engineering, advanced electronics and ICT sectors, ranging from global companies to established SMEs and one-person startup companies, Technology Park Adelaide provides continual opportunities for collaboration and networking.

Defence Super Cluster

Including Edinburgh Defence Precinct and the Osborne Naval Shipyards, South Australia is home to some of the world’s largest defence and aerospace companies including BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Airbus.

In addition, we’re the headquarters for the majority of the nation's defence cyber industry and technology research, development and investment.

Connect at 10 Gigabits

Ten Gigabit Adelaide is a revolutionary high-speed, high-performance fibre optic data network that is being rolled out to commercial buildings across the City of Adelaide. The network enables businesses and organisations to share and receive high volumes of data at phenomenal 10Gbps data speeds.

In addition, GigCity Adelaide allows businesses access to affordable internet with speeds from one gigabit right up to 10 gigabit at GigCity locations across Adelaide and the regions, that includes Lot Fourteen, Technology Park and Tonsley Innovation District.

Cutting-edge research and training

University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Australia are our three, globally-recognised public universities which all have a strong focus on hi-tech training, research and commercialisation, including dedicated programs across machine learning and cyber security.

In addition, our universities’ institutes are making globally-significant contributions in their field, including:

Australian Institute for Machine Learning

Future Industries Institute

Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology

Institute for Photonics and Advance Sensing

Medical Device Research Institute

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Waite Research Institute

In good company

From global companies to SMEs and ground-breaking startups, here are just some of the hi-tech companies that call South Australia home:

  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Airlock Digital
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Babcock International Group
  • BAE Systems
  • Blue Crystal Solutions
  • Boeing Defence Australia
  • CQR
  • CyberOps
  • Dassault Systems
  • Datacom
  • Dimension Data
  • DTEX Systems
  • DXC Technology
  • Ellex Medical Lasers
  • HCL Technology Australia
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • IBM
  • Inovor Technologies
  • Internode
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • Micro-X
  • Myriota
  • Naval Group
  • NEC
  • Nova Systems
  • OpSys Australia
  • Raytheon Australia
  • Rigetti
  • SAAB Automation
  • Southern Launch
  • Sonnen
  • Siemens 
  • Technicolor
  • Tesla
  • Tyvak
  • Ultra Electronics Australia
  • Vectra
  • VeroGuard


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Let's talk

If you are a Hi-tech business interested in investing in South Australia contact

Gavin Artz
Director Hi-tech
Department for Trade and Investment
Phone +61 8 8303 2242

Explore opportunities for investing in South Australia's hi-tech sector.