Touchdown in South Australia – The Defence State
Welcome to the Defence and Space Landing Pad, a one-stop-shop that supports the relocation of international companies to South Australia – The Defence State.
Established by the South Australian Government in September 2018, the Defence and Space Landing Pad provides relocating companies with affordable, short-term office facilities and relationship building opportunities at Lot Fourteen, an exciting innovation hub in the middle of Adelaide’s central business district.
Consistently voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Adelaide combines competitive business costs and an exceptional quality of life, with a strong defence and space heritage.
The Defence and Space Landing Pad has appointed a panel of accredited local professional service businesses to provide free advice and assistance to support international companies with their relocation and business development plans.
Timely business advice and guidance
Companies in the Defence and Space Landing Pad have the opportunity to tap into a range of government support programs and a network industry consultants.
Pre-funded packages of up to $40,000 to access professional support and advice are available to eligible companies establishing in a new market or region through the South Australian Landing Pad program. Supported by the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the program supports companies looking to make their first investment in the Asia Pacific Region, Australia and South Australia.
Companies also have access to South Australia’s peak business advocacy body, Business SA. Offering a range of services, advice and training, Business SA works to ensure the broader economic environment is conducive to successful business, and helps businesses reach their full potential, including in export markets.
Easy Skill provides training, recruitment and technical assistance to companies in a broad range of industries, including the defence sector. The company has successfully expanded into South Australia and aims to foster links between Australia and France to succeed upcoming challenges.
Lot Fourteen defence and space connections
The Defence and Space Landing Pad provides international companies with immediate connection to the co-located Defence Teaming Centre (DTC). This is a nationally focused member organisation helping Australian industry to increase capability and competitiveness in global defence markets.
European companies will also have access to representatives from French Marine Industry Group, GICAN, who will work alongside companies to connect them with Australian partners and explore supply chain opportunities on the Attack class submarines.
Lot Fourteen incorporates the Space Innovation Precinct, which is home to the Australian Space Agency , Mission Control and Space Discovery Centre, the SmartSat CRC (cooperative research centre), as well as a growing number of space companies and organisations.
South Australia’s thriving defence sector
The South Australian Government has been proactive in attracting a large share of the Australian Government’s $200 billion investment in defence capabilities over the next decade.
A significant portion of the $90 billion naval shipbuilding program will be based in Adelaide. This includes the Royal Australian Navy’s Hunter class frigate project using Britain’s BAE Systems Type 26, and the RAN’s Attack class submarine project, which was awarded to French shipbuilding company, Naval Group. Other key projects include:
- Upgrade of Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), an over-the-horizon network that monitors air and sea movements.
- Sustainment and upgrade of Australia’s new fleet of P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.
- Sustainment on Australia’s new MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle fleet.
Defence SA is the South Australian Government’s lead agency for defence matters, with a focus on maximising investment and supporting companies seeking a permanent location in South Australia.
The Defence SA team can assist companies to establish offices, research and manufacturing facilities in South Australia’s key defence and innovation precincts. These include Osborne Naval Shipyard, Mawson Lakes’ Technology Park and Tonsley Innovation Precinct, Edinburgh Defence Precinct, as well as Lot Fourteen.
Who should apply?
The Defence and Space Landing Pad is open to well-established overseas defence and space companies that are looking to expand into Australia and capitalise on upcoming projects centred in South Australia. The Landing Pad targets companies interested in:
- establishing business operations in South Australia
- connecting with new supply chain partners
- exploring acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances
Applications will be assessed on a competitive, merit-based process. As the Landing Pad is not rounds-based, applications can be submitted at any time.
If you would like to apply or require further information, please complete the contact form here. Alternatively, you can direct queries to Ilona Horan, Director, at Defence SA. firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +61 8 8463 7153.