South Australia is open.
Our state is open to new people, new ideas, and new partnerships.
Be part of Australia’s first innovation district.
An investment in Tonsley is an investment in Australia — a safe, low risk environment for business.
Australia is a world-class innovation destination, with solid foundations of modern ICT infrastructure, high levels of investment, generous R&D tax incentives for businesses and strong intellectual property protection.
Creative collaboration and connectedness focus Tonsley’s vision. Tonsley’s suitability assessment process requires potential occupants to demonstrate that their business activity is aligned to the precinct’s vision and will contribute to boosting its reputation as an innovation district.
This means investors can be confident that Tonsley is focussed on industry sectors that are in local and global demand. Tonsley’s collaborative nature accelerates products and services to market.
Tonsley sits within the South Australia’s development credo of maximising opportunities while minimising risks.
Aligned to the European model of business clustering, which has resulted in economic and job growth, the South Australian Government supports the development of clusters based on smart specialisation in:
South Australia is one of the most attractive places in the world to live and work and has the lowest cost of living of all capital cities according to the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling.
A myriad of attractions on your doorstep:
Securing its reputation as Australia’s most tech-savvy region, South Australia signed an agreement with French global Internet of Things (IoT) network provider, Sigfox to assist the network’s roll-out across the state to link everyday personal devices and household appliances with other devices such as vehicles, buildings and infrastructure embedded with electronics, software and sensors.
The South Australian Government, Adelaide City Council and Cisco have also signed a memorandum of understanding to launch Australia’s first IoT Adelaide SmartCity Studio to test, trial and install digitally enabled transport, health care, education, utilities, energy and a range of other services and information for the community through the AdelaideFree Wi-Fi network. The SmartCity Studio is part of the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities™ concept, which positions technology and connectivity at the heart of economic development and quality of life in modern cities.
South Australia’s credentials as a smart city have been recognised by technology giant, Cisco, naming Adelaide as the first smart and connected ‘Lighthouse City’ in Australia, one of only 10 in the world.
Adelaide has the largest and best performing city Wi-Fi network in Australia — on par with the best in the world — and it’s free.
The Government of South Australia committed $4.65 million to establish Adelaide as part of the Gig City network, offering businesses internet speeds of up to 100 times the national average, and at least 10 times the download speed of the National Broadband Network.
The network will make Adelaide the first Gig City in Australia and the capital of ultra-fast internet for business, attracting investment from high tech global companies, as well as creating jobs in future industries.
Gig City will use SABRENet’s optical fibre network, and will be rolled out at Tonsley, Technology Park, Techport, Thebarton BioScience Precinct, St Paul’s Creative Centre, the Majoran Co-working Space, Hub Adelaide, and the Stretton Centre. It is expected roll out of the Gig City network will begin by the end of 2016.
The Innovation & Collaboration Centre — a partnership between the University of South Australia, the South Australian Government and global technology business Hewlett Packard — provides a unique environment that connects technology, knowledge and commercialisation expertise, and helps businesses and industries transform ideas into market success.
Adelaide has multiple co-working spaces, including HUB Adelaide, the Majoran Distillery and CO-HAB at Tonsley, in addition to co-working spaces in each of the major universities.
Striving for carbon neutrality is an important part of environmental planning world-wide, and South Australia is a national leader in this area.
The South Australian Government has recently committed to establishing a carbon neutral ‘Adelaide Green Zone’. The initiative is designed to drive further emissions reductions, increase the demand for renewable energy, build the state’s green industries, increase resource efficiency, improve waste management and facilitate the transition to cleaner transport modes.
This booklet contains more details on the practical advantages and benefits of doing business and establishing a base at Tonsley.