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Progress against objectives

Growth through innovation

2017 Objectives

2 year Progress Review


Create $400 million of new sophisticated manufacturing export products in response to the cessation of automotive manufacturing.

On track

Sophisticated exports have increased from the 2013-14 baseline by $300 million to $4.31 billion in 2015-16, with improvements in exports of both processed primary products and elaborately transformed manufactures. The Automotive Supplier Diversification Program is continuing to support automotive supply chain businesses to diversify into products and industry sectors that may increase their export potential.

Increase the level of business expenditure on research and development from $1.06bn in 2011–12 to at least $1.5bn in 2017.

Will not be achieved

Business expenditure on research and development was $1bn in 2013-14 (6% decrease from baseline). The 2016–17 State Budget announced over $20m of funding each year to support innovation by businesses at a range of growth stages, from innovative start-ups through the SA Commercialisation Fund, to established businesses through UniSA's Future Industries Institute.

Establish Tonsley as a nationally recognised and globally connected innovation and advanced manufacturing hub.

Progress made

The roll out of the $4.7 million Adelaide Gig City Program will see Tonsley connected by July 2017. The Gig City Program has seen Adelaide become the first international city to join the growing US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities Program, creating new opportunities for innovative businesses to collaborate with 15 other US Ignite communities, including Chattanooga and Adelaide’s sister city, Austin.

Ensure that all major public and private projects support innovation and local businesses through their procurement decisions.

On track

There has been an improvement of almost 40% in the use of locally-based suppliers since 2013. This equates to approximately an extra $600 million in contracts awarded to locally based businesses from procurement in goods and services between 2012-13 and 2014-15.

Uphold South Australia’s status as the Defence State by increasing local industry participation in major defence projects, including military vehicles, aircraft and submarine build and sustainment.

On track

The State Government continues to work with the South Australian defence industry to ensure it is capable and prepared to support local defence contracts. It is also working on direct defence industry opportunities such as submarine supply chain participation.

Entrench Techport Australia as the national centre of complex warship and submarine build and sustainment.


Since the release of the 2016 Defence White Paper, Techport has been named as the build location for the first Offshore Patrol Vessels, 9 Frigates and 12 Submarines. Collins Class submarines will continue to be sustained at Techport until the Future Submarines are completed.