The Department for Industry, Innovation and Science has today published South Australia’s Advanced Manufacturing Strategy, the State Government’s plan to drive greater economic productivity and complexity by exporting higher value-added goods and services.
As outlined on the Manufacturing Hub, there are more than 6,700 South Australian manufacturing businesses, representing 6 per cent of South Australia’s total economy, 25 per cent of business research and development, and around 20 per cent of exports.
In 2021-22 manufacturing grew 10 per cent in South Australia due to higher spending on food, machinery, and equipment (including defence) – the strongest growth in 32 years indicating recovery from the loss of automotive manufacturing in 2017.
The 10-year Strategy aims to harness South Australia’s competitive advantages to support multi-generational opportunities in defence, the state’s transition to a low-carbon industrial future, and to increase innovation and skilled jobs.
South Australia’s Advanced Manufacturing Strategy was developed in close consultation with industry, education, unions and community stakeholders, and with the support of Emeritus Professor Roy Green from the University of Technology in Sydney.