Immigration South Australia

South Australia offers great job opportunities in the private and public sectors at all levels of expertise and across a range of key industries.

  • South Australia continues to be a global exporter of minerals and ores, wine, meat and seafood
  • South Australia has been in a strong position to maximise opportunities emerging from our minerals, energy and resources boom.  Employment is 20 per cent higher than a decade ago and economic performance is steadily growing
  • Skilled employment opportunities are available in many industry sectors including resources, health services, engineering, management and trades
  • South Australia produces more than half of all Australian wine exports and is the world’s sixth largest wine producer
  • The defence industry is going from strength to strength, recently winning $AUD10 billion in contracts which will create generational career opportunities
  • Cutting-edge IT, simulation and biotech companies are flourishing and gaining international prestige with highly skilled expertise in demand.
  • The minerals and resource sector continues to boom. South Australia has a large supply of resources including uranium, iron, copper, gold, nickel and mineral sands. South Australia also continues to be a leader in renewable energy which supports the state’s environmental targets and contributes to a green future
  • South Australia has a record 304 major projects either underway or in the pipeline, with a total value of $94 billion. We are currently enjoying tremendous growth that is attracting international, national and local investors across a wide range of sectors.

For further information on South Australia's employment opportunities visit Growth Industries.

Guide to South Australia’s Industries

Primary Industries

South Australia has a large supply of resources including uranium, iron, copper, gold, nickel and mineral sands. South Australia is also a leader in renewable energy which supports the state’s environmental targets and contributes to a green future.

Minerals exploration is strong, supported by the five-year $22.5 million Plan for Accelerating Exploration (PACE) which aims to see mineral production and processing worth $4 billion by 2020.

High Tech Industries

Adelaide is Australia's defence capital, with a strong cluster of defence R&D centres and associated companies and a strong interrelationship with a fast-growing, niche-driven electronics industry. The defence industry is going from strength to strength, recently winning $AUD10 billion in contracts which will create generational career opportunities.

Bioscience is a rapidly developing new industry, with 50 new companies expected to set up in the state in the next decade.
South Australia's information and communications technologies (ICT) industries base is one of the fastest growing in Australia. It offers world-class capability in design, development and manufacture.

Service Industries

South Australia is home to more than 300 export-oriented health companies marketing products and services to more than 100 countries worldwide.
Adelaide is the Asia Pacific base for a growing number of back office, shared service, contact centre, data centre, help desk and administration and processing operations of major global companies.

Value added Industries

The  automotive and food industries, including wine, have led the state's export growth over the past decade. Manufacturing continues as an important sector of the state economy.

For further information on South Australia's key industry sectors visit The Department of State Development.