Jobs

The Government’s economic plan will transition South Australia’s economy from a reliance on traditional, but declining, industries to new and growth industries. Key to our success will be strong partnerships between business, government and community. Activities to support the economy will focus on: creating more jobs; removing activity taxes for business; balancing the budget; investing in infrastructure; and attracting international business, students and visitors to South Australia.

Tax reform discussion paper

South Australia also needs a taxation system that both attracts investment to create new opportunities, and encourages business owners to employ more South Australians. The success of our tax system should therefore be measured by the jobs and growth created in our economy and the quality of services we provide to the community. The Government will therefore release a Discussion Paper on options to reform our State taxation system.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

The Tax reform discussion paper was publicly released on 11 February 2015. Extensive consultation with stakeholders was undertaken. The Government response was announced in the 2015-16 State Budget. Taxes that constrain business investment and expansion are being abolished, including non-residential real stamp duty which will be phased out between 1 July 2016 and 1 July 2018. Tax relief was also introduced for households including the abolition of the Save the River Murray Levy from 1 July 2015.

For more information, please visit: http://www.taxreform.sa.gov.au/

Investment attraction

We need to renew our historic commitment to investment attraction. The Government will therefore establish a new body that is solely focussed on investment attraction. Its principal objective will be the creation of new jobs. This investment attraction body will have a strong commitment from across government.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Investment Attraction South Australia has provided 14 companies with assistance, primarily in the form of case management services.

This has led to more than $995 million worth of investment projects for the State, which will create almost 5,000 direct and associated jobs for South Australians.

These results support Deloitte’s Investment Monitor Report for the December 2016 quarter, which shows that the value of investment projects in South Australia to date has reached $45 billion.

Buy local

A new 'buy local' policy will be introduced across government to encourage use of local food, wine and beverages at catered events and functions.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 29

Status

Completed. Policy and guidance material has been produced and has been circulated across agencies and ministeral offices. Promotion of the policy is ongoing.

Entrepreneurs start-up funds

Support local entrepreneurs through a number of start-up initiatives to provide small grants to entrepreneurs to encourage and support them to translate ideas into new ventures and which support the development of a new generation of entrepreneurs through programs giving them the skills, mentors, contacts and access they need to turn their ideas into new businesses.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 23

Status

The SA Micro Finance Fund (SAMFF) was launched in March 2015 and closed in June 2016, having been replaced by the SA Early Commercialisation Fund. There were 10 SAMFF recipients for Round 1 with funding totalling $500,000 and nine recipients for Round 2 with funding totalling $428,667.

The State Government continues to develop and innovate further support for start-ups.

The (RedFire), report commissioned by the State Government - Implementation Plan for a South Australian Commercialisation Fund - highlights the need to improve commercialisation of research in South Australia and better support innovative start-up companies. In order to optimise the outcomes from investment made by the State Government, the report recommended a South Australian Commercialisation Fund be established in two parts: 1) a $10 million fund to allocate capital to entrepreneurs and innovators looking to commercialise their products and services (SA Early Commercialisation Fund); and 2) a $50 million fund to invest in innovative South Australian companies (SA Venture Capital Fund). Both funds were announced in the 2016-17 State Budget.

The SA Early Commercialisation Fund was launched on 18 November 2016 and has a first tranche of funding of up to $50,000. For more information about the fund, please visit: www.techinsa.com.au/saecf.

The SA Venture Capital Fund will launch in the first half of 2017.

Small business international delegations

Ensure small business representatives accompany the Premier and senior Ministers on international trade missions.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

This has been implemented and is ongoing. In 2016 small business representatives accompanied the Premier and Ministers on missions to China, South East Asia, Europe, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Business missions for 2017 are planned for the Middle East and Northern Africa region, China, Europe, India, South East Asia and North Asia (Japan, Korea and Taiwan).

Payroll tax for small business

Target payroll assistance to small business in 2014-15 by halving payroll tax payable by a small business with a payroll of less than $1 million.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The State Government has extended the small business payroll tax rebate for an additional four years to 2019-20, saving eligible small businesses up to $9,800 each year. This follows on from the 2015-16 Budget, which extended the rebate for 12 months, and delivered  more than $900 million of tax cuts to businesses and the community. According to KPMG’s 2016 Competitive Alternatives Report, South Australia ranks as having the most cost competitive business environment of the six cities surveyed in the Asia Pacific region, including four Australian cities. For more information about our tax reforms, please visit: www.taxreform.sa.gov.au

Payroll tax provisions

Labor will continue the payroll tax rate cut in 2014-15 of 2.45% for taxable payrolls up to $1 million, with the concession phasing out for payrolls between $1 million and $1.2 million.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 23

Status

The State Government is committed to making South Australia the best place to do business - learn more about our tax reforms at www.taxreform.sa.gov.au

Opportunity for SA Business

Commit to all reasonable measures to ensure that South Australian businesses are given the best opportunity to win government work.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The Industry Participation Advocate has developed a new policy for government procurement. For more information, please visit: www.industryadvocate.sa.gov.au

Moving from automotive to defence

Partner with the Defence Teaming Centre in a $2 million commitment to better integrate the State’s automotive capabilities into the defence sector.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 25

Status

Identifying and creating job opportunities in the defence industry for automotive industry and supply chain workforce is underway.
http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/industry/innovation/clusters/specialist-vehicles


No privatisation strategy

The State Government will maintain its commitment to no privatisation of significant government assets or government services.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 14, P 3

Status

Commitment maintained. This will ensure we continue to support and build South Australia's jobs.

Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF)

By attracting a multimillion dollar venture capital fund to the State, the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund will have access to a new early stage venture fund with expertise housed locally at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 30

Status

The State Government partnered with Brandon Capital to attract the MRCF to South Australia in May 2014. MRCF secured Australia’s largest ever life-sciences follow-on fund ($200 million). South Australian members of the MRCF including SAHMRI can access this fund to commercialise innovative medical research.
http://www.mrcf.com.au/

Resources precinct

Build a world-class resources precinct at Tonsley Park with a relocated State Drill Core Reference Library.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia P 27 and Media Release, 26 February 2014

Status

Construction of the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library is completed. This multi award winning facility, located in the Tonsley Innovation district was officially opened by the Premier on 17 February 2016.

http://www.minerals.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/geoscience/drill_core_reference_library

Migration SA reform

Continue to reform Migration SA to provide quicker and more responsive service to migration applicants.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 22

Status

Changes to streamline the process completed early 2015. Ongoing online technology improvements being undertaken to improve client service.

Northern 'one stop shop' for automotive workers

A ‘one stop shop’ will be located near the GM Holden plant at Elizabeth under the auspices of Northern Connections, the State Government’s office for the North. We will establish a similar service at the Tonsley site in the southern suburbs. We will also establish an online service.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 10

Status

Completed. Offices have been established in the North and the South to deliver components of the Automotive Workers in Transition Program. A hotline has also been established in conjunction with Northern Connections - 1800 774 010.

Jobs Accelerator Fund

Commit an additional $10 million to the New Jobs Accelerator Fund.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

This money has been committed to programs to drive economic growth and productivity by investing in regional infrastructure, creating jobs and new opportunities for South Australia.

www.pir.sa.gov.au/alerts_news_events/news/regions_sa/details_of_$10_million_job_accelerator_fund_announced

Time zone

The Government will investigate the appropriateness of remaining in the Australian Central Time Zone.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

A community engagement process was conducted which included a dedicated YourSAy website, social media, an industry briefing, a ‘Great Debate’ and regional forums. By April 2015, almost 2,500 views and comments were received from individuals and organisations. In July 2015, the Government released two reports summarising responses from the consultation and an economic study by the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies. Further consideration of the proposal was required, however in light of intractable opposition, the Government decided to cease pursuing any change.

Manufacturing Works

Expand the Manufacturing Works programs to accelerate the transition from traditional to advanced manufacturing. State Government contribution: $2.7 million.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 19

Status

Completed. The $2.7 million budget includes funding for emerging technologies, expanding the Innovation Voucher Program and the SME Innovation Building Program.

The Innovation Voucher Program has been expanded, lifting the maximum annual turnover threshold for firms to $200 million. Since the beginning of the program there have been 74 successful applicants.

Additive manufacturing has increasingly become the focus of the emerging technologies program with workshops held in 2016 in partnership with the Defence Teaming Centre. The SME Innovation Capacity Building program was also delivered in 2016 in partnership with the Australian Industry Group.

International student attraction

Change the role of Education Adelaide to focus on destination marketing and align it with other State marketing activity, including Brand SA, tourism and migration to continue to encourage more students to live and study in Adelaide.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 33

Status

Education Adelaide is implementing its new strategic plan to support the implementation of the South Australian International Student Strategy (Destination Adelaide) for positioning South Australia as a leader in delivering quality, globally competitive education. As part of this, the Education Adelaide regulations have been changed to focus the corporations objects on destination marketing and improving the student experience.  This included changing the name to Study Adelaide to better reflect its focus. Study Adelaide's overseas marketing activity is now aligned with the Investment and Trade outbound and inbound missions calendar.

Student innovation

Increased investment in an innovative student entrepreneurship program to strengthen university/research institution links with industry, assist students to commercialise new ideas and build young innovative companies.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 13, P 34

Status

Completed. The Venture Catalyst initiative is a South Australian Government partnership with the University of South Australia encouraging student entrepreneurship and the creation of local start-ups by providing funding for early-stage ventures. Nine applicants in the first five rounds of funding were successful and awarded up to $50,000 each to develop their ideas. Since the launch of Venture Catalyst, more than 60 applications have been received across the five funding rounds. 
http://www.unisa.edu.au/venturecatalyst

The SA Micro Finance Fund (SAMFF) was launched in March 2015 and closed in June 2016, having been replaced by the SA Early Commercialisation Fund. There were 10 SAMFF recipients for Round 1 with funding totalling $500,000 and nine recipients for Round 2 with funding totalling $428,667.

The State Government has also announced advanced design and manufacturing equipment – including 3D printers and scanners, as well as technical software - will be located at the New Venture Institute, and will be available for use by small businesses, researchers and students.

The (RedFire), report commissioned by the South Australian Government - Implementation Plan for a South Australian Commercialisation Fund - highlights the need to improve commercialisation of research in South Australia and better support innovative start-up companies. In order to optimise the outcomes from investment made by the South Australian Government, the report recommended a South Australian Commercialisation Fund be established in two parts: 1) a $10 million fund to allocate capital to entrepreneurs and innovators looking to commercialise their products and services (SA Early Commercialisation Fund); and 2) a $50 million fund to invest in innovative South Australian companies (SA Venture Capital Fund). Both funds were announced in the 2016-17 State Budget.

The SA Early Commercialisation Fund was launched on 18 November 2016 (replacing the SAMFF). To date four grants of $50,000 each have been provided. 
www.techinsa.com.au/saecf.

The SA Venture Capital Fund will launch in the first half of 2017.

Regional Development Fund

Increase the Regional Development Fund to $15 million per year.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The Regional Development Fund is supporting jobs, infrastructure and services to increase economic growth and productivity for regional South Australia. PIRSA website.

International research collaborations

Increase support for international research collaborations in South Australia, based on our research strengths, which will lead to investment in new commercial opportunities.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 13, P 34

Status

Building on the previous International Research Grant Program, the Research Consortia Program (RCP) will provide significant funding ($1 million per annum over four years) to fund major research consortia consisting of Universities, industry, end-users, other research organisations and Government to tackle major challenges in areas of critical need and strategic importance to South Australia within the State's Ten Economic Priority Areas.

Specialisation clusters

Support new smart specialisation 'clusters' and precincts where future industries can work together to innovate, create jobs and secure export growth. State Government contribution: $5 million. Contribution sought from the Australian Government: $20 million.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 3

Status

No Federal Government Support.

