Immigration South Australia

South Australia is an ideal location for people wanting to establish a business or invest in Australia.

If you are a successful business owner or investor, you can apply for a state nominated business visa in South Australia.

Once successful in gaining state nomination, you must then apply to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for your visa.

Nomination (previously referred to as sponsorship) from the South Australian Government is now available for the following business migration categories:

  • Business Innovation
  • Business Investment
  • Significant Investor
  • Business Talent (venture capital entrepreneur)
  • Business Talent (significant business history)

The Department of State Development website provides all the information and resources you need to make sure South Australia is right for you, for your business skills and for your business. This is where you'll find:

  • newsletters and fact sheets on industry sectors, economic indicators and government assistance for investors
  • licensing information
  • the Economic Development Board
  • information on the Innovation & Investment Fund
  • an events calendar
  • information on South Australia's major projects
  • a small business gateway to government information and services

For more information about these migration categories view the business visa options section of this website.

Doing business in South Australia

As a local market, South Australians are 'early adopters.  We're eager to try new products and are open to new ideas.

South Australia has an educated, skilled, multi-lingual and motivated workforce with low living costs helping to make South Australia's management and labour costs highly competitive.

Dynamic, well-connected and personable, Adelaide is a brilliant networking city.  Our excellent living standards and lifestyle maintains a proper work–play balance.

The state also enjoys industrial harmony plus excellent collaboration between industry, government and community leaders. The South Australian government is actively assisting business through a range of programs to attract skills and expertise to the state by:

  • investing heavily in training
  • providing businesses with options to fill positions through international and interstate skilled migration programs
  • engaging with qualified overseas students to encourage them to live and work where they've studied.

Factory and office rents are among the least expensive in Australia.  Industrial land is well-located and inexpensive, with superb access to road, rail, air and port facilities. Real transport advantages include the new Adelaide International Airport and new Adelaide-Darwin rail link, the nation's logical distribution point for 85% of Australia's population. Our telecommunications infrastructure is world class.  

For more information on the benefits of doing business in South Australia visit The Department of State Development website.