Why Adelaide

photo-icon Airborne Photography

Adelaide - open for business

Adelaide has been named the most competitive city to do business in the Asia Pacific by global services company KPMG. Our city has consistently offered investors stable and low-risk investment opportunities in one of the world’s most liveable cities. Today, Adelaide is leading the way in capitalising on future industries and technologies within a rapidly changing global economy. The city of Adelaide welcomes like-minded companies focused on using innovation to support growth. We are well and truly open for business.

There has been a period of unprecedented development in Adelaide in recent years led by several major private and public capital projects, infrastructure upgrades and public transport improvements. The Adelaide Festival Plaza Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Casino and Adelaide Convention Centre are all part of a renewed Riverbank precinct, attracting millions of visitors each year.

Further economic drivers for the city include:

  • AUD$3.6 billion of existing and planned CBD infrastructure developments
  • Ten Gigabit Adelaide, a revolutionary affordable high-speed fibre optic network offering 10Gbps synchronised data speeds
  • AUD$3.6 billion Adelaide BioMed City, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest health and life sciences clusters
  • AUD$90 billion of defence projects in the pipeline over the next 20 years, the largest share of Australia’s total country defence material spend
  • strong upward momentum in the international education sector, with student enrolments trending for 12 per cent growth in 2019.

A city in a park

Consistently recognised as one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, as ranked by The Economist in 2018 based on categories such as stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Adelaide is thoughtfully designed, with wide streets, terraces and public squares set in a simple grid layout, enveloped by 760 hectares of Park Lands – making us the world’s only ‘city in a park’. Adelaide enjoys an ease of accessibility unseen in most cities and offers one of the shortest work commute times in the nation. The city is well serviced by an extensive public transport system which is among the world’s best for shortest wait times plus a plentiful bike lanes which eases traffic congestion.

It enjoys a Mediterranean-like climate, with warm, dry summers and cool winters. It averages highs of 25-35°C in summer and the mercury rarely drops below 10°C in winter.

At just six kilometres, Adelaide is Australia's shortest airport-to-city transfer. There are multiple direct flights daily to all major Australian capitals and many international hubs including China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

Adelaide has the lowest residential property prices of all Australian mainland capital cities, with a median cost of $427,000 – more than half the average cost of houses than the most expensive capital city. CoreLogic 2019

South Australia’s economic strengths in health sciences, agriculture, research and education, manufacturing and technology are now the foundation of future-focused industries vital to the global economy.

World class education

Consistently ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide, the University of Adelaide enjoys an international reputation for cutting-edge research. Along with other long-established public universities – the University of South Australia and Flinders University – it is experiencing growing popularity among international students eager to benefit from South Australia’s globally renowned education and training expertise. Currently, South Australia has more than 103,000 students enrolled in university courses.

Additionally, there are more than 37,000 international students from over 130 countries within our education system, providing international knowledge and language expertise.

University and commercially-based research and development in Adelaide has led international change in the biotechnology, agriculture, winemaking, animal science and information technology fields. These close links have been formed by a strong research ethos in the public and private sectors.

There are also many private specialist training institutions working with industry to meet future workforce needs.

South Australia offers a range of competitive advantages over other states, providing a business landscape that allows companies and investment to prosper.

Private sector labour costs in South Australia are 10.8 per cent below the Australian average, creating optimum conditions for workforce expansion. The Adelaide market continues to be one of the most cost-competitive city centre markets nationally for establishing a business, with office space leasing 60 per cent more affordable in comparison to Sydney.

South Australia has a range of office space and industrial land available within or close to the city centre at rates lower than other mainland Australian states. With a well-planned supply of affordable industrial land linked to strategic infrastructure and transport corridors, the cost of doing business in Adelaide is highly cost effective.

Adelaide’s central location provides the ideal gateway both into Australia and out to Asian markets and beyond through modern air, sea and rail freight channels. Our international airport is only six kilometres or 15 minutes by taxi from the city centre, and services ten direct international destinations with 50 flights per week. Flights to Sydney and Melbourne also depart, on average, every 20 minutes during operating hours.