South Australia is the ideal location for defence sector investment. It combines low business costs, an exceptional quality of life, a knowledge-based economy, a world-class education system, and a strong defence and manufacturing heritage.

The state is at the centre of the nation’s air, road and rail logistics networks, which offer easy and efficient connections to national, South-East Asian and other global markets.

Our business advantages include full-time private sector labour costs that are 10.8% below the Australian average; residential, commercial and industrial property prices that are among the lowest of Australia’s mainland capital cities; and highly competitive construction costs.

Adelaide also boasts affordable land linked to transport corridors and key infrastructure.

Defence SA has a team ready to assist defence-related investors that want to pursue opportunities in the state. For more information about how Defence SA can support your business, email

More information on South Australia and investment opportunities visit Department for Trade and Investment.