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The Defence and Space Landing Pad is a one-stop-shop that supports the relocation of international companies to
South Australia – The Defence State.

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 world-class defence and space industries.

Support and Advice

Companies in the Defence and Space Landing Pad have the opportunity to tap into a range of government support programs and a network of industry consultants.

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 ShipyardMawson Lakes’ Technology ParkTonsley Innovation PrecinctEdinburgh Defence Precinct, as well as Lot Fourteen.

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 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.

Access to 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), Australian Institute for Machine Learning, Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre as well as a growing number of space companies and organisations.

Access to Support Services

The Defence and Space Landing Pad has appointed a panel of accredited local professional service businesses to assist international companies with their relocation and business development plans.

These include specialists in:

  • Real estate and property
  • Professional migration and relocation assistance
  • Banking and finance
  • Taxation
  • Accounting and business advisory
  • Corporate governance and regulation
  • Legal
  • Logistics
  • Branding, marketing and communication
  • Manpower and executive recruitment

These companies provide on-site, pro bono introductory counsel and advice about the Australian business environment and the Adelaide defence sector.

Companies that are strongly interested in establishing a presence at the Landing Pad are welcome to access these service businesses at any time prior to lodging an application for the Landing Pad.

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Who should apply?

The 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.

Apply Now

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 Projects, Infrastructure and Investment, Defence SA ilona.horan@defencesa.com or Tel: +61 8 8463 7153.

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