Immigration South Australia
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South Australia is an exciting place to live, work and visit.  It is family friendly, where you can afford to do more.

South Australia is diverse, from the pristine and breath-taking landscapes to award-winning food and wine, arts and festivals.  Put simply, South Australia offers something for everyone.

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Where the sun shines more

South Australia offers warm, dry summers and short, mild winters with over 300 days of sunshine per year. South Australia’s summer runs from December to February with an average temperature of 28.3 degrees Celsius (°C). The beautiful climate provides a great opportunity to explore South Australia – from its picturesque beaches and coastal regions to the hills and ranges that adorn the state. With great weather all year round it’s easy to get out and about.

Adelaide is the world’s fifth most liveable city

Adelaide has a vibrant and cosmopolitan culture with more live music bars and clubs and restaurant per capita than any other Australian city. It has a bustling and energetic city centre and is renowned for its festivals, cultural life and sporting events. 

Voted the world’s fifth most liveable city (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015), Adelaide is home to more than 1.2 million people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Adelaide rises from the middle of a vast, tree covered plain and lies between rolling hills to the east and sandy beaches to the west. Adelaide’s beauty is its accessibility and only a short journey from the city to the hills or beaches.

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At a glance

Area: 984,377 square kilometres
Population: 1.685 million (June 2014)
Capital city: Adelaide, population 1.29 million
Currency: Australian Dollar
Time zone (summer): UTC + 10.30
Annual rainfall: 543.3 mm (21.5 in)

Domestic flying times from Adelaide:

  • 1 hour 15 to Melbourne
  • 1 hour 40 to Canberra
  • 1 hour 50 to Sydney
  • 2 hours 15 to Brisbane
  • 3 hours to Perth
  • 3 hours 35 to Darwin.

International flying times from Adelaide:

  • 5 hours to Auckland
  • 7 hours to Singapore
  • 16 hours to Los Angeles
  • 22 hours to London
  • 14 hours to India
  • 13 hours to China

More than 40,000 years ago, the Kaurna Aboriginal people settled the Adelaide Plains, calling it Tandanya, ‘place of the red kangaroo’.

In 1802, after a chance meeting with the French navigator Nicolas Baudin off the coast of south Australia, the early British explorer Matthew Flinders maps the entire South Australian coast in his ship, the Investigator.

After the Second World War, Italians, Greeks, the Dutch and Poles arrived to make a new start in South Australia. An influx of Asian immigrants following the Vietnam War added to the mix. The multicultural population has contributed to Adelaide's vibrant restaurant and café culture

The City of Adelaide in South Australia was founded in 1836, being named after King William’s popular wife Queen Adelaide, as the planned capital for the only freely settled British province in Australia.

Adelaide was designed by the first surveyor-general of South Australia, Colonel William Light. His plan, now known as Light's Vision, arranged Adelaide in a grid of five squares surrounded by gardens and open spaces that form the Adelaide Parklands.

Primarily a British colony, Adelaide nevertheless attracted early immigrants from many non-English speaking countries, including German Lutherans escaping religious persecution in Prussia. The first Lutherans arrived in 1838, bringing with them vine cuttings used to establish the acclaimed wineries of the Barossa Valley.

An opportunity of a lifetime awaits versatile, adaptable, adventurous and enterprising individuals and families in country South Australia

Have you ever:

  • Dreamed of getting away from the crowds?
  • Wanted to live and work in a real community environment?
  • Imagined a time when your job is just around the corner?
  • Pictured yourself owning a rural allotment with room for your extended family?
  • Simply wished you could escape the rat race?

Look no further. Country South Australia offers the perfect lifestyle change with great job opportunities in pristine, breathtaking environments. Regional areas are experiencing steady economic growth and abundant work in a diverse range of fields. With their high quality infrastructure, health and education systems, these dynamic regions provide opportunity, embrace diversity, value lifestyle and offer real affordability.

With so many different landscapes, climates and attractions, our regional areas offer something for everyone. From picturesque rolling hills and plains, majestic red dirt, rugged coastlines, expansive grasslands and the mighty Murray River...we’ve got it all covered. Approximately one - quarter of South Australia’s 1.66 million population live in regions outside of the capital Adelaide. Large regional centres include Mount Gambier, Whyalla, Murray Bridge, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Victor Harbor, Mount Barker and Gawler.

Smaller towns have a special place in the hearts of their residents – intense community spirit and pride make small town living an enjoyable experience. Key industries in country South Australia include agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, aquaculture and fishing, mining, health, education, engineering, manufacturing, transport tourism and hospitality.

So if you’re seeking sunshine, fresh air and open spaces then welcome to country South Australia.