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Best place to do business

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The best place to do business

We’ll be quick to address the changing needs of businesses, and build industries that will generate the jobs of the future.

When it comes to doing business, South Australia has a lot going for it – a skilled workforce, high quality infrastructure, available and affordable land, and a supportive government. But we need to do more by removing barriers to business growth, accelerating approval processes and making sure our regulations support opportunity, rather than create burdens.

Importantly, we’ve made it our business to implement further planning reform, fix our workers’ compensation system, build an agile and dynamic public service, including removal of red tape, and improve our taxation system to support employment growth and prosperity for everyone.

To build our state’s reputation as a great place to live, work and do business, we need to work together with business and communities to deliver a prosperous future for South Australia.

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We’ll support business prosperity, reward individual effort and promote innovation and opportunity.

Tourism is brilliant for business all over the state, particularly for regional South Australia which has 44% of tourism expenditure across the state. It’s one of our most exciting growth industries and continues to create employment and drive our economy forward.

In this competitive, globalised world, if South Australia is to build a reputation as the best place to do business, we will need to have the best workers, intellectual property, capital and entrepreneurs underpinning our future economy. We need to develop a competitive edge that attracts the mostly innovative and dynamic businesses here.

Leveraging advantages like affordable real estate, excellent schooling and universities, good public transport, cultural and natural attractions, and growing international connections are a good place to start.

Despite our distance from a large population centre and the networks that provide capital and capability, these strengths and our relatively small population mean we can be quick to address the changing needs of businesses, as well as attracting and building the industries that will generate jobs of the future.

Our reformed planning system will enable us to build thriving, healthy, sustainable and vibrant cities, towns and neighbourhoods. We’ll encourage innovation rather than hinder change, while our transparency, predictability and quick decisions will add to confidence in our planning system.

Our tax system needs to be fair, efficient, support business prosperity and reward individual effort. We’ll support prosperity, reward individual effort and deliver the high quality community services that make South Australia such a great place to live. We’ve also designed a more efficient workers’ compensation insurance scheme to support quick recovery for employees injured on the job.

Our public agencies must have a strong customer service focus and can-do attitude, ensuring that our regulations promote innovation and opportunity, rather than hinder change.

Actioning the best future

Objectives for 2017

  • Create the most cost-competitive business environment in the nation.
  • Establish the most efficient and certain system of development control in the nation.
  • Establish the most responsive and efficient public sector in the nation.
  • Ensure the long-term sustainability of our state tax system, while minimising disincentives to economic activity and promoting fairness.
  • Create a system of regulation which promotes innovation and removes unnecessary burdens on business and the community, while safeguarding consumers and the environment.

Progress against objectives

Taking the initiative

The Simpler Regulation Unit is working with industries to remove or improve regulations so that businesses can better support jobs growth.

Planning reform is at the heart of the South Australian government’s agenda to unlock our state’s untapped potential by facilitating high-quality development and attracting investment.

The Charter of Public Service Guarantee will ensure that South Australians have a clear understanding of the service standards they can expect, and will set out clear processes for measuring the performance of public services against these standards.

The Office of the Coordinator General is helping developers to invest in South Australia and stimulate job creation.

The Unsolicited Proposals process aims to encourage innovative ideas being brought forward, while still maintaining value for money and probity.

Make it a priority to get involved

Office of the Coordinator General

Developers across the state with projects valued over $3 million are invited to contact the Office of the Coordinator General to work through blockages related to issues such as planning, environment, council regulations, water and liquor licensing.


Bringing the community’s voice into Government decision-making.

Unsolicited proposals

South Australian is open to business. Submit an innovative proposal to government that will promote the economic development of the State, create jobs and deliver high quality services to the community.

Tell us what to simplify

Have your say on cutting red tape.

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