The State Government has allocated $4.35 million over four years to June 2017, to support industry clustering in South Australia.

Since July 2014, six industry-led clusters have received funding under the program, including: the Australian Aerospace Alliance, managed in collaboration with the Defence Teaming Centre; the Musitec music and technology cluster; two water technology clusters managed in collaboration with the Water Industry Alliance (one in managed aquifers and the other in remote location water treatment); the MedDevSA for the medical devices sector; and the Internet of Things for Mining and Energy Resources, managed in collaboration with the Australian Information Industry Association.

To date, the clusters have produced results that include, but are not limited to: involvement in securing seven contracts in Australian, North American, and Asian markets with a total value of about $650 million that involve about 20 South Australian businesses; exploring more than 50 further potential business opportunities in domestic and global markets, estimated at about $1.3 billion and involvement of multiple cluster members; signing multiple agreements of intent with organisations in Asia and North America that resulted from trade missions; and engaging with more than 500 organisations in clustering initiatives.

www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/clusters

Majoran support

Invest $400,000 over four years in industry led training programs delivered by Majoran Distillery to support entrepreneurs.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 23

Status

Completed. Announced in March 2014, funding of $400,000 over four years to 2017-18 has been provided to Majoran to deliver a range of entrepreneurship-based events.

EDB young entrepreneur

Appoint a young entrepreneur to the Economic Development Board.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 23

Status

Completed. Lily Jacobs was appointed to the Economic Development Board on 1 July 2014.

Premium food and wine

Commit $1.5 million over four years to building South Australia’s premium food and wine credentials.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, Page 29

Status

Funding of $1.5 million is committed over four years to build South Australia’s premium food and wine credentials. To date, actvities delivered include:
- Establishing a grant program for the South Australian food and beverage sector.
- Working closely with Brand South Australia to develop strategies, initiatives and marketing collateral to raise awareness and increase State Brand registrations within the food and beverage industry.
- Establishing the Statement of Recognition program for the South Australian seafood sector to assist with establishing new international markets.
- Contribution to activities associated with Adelaide, South Australia's membership of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.
- Research of market opportunities and linked promotion associated with South Australia's moratorium of Non-Genetically Modified food crops.

Innovation and Commercialisation Centre

The merits of establishing a Centre for Innovation and Commercialisation in the Adelaide CBD will be fully investigated.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 13, P 22

Status

Completed. A business case investigating the merits of establishing a Centre for Innovation and Commercialisation in the Adelaide CBD was completed by Ernst & Young. It was recommended that the Centre be established at Tonsley. The Co-HAB co-working space at Tonsley was opened in May 2015.

Northern Suburbs Cooperative Research Centre

Provide support for a co-operative research centre (CRC) with a strong presence in the northern suburbs and focus on transforming the manufacturing sector. Invest $2 million over four years towards the Adelaide operations of the centre. The focus of the CRC in Adelaide will be resources, defence, clean technology, assistive devices, and new materials science. The new Stretton Centre at Munno Para will oversee the development of a South Australian node of the CRC in partnership with the University of Adelaide.

Status

On 26 May 2015 the Australian Government announced a new CRC for Innovative Manufacturing (IMCRC).

The IMCRC is focussing on assisting Australian manufacturers to transition from traditional manufacturing to new manufacturing based on the short-run production of high-value and high complexity goods using advanced technologies and new materials.

The IMCRC will receive $40 million over seven years (to 2022) from the Commonwealth. This will be matched by more than $210 million of cash and in-kind contributions from industry, research institutions and $2 million from the State Government.

South East Asia trade strategy

Implement our next trade strategy for South East Asia, to be modelled on the China and India strategies. Focus on Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and then Vietnam. Appoint a South East Asia strategic adviser and establish a South Australia-South East Asia Council to work with Government and the business community to grow trade between South Australia and South East Asia.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 23

Status

The South East Asia strategy was launched on 19 March 2015. Sir Angus Houston was appointed South Australia's special envoy for international trade and investment with a particular focus on South East Asia. DSD continues to implement the strategy with business missions into Indonesia and Philippines in April 2017, Singapore and Malaysia in July 2017 and Thailand and Vietnam in August 2017 supporting continuing commercial engagement in these markets.

http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/investment/south-east-asia-engagement-strategy

Research initiatives

Boost for high end research in South Australia, to advance the science of gunshot residue to increase conviction rates from gun-related crime; improve mineral processing for advanced manufacturing; and deliver medical treatment in the home.
Source: Media Release, 12 March 2014

Status

The projects, fellowships and grants to undertake these initiatives were funded through the Premier's Research and Industry Fund.

Polaris Centre

Provide $400,000 over four years to the Polaris Centre in Mawson Lakes to boost the services that it provides to northern entrepreneurs.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 21 and Media Release, 4 March 2014

Status

Completed. The Government has committed $400,000 over four years to the Polaris Centre to expand the range of services provided to business owners in northern Adelaide.

Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence

Invest a further $4 million in the Mining and Petroleum Centre of Excellence and deliver a second round of projects.
Status: Let's Keep Building South Australia P 27 and Media Release, 26 February 2014

Status

The Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence has committed $5.3 million to 30 supply chain development projects to date, with strong expressions of interest for further funding rounds.

State Government funding has leveraged a further $29.8 million of co-funding, and in-kind contributions, demonstrating a funding leverage of greater than 5:1.

The Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence continues to provide a platform to increase communication and collaboration to solve challenges for the resources industry.

This initiative also supports the South Australian Copper Strategy and Roadmap for Oil and Gas by driving commercial research and enhancing supply chain capability through the commercialisation of new technologies and services.

http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/resources/mipo/coe

New WorkCover

Lead reform of the South Australian workers compensation scheme and consult with stakeholders during its development. The new WorkCover scheme will better assist injured workers to return to work and save registered businesses in South Australia around $180 million per year.
Source: Media Release, 8 March 2014

Status

The Board of Return to Work SA announced the Average Premium Rate for 2015-16 to be 1.95% down from 2.75% delivering the $180 million saving to business. The new Return to Work scheme launched on 1 July 2015.

Business Accelerator

Work with the private sector to explore a new Stage 2 BioSA business accelerator to grow the bioscience industry.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 30

Status

A business case has been prepared for the construction of an Innovation Hub. TechinSA (formerly known as BioSA) is currently reviewing options for funding the build.

More training opportunities

To support up to 20,000 South Australians without a job or a formal qualification to gain a skill over the next three years, the State Government will subsidise training for workers in manufacturing businesses seeking to upskill their workforce for new innovations that increase productivity.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 2, P 3

Status

Completed. Between January 2014 and December 2016, the Department of State Development supported a total of 34,000 individuals who identified themselves as not having a formal qualification or as being unemployed to commence and complete a qualification.

For 2015–16 (as at 9 Februray 2017), employment projects across the State have resulted in more than 4,700 job placements.
For 2016-17 (as at 9 Februray 2017) more than 1,200 job placements have been achieved through employment projects.

From July 2013 more than 16,300 (to 9 February 2017) jobs have been secured by people participating in employment and skills programs.

As at 1 February 2017, Automotive Workers in Transition Program (AWITP) has: delivered information sessions to 3,015 people; registered 1,266 people for program assistance; provided career advice and transition services to 835 people and assisted 407 people with training.

PACE scheme

Commit a further $4 million over four years to expand and modernise the Plan for Accelerated Exploration (PACE) scheme.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 27

Status

In the 2014-15 State Budget, $1 million each year, for four years, was allocated to the expansion of the PACE program. This strengthened PACE’s primary role of bringing forward new mineral and energy discoveries. In 2015-16 the deliverable was re-scoped to include major new work programs that directly integrated with the South Australian Copper Strategy. The new ‘PACE Copper’ was announced in November 2015. This initiative provides $20 million over 2 years to undertake terrain and geophysical imaging and discovery drilling in the Gawler Craton and far west regions of the State. The initiative is designed to help the exploration industry recover for the challenging global economic cycle and lead transformation of the South Australian mineral exploration industry.

The 2016-17 program is on–track to deliver:
• the world’s largest high-resolution, airborne geophysical and terrain imaging program in partnership with Geoscience Australia has commenced with planes now flying over the mineral rich, highly prospective Gawler Craton, (Completed regions and this week’s flight plans are displayed on the Gawler Craton Airborne Survey web page map - www.minerals.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/gcas)
• industry-government collaborative drilling on 26 new targets across the State has commenced
• Coompana regional gravity survey and regional drilling program to deliver world-class data and interpretation that will open up an untouched mineral province in the State's far west has commenced. As of 7 February 2017, in excess of 33% of the Coompana Gravity Survey was complete.

Masters degrees

From 2020, we will require all new teachers to hold a Masters level qualification.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Revised policy approved in August 2016.

Economic Development Board

Appoint a small business person to the Economic Development Board.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Sue Chase, Managing Director of Cowell Electric Supply Pty Ltd was appointed as a member of the EDB, for a term commencing in December 2016.  http://economicdevelopmentboardsa.com.au/about-us/sue-chase/

SME Innovation Building Programs

It is proposed to expand the reach and extend the timeframes for the Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Innovation Building Programs.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 21

Status

The Department of State Development has partnered with the Australian Industry Group to deliver a business model innovation program, which commenced in April 2016, to eight South Australian companies from a range of sectors including automotive, medical technology, solar and defence.

A program of broader small business capability-building workshops, covering topics that will support businesses build the capacity to innovate such as cash flow, business planning and managing staff, has recently been launched by the Department of State Development.

http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/industry/manufacturing/manufacturing-programs-and-initiatives/business-model-innovation

SAPOL recruitment

Oversee the recruitment of 184 more police officers over the next five years to create the biggest police force in the State's history.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 4 P 1

Status

SAPOL continues to work toward the recruitment targets. Achieving the target by 2017-18 through local recruitment is on track and has been achieved by streamlining the recruitment process and providing additional resources to manage the additional workloads. Because SA Police jobs should be first and foremost for South Australians, we have put a stop to any non-local active recruitment. This is to support the Government's decision to back local jobs.

Our Jobs Plan - Strzelecki Track

Accelerate infrastructure projects to create jobs by working with the Australian Government to bring forward high priority economic infrastructure projects including, sealing the Strzelecki Track for mining access.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 4, 28 & 29

Status

No Federal Government Support.

Infrastructure Australia Priority List released in February 2016 listed Strzelecki as a priority initiative. The State Government will continue to lobby the Federal Government to fund this nationally significant project.

http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/infrastructure

Our Jobs Plan - Torrens to Torrens

Accelerate infrastructure projects to create jobs by working with the Australian Government to bring forward high priority economic infrastructure projects including the North-South Corridor through the Torrens Road to River Torrens Project.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 4, 28 & 29

Status

The Torrens Road to River Torrens Project is currently in the construction phase more than 50% of total work has been completed to date.
The rail overpass was successfully installed and completed on schedule with Outer Harbour and Grange rail services recommencing on 24 January 2017.
http://www.t2talliance.com.au/

Our Jobs Plan - APY Lands

Accelerate infrastructure projects to create jobs by working with the Australian Government to bring forward high priority economic infrastructure projects - upgrade the main access road into the APY Lands.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 4, 28 & 29 and Let's Keep Building South Australia P 155

Status

Major upgrades of 210km main access road between Pukatja (Ernabella) and Umuwa in South Australia’s Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands have commenced. Construction works from the Stuart Highway to Indulkana were completed in March 2016. A total of 11km has been completed to date. Preconstruction works on the 43km between Pukatja and Umuwa commenced in April 2016. Due to cultural activities in the APY Lands and the Christmas Holiday period, construction works will commence in the first quarter of 2017. Road design work for about 150km of the Main Access Road between Kaltjiti (Fregon) and Iwantja (Indulkana) including the Mimili Airstrip Access Road commenced July 2016 and is expected to be completed in late October 2017, weather permitting. Raising and Crushing of pavement material to be utilised for the works in the Mimili area commenced in June 2016, and are expected to be completed in the first quarter 2017, weather permitting. A minimum of 30% of the total onsite contract labour hours are being undertaken by Anangu. Of the 28,324 onsite construction hours undertaken to date, until the end of September 2016, 10,324 hours (approximately 36.5%) have been worked by local Anangu.
http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/apylands

Our Jobs Plan - mining support

Accelerate infrastructure projects to create jobs by working with the Australian Government to bring forward high priority economic infrastructure projects including port infrastructure on the Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas to support mining developments.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 4, 28 & 29 and Let's Keep Building South Australia P 154

Status

The Resources Infrastructure Taskforce released a business case focussed on development of port capacity on the Eyre Peninsula. The business case identified that the Port of Whyalla offers the most immediate opportunity for the export of minerals from the region. The business case also identified Iron Road’s Cape Hardy proposal and Braemar Infrastructure Group’s Myponie Point proposal as priority port development projects.

Our Jobs Plan - NBN

Accelerate infrastructure projects to create jobs by working with the Australian Government to bring forward high priority economic infrastructure projects including the accelerated deployment of the National Broadband Network in South Australia.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 4, 28 & 29

Status

The State Government will continue to work with the Federal Government and NBN Co to facilitate the roll out of this important infrastructure.

Our Jobs Plan - Mt Barker

Accelerate infrastructure projects to create jobs by working with the Australian Government to bring forward high priority economic infrastructure projects including the construction of the Mt Barker interchanges, including Stage 1 of the new Bald Hills interchange. 
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P4, 28 & 29

Status

The new interchange was opened to traffic in August 2016. Final surfacing and landscaping was completed in December 2016. http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/completed_projects/bald_hills_road_interchange

Our Jobs Plan - Kangaroo Island

Accelerate infrastructure projects to create jobs by working with the Australian Government to bring forward high priority economic infrastructure projects including an upgrade of Kingscote Airport to unlock Kangaroo Island's tourism potential through allowing larger planes to land.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 4, 28 & 29

Status

Major works associated with the Kangaroo Island Airport Upgrade Project commenced in January 2017. The $18 million upgrade of the runway and terminal is being jointly funded through the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund and the State Government. 

Our Jobs Plan- North South corridor

Accelerate infrastructure projects to create jobs by working with the Australian Government to bring forward high priority economic infrastructure projects including the North-South Corridor through the Darlington Upgrade project.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P4, 28 & 29

Status

The Darlington Upgrade Project is currently in the design and delivery phase. Early works are 90% complete. On 14 October 2016, the first major traffic switch commenced with traffic on Main South Road shifted to the eastern side of the road between Flinders Drive and Riverside Drive, to facilitate piling works on the western side of Main South Road. Final testing and commissioning of the new water main is completed. http://www.infrastructure.sa.gov.au/nsc/darlington_upgrade_project

Procurement reforms

Oversee procurement reform through the implementation of the revised Industry Participation Policy. Improve opportunities for South Australian businesses to benefit from government- funded projects  and work. Close the gap for local suppler commitment for contracts more than $5 million (or $3 million in regional areas) and less than $10 million.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 23

Status

IP Plan thresholds were reduced from $5 million to $4 million in metro Adelaide and from $3 million to $1 million in regions (October 2013). An Employment Contribution Test was introduced on 1 July 2014 for all contracts from $22,000 to $4 million / $1 million in regions. This measures the amount of local labour associated with the quote or tender. Minimum industry participation weighting increased to 15% for contracts from $220,000 upward on 6 November 2015 to raise the opportunities for local businesses even further. Key data shows marked improvement in opportunities for local business in both goods and services purchasing and construction projects.
www.industryadvocate.sa.gov.au

Motorsport park

Commit $7.5 million towards the establishment of a privately built and operated Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend, capable of hosting a second V8 Supercar race.
Source: Media Release, 27 February 2014

Status

Funding agreement executed and funding delivered. Work has begun with completion expected in 2018.

Career mentoring

The State Government will provide training, intensive career advice and mentoring to help up to 8,000 South Australian workers to retrain and move to a new job.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No2 P 3

Status

The career mentoring deliverable has been delivered. Up to 8,000 people have been supported through a range of initiatives such as:
• The Automotive Transformation Taskforce - 3,015 people
• Drive Your Future - 30 companies
• Career advice and transition services - 835 people
• Retrenched Worker Program - 3,396 people
• BFO Fit – 400 families (contracted to deliver)

Agribusiness Acceletor Program

Deliver on the Agribusiness Accelerator Program, including:
  • Premium Food and Wine brand will be promoted through $1.35 million in funding over four years
  • the Agribusiness Investment Attraction Program (Agri-PACE)
  • the $1.1 million, two-year Functional Food Focus Program
  • the Agribusiness Consultants Program
  • Accelerate the New Horizons soil project with $1.1 million over two years from 2014-15.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No7, P 13, Media Release, 28 February 2014

Status

AgInsight
Stage 3 of design and development enhancements are underway to maintain the website's leading edge status as a local and international investment attraction tool.

Agribusiness Growth Program
Year three of delivery is underway through Food SA and SAWIA.

Adelaide-South Australia Great Wine Capitals Global Network Membership; Activities to capitalise on this membership are underway. A Steering Committee of the founding partners PIRSA, SATC, Brand SA and SAWIA is driving these activites. This includes a partnership with News Corp (digital and print), creation of adelaidegreatwinecapital.com.au to amplify stories about membership and South Australia's wine regions, promotion and branding at the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival and associated events in October 2016, promotion and branding during international missions (incl. South East Asia in July 2016) and at the Royal Adelaide Show and the Royal Adelaide Wine Show awards in September 2016. Membership has also provided the opportunity to run the Best of Wine Tourism Awards and for the seven South Australian winners to be showcased at the international level awards. Other major milestones since joining on 1 July 2016 have included regional engagement sessions; a program launch event and attendance at the Network's mid-term meeting.

United States - Planning is underway for a return mission to the USA in 2017.

Advanced Manufacturing facility

Establish a dedicated Advanced Manufacturing trial facility - a ‘high tech workshop’ for design, assembly, microfabrication and integration of advanced technologies into high value products.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 13, P 33

Status

Completed. Funded under the Northern Economic Plan, the State Government has established a Manufacturing Technologies Centre to assist businesses to build awareness, develop capability, and facilitate collaboration with research and other businesses to trial and adopt new technologies linked to key growth markets.

The Centre, co-located with UniSA at Mawson Lakes and with a node at Tonsley, was opened in November 2016.

This initiative provides South Australian businesses with access to research capabilities and connections to disruptive technologies as a test bed for high-value product development for South Australian companies.

Centres of Research Excellence

Looking to expand the State’s centres of research excellence into strategic growth areas such as food manufacturing, mining and petroleum services, renewable energy and advanced manufacturing.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 13, P 34

Status

The Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence supports the development of local supply chains to enable South Australian based companies to compete nationally and globally to provide high value added products and services to the resources sector with a number of projects underway. To date the Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence has committed $5.8 million across 30 projects to support innovation in Mineral and Energy Supply chains. Industry has further committed $30 million to this initiative.

The Onshore Petroleum Centre of Excellence Training Facility is now an ongoing operational unit of TAFE SA. The Training Facility has established a governance board with members from the oil and gas industry who advise on the development and delivery of industry specific training.

The South Australian Government has provided one-off grants of $500,000 to the four Co-operative Research Centres (CRCs) headquartered in South Australia, that will encourage CRC partners and industry collaborators to commit matching funding, creating additional research activity and employment opportunities.
These CRCs based in South Australia are:
- CRC for Deep Exploration Technology;
- CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork;
- CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacture; and
- Data to Decision CRC.
25 new FTEs have been employed within these CRCs and their associated industry partners.
Five South Australian based CRC bids have been shortlisted in Round 18 of the Commonwealth CRC Programme:
- Future Water CRC
- iMOVE CRC
- CRC for High Performing Soils
- Food Agility CRC
- Cyber Security CRC
Final outcomes of Round 18 are expected to be announced in early 2017.

Encourage skilled migrants

Continue to lobby the Australian Government to restore meaningful concessions through the regional migration system which will help Adelaide attract skilled migrants.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 22

Status

The State Government has continued to lobby the Federal Government for meaningful regional migration concessions. Outcomes from the skilled migration program review currently being undertaken by the Federal Government, which could impact regional concessions, are not confirmed.  Early drafts in 2014 and 2015 indicate minimal regional migration concessions will be retained.  It is not clear when changes from the review are likely to come into effect. South Australia, in its role on the Senior Migration Officials’ Group, has presented a joint paper to the Commonwealth, endorsed by all states and territories at officer level, for the retention of the 489 Provisional visa – a visa which provides significant regional benefit.  

Attracting researchers

Increase State Government investment in attracting and nurturing high calibre researchers to South Australia in areas of strategic importance to diversification and economic growth.

Source: Building a Stronger South Australia No 13, P34

Status

The Premier’s Research and Industry Fund (PRIF) recently announced Research Consortia Program (RCP) will provide significant funding ($1 million per annum over four years) to fund major research consortia consisting of Universities, industry, end-users, other research organisations and Government to tackle major challenges in areas of critical need and strategic importance to South Australia within the State’s Ten Economic Priority areas.

The RCP seeks to bring together Research Consortia led by world-leading researchers to pursue innovative leading-edge, outcome-focussed research solutions with an emphasis on taking outcomes through to application.

Attracting and retaining from within Australia and abroad, world- leading researchers and nurturing and supporting promising South Australian researchers is within the core objectives of the RCP. The selection process for the first successful Research Consortium was completed in December 2016.

More employment projects

Support more than 14,000 people without a job to find work in their local communities working directly with local industries and employers and families experiencing inter-generational joblessness in northern Adelaide to help family members overcome barriers to entering the workforce.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 2, P3

Status

The launch of the Northern Economic Plan in January 2016 aims to grow employment in the region by 15,000 people by 2025.
http://www.looknorth.com.au

In the year to June 2016, northern Adelaide regional employment was comparatively stable at around 151,900 - up 1,700 over the year.

Two examples of immediate job generator Northern Economic Plan projects include the $985 million Northern Connector that will generate 480 jobs per annum over four years, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme which is forecast to generate more than 1,700 jobs in the region once fully implemented in 2018-19.

The State Government has also committed an initial $24.65 million of new funding through the launch of the Northern Economic Plan, and a further $93 million from the 2015-16 State Budget to support northern Adelaide’s growth sectors: construction and urban renewal; health, ageing and disability; mining equipment and technology; tourism, recreation and culture; agriculture, food and beverage; and defence.

From 1 July 2014 to February 2017, across all skills and employment programs implemented in Northern Adelaide, approximately 1,800 people have secured a job. The Jobs and Skills Policy commitment (from 1 July 2013 to February 2017) has yielded approximately 2,000 jobs for people in Northern Adelaide. This includes 213 jobs from the Jobs and Skills Policy Building Family Opportunities program commitment in Northern Adelaide for families facing economic disadvantage.

Since the commencement of the Jobs and Skills Policy in July 2013 to February 2017, 16,300 people have found work in their local communities across South Australia. Of these 16,300 people, 2,000 people from Northern Adelaide have secured jobs including 439 jobs through the Building Family Opportunities initiative.

From July 2014 to February 2017, 1,800 people from Northern Adelaide secured jobs including 247 jobs through the Building Family Opportunities initiative.

Industry attraction in the Mid-North

Work with the private sector to attract new industries to Bowmans and Gladstone.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Hornsdale Wind Farm Stage 1 construction (100MW capacity) located above the Laura, Jamestown and Gladstone triangle has commenced with commissioning in November 2016. Stage 2 of the Hornsdale Wind Farm (also 100MW capacity) was announced in December 2015 and is due to be completed in June 2017. Stage 3 (estimated capex of $260 million) was awarded a take off agreement by the Australian Captial Territory Government in August 2016. Neoen is currently arranging funding to financial close. The final project will have total installed capacity of 315MW.

Investment Attraction South Australia has started to work with Magnetite Mines in attracting investment into an estimated $4.8 billion capex project shipping magnetite from the Braemar Iron Formation via slurry to a port near Wallaroo.

Also, Balco Australia (in Balaklava) in May 2015 entered into a joint venture with Shanghai Yanhua Hi-Tech which will boost employee numbers and grow Balco’s turnover.

Creative Industries

The Government will introduce a series of measures to drive growth in our arts, crafts and music industries and export our talents to the world.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 33 and Building a Stronger South Australia No 13, P 26

Status

The Music Development Office (MDO) continues to implement new initiatives that support the growth in the music industry, including those in partnership with other organisations and agencies. The designation of Adelaide as a UNESCO city of Music, in December 2015, is international recognition of our State's capacity and activity in this area. New international partnerships and opportunities are being brokered for our artists and musicians, through the MDO, funded arts organisations and Arts South Australia. 
http://mdo.sa.gov.au/

Leadership training for Aboriginal South Australians

Work with the higher education sector and provide financial assistance to Aboriginal South Australians to access training and leadership programs.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 175

Status

The Government has funded Flinders University to develop and deliver a program of Aboriginal Nation Building workshops to South Australian Aboriginal groups and the State’s Public Sector. The first workshop was delivered to senior public servants in April 2015, and to 20 Aboriginal leaders in October 2015.

Following announcement of the State's first three Aboriginal Regional Authorities, the Aboriginal Regional Authorities participated in two-day Aboriginal Nation Building workshops in July and September 2016. A complementary workshop was delivered to senior public servants in November 2016.

Regional food and wine clusters

Establish premium food and wine 'clusters' in the Riverland/Murraylands and Limestone Coast and a high value food manufacturing centre.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 154

Status

Funding of $2.6 million has been committed over four years for regional food and wine clusters. Round One and Two projects have been funded and delivered. 

Green Industries SA

Establish a new authority called Green Industries SA to work with businesses, governments and the environmental sector to realise the full potential of the green economy. Increase by $9 million over three years funding to capitalise on South Australia’s reputation as a national leader in waste management.
Source: Let's keep Building South Australia P 124, Media Release, 6 March 2014, Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

Completed. On 1 February 2017, the Green Industries SA Act 2004 came into operation and established Green Industries SA, or 'GISA', as a statutory corporation.
http://www.greenindustries.sa.gov.au/

Royalty deferral

Defer royalty payments for unconventional gas for five years to accelerate investment and job creation in this rapidly expanding sector.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia P 27 and Media Release, 26 February 2014

Status

All Cooper Basin operators impacted by the fall in oil price have undertaken significant reviews of operations targeting a lower cost base and delaying any significant capital expenditure. Capex budgets in the current and near future periods have been largely cut by the producers and this has impacted exploration and appraisal activity for gas produced from ‘unconventional reservoirs’ in the Cooper Basin.
Given these market conditions, the offer of a royalty deferral for unconventional gas is no longer urgent for industry, is unlikely to provide any benefit to producers in the short to medium term, and in any case, the timelines on the offer to industry has expired.
The Government continues to work with industry to assist them through the challenges of the current ‘oil’ downturn and has instigated a number of initiatives including the allowance of development investment to count as ‘eligible’ expenditure under qualifying retention and production licence arrangements.
At this point in time, finalisation of the policy for a deferral of royalties for five years on the production of petroleum from unconventional reservoirs is closed-out.
It is expected that once market conditions improve, the Government will re-look at introducing incentives and programs to help expand

Boosting commercialisation of research

The Government will continue to encourage our (educational) institutions to collaborate with businesses to commercialise the excellent research that is conducted in our State.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

The 2016-17 Budget includes $7.5 million for the Future Industries Institute (FII) at Mawson Lakes, which will deliver increased access to researchers for industry and boost the state’s R&D capacity and activities. The allocation for the FII will be used to fund three streams of activity; Mobility Grants, Access to major equipment and research infrastructure, and R&D Vouchers. The Mobility Grants will fund salary and on-costs for placements of up to 12 month of researchers from business in the FII. Grants awarded will focus on new initiatives with defined business outcomes, such as up-skilling staff and/or translation of research outcomes to commercial products.

Funding for access to major equipment and research infrastructure will provide industry with a unique opportunity to use equipment and expertise that is usually not accessible. The funding will provide for a team of dedicated staff to work with industry in providing expert advice, training and analysis.

R&D vouchers will provide support for projects up to 12 months in duration focussed on addressing an industry problem. The vouchers would allow SMEs with growth potential to rapidly test potential product ideas or improvements.

The South Australian Government continues to develop and innovate further support for start-ups.

The (RedFire) report, commissioned by the South Australian Government - Implementation Plan for a South Australian Commercialisation Fund - highlights the need to improve commercialisation of research in South Australia and better support innovative start-up companies. In order to optimise the outcomes from investment made by the South Australian Government, the report recommended a South Australian Commercialisation Fund be established in two parts: 1) a $10 million fund to allocate capital to entrepreneurs and innovators looking to commercialise their products and services (SA Early Commercialisation Fund); and 2) a $50 million fund to invest in innovative South Australian companies (SA Venture Capital Fund). Both funds were announced in the 2016-17 State Budget.

The SA Early Commercialisation Fund was launched on 18 November 2016.
www.techinsa.com.au/saecf.

The SA Venture Capital Fund will launch in the first half of 2017.

Small business charter

Establish a charter to ensure needs and special circumstances of small business are taken into account when developing legislation and policy.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Completed. The Charter was agreed in 2014 and ongoing monitoring is occurring to ensure the conditions of the charter are met and better outcomes are being delivered for South Australian small businesses.

Future Fund

Introduce legislation to establish a Future Fund for South Australia.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 1

Status

In Progress.

Training in our Growing Economy

The Government will work with our training institutions to focus our significant investment in training on growing sectors of our economy.
Source: Governor's speech to Parliament, February 2015

Status

The WorkReady policy which commenced in July 2015, seeks to strengthen connections between training and jobs, and to specifically target investment in employment and training initiatives through selected apprenticeships and traineeships to meet strategic industry and labour market needs in areas of economic priority, such as Defence and NDIS, including through the Jobs-First initiative.

Local Government infrastructure investment

Partner with the Local Government Association and councils to bring forward shovel-ready projects in local council areas to support job creation in local communities.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 2 P 8

Status

Discussions between the State Government and local government sector are underway through the Premier’s State-Local Government Forum to identify opportunities for local councils to bring forward capital works projects that deliver community and economic benefits.

Industry Participation Advocate

Ensure that the Industry Participation Advocate (IPA) is retained and expand its role by appointing new industry category specialists.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

The role of the IPA has been retained and is funded for the forward estimates. The role of the IPA, as well as the Office of the Industry Advocate more generally, has grown significantly in size, stature and scope over the past three years. The Advocate’s role has expanded beyond only procurement into areas in which the State can hope to achieve broader economic benefit. This includes supporting the steel industry and Aboriginal business development as well as driving innovation and growth through leveraging Government expenditure.
www.industryadvocate.sa.gov.au

Defence High School

Provide additional funding for The Heights School to create a special Defence Industries program for its students, bringing together those students with our State’s defence industry companies.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 71, 25 and Media Release, 3 March 2014

Status

Ongoing funding provided to The Heights School and course counselling for 2017 (first year the defence program will be run) will be contained in the course handbook as well as letters sent home to specific students.

Advanced Manufacturing School

Deliver a $2.3 million Centre for Advanced Manufacturing at Seaview High School to prepare students for jobs in new industries at the Tonsley redevelopment, to be operational for the start of the 2016 school year.
Source: Let's Keep Building South Australia, P 71 and Media Release, 24 February 2014

Status

Partnership arrangements with Tonsley have been established, including TAFESA, Flinders University and industry groups co-located at Tonsley, with an anticipated completion in early 2017. Tenders were called and appraisal completed in April 2016 with a construction contract awarded in June 2016. Construction work commenced on 15 June 2016. Building works progressing as scheduled.

Small business roundtable

Convene regular meetings to allow small businesses to put views directly to Premier and relevant ministers, including via electronic participation to enable regional involvement.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Quarterly meetings are chaired by the Minister for Small Business for representatives from the small business sector to put views directly to relevant ministers. Summaries and outcomes are distributed to small businesses across the State though their respective industry associations.

Resources infrastructure development

The Olympic Dam Taskforce through the newly established Resources Infrastructure Taskforce (RIT) will progress the facilitation of regional infrastructure development for future demand in the resources and energy sectors, with a focus on three key regions in South Australia: Eyre Peninsula, Yorke and Mid-North/Braemar and Far North.
Source: Agreement with the Member for Frome

Status

Water for Resources - Analysis completed for available water bore information for 3 identified South Australian regions to identify linkage to known aquifers. A workshop assessment for further investigations was held to confirm priority investigations and funding bid.

Magnetite Strategy - Analysis completed for South Australia's comparative attributes for magnetite production and global demand study for South Australian magnetite. Magnetite Directions Paper released with website. Strategy and initiatives under development for submission in 2017.

A multi-user access study for port facilities at Whyalla has been completed to inform government activities in the steel taskforce with Arrium Limited.

Introduce Jobs4Youth

Renew the public sector workforce by attracting 200 more young people.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No. 14, P 18

Status

To date 623 placements have been achieved. Agencies are each allocated an annual target. The Office of the Public Sector monitors each agency target to ensure program milestones are met.
http://publicsector.sa.gov.au/people/jobs4youth/

Automotive diversification

Support restructuring of the automotive industry by expanding the Automotive Diversification Program to help automotive supply businesses to find alternative markets and opportunities. State Government contribution: $7.2 million. Contribution sought from the Australian Government: $26 million.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 3

Status

No Federal Government Support.

The Federal Government did not commit to a significant investment fund relative to the scale of the impact of the closure of automotive manufacturing in Australia. However, under its Growth Fund, it provided $20 million under the Automotive Diversification Programme (ADP). The South Australian Government was not required to provide funding to this initiative. In total, with support from the South Australian Automotive Transformation Taskforce, 15 South Australian component suppliers have received $9 million for diversification projects.

The State Government's Automotive Supplier Diversification Program (ASDP) is an $11.65 million initiative to assist automotive supply chain manufacturers impacted by GM Holden Ltd’s closure in 2017 to diversify. To date, 14 projects have been approved, providing total support of $3.8 million for $10 million in new investment.
http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/industry/automotive/asdp

Automotive displaced workers

Support displaced workers by introducing new programs that will re-skill and re-employ workers affected by GM Holden's closure. State Government contribution: $7.9 million. Contribution sought from Australian Government: $37.4 million.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 11

Status

No Federal Government support.

The $7.3 million Automotive Workers in Transition Program (AWITP) has been established to assist workers and their partners affected by the national closure of the automotive manufacturing industry. The Program assists automotive component manufacturing workers to transition to new employment through five key elements:
1. Information Sessions
2. Career Advice and Transition Services
3. Skills Recognition Response
4. Training
5. Business Start-Ups Advice
The program is