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Cyber security in South Australia

South Australia is globally recognised as a centre of scientific, research and industrial excellence in key hi-tech fields. Offering robust digital capacity and connectivity, a thriving skilled workforce and a vibrant ecosystem of businesses, researchers and investors, South Australia is an ideal place to start or scale a cyber security business. 

  • 39,000 South Australian technology workers (5% of the total workforce).
  • South Australia has more machine learning researchers than any other state or territory.
  • Tech comprised 9% of South Australia’s international services exports in 2018–19.

The Hi-Tech Sector Plan 2030 is the South Australian Government’s plan to supercharge growth in the vibrant and rapidly advancing hi-tech sector. The 10-year plan aims to strengthen South Australia’s research, entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems to create skilled jobs and open new trade and investment opportunities.

Hi-tech, including cyber security, is a focus industry at Lot Fourteen, an exciting precinct in the heart of Adelaide accelerating research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Lot Fourteen is home to the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C). Offering collaborative spaces, a Cyber Training Academy and world-class training and testing infrastructure, A3C helps businesses to understand and navigate the cyber specialists and ecosystem to address their specific cyber security needs. Lot Fourteen also hosts the MIT BigData Living Lab, which uses MIT’s world-leading secure data analysis tools to shape future planning decisions.

Other South Australian precincts include the Tonsley Innovation District, a hub for advanced manufacturing and services, and the world class business community Technology Park. Adelaide’s hi-tech ecosystem will see a further boost with the opening of the Accenture Adelaide Hub, a defence-focused technology centre that will include cyber security.

South Australia’s hi-tech industry is supported by the state’s vibrant research and education sector. Three South Australian universities have dedicated, world-class AI centres and IoT labs.

Incentives, grants and support

  • The South Australia Venture Capital Fund invests in hi-tech companies that have high growth and export potential and at least half of their staff and assets based in South Australia.
  • The South Australian Government also supports entrepreneurs and businesses to accelerate growth through Research and Innovation Fund grants of up to A$500,000.

Case study

The Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) is a mission-driven not-for-profit building cyber security resilience and awareness in Australia. In October 2021, A3C launched Australia’s largest commercial cyber test range. Within this safe virtual environment, organisations can practice handling real-world cyber warfare scenarios. The Cyber Test Range will also be used to deliver world class training and evaluation of the latest cyber threats, cyber technologies and cyber talent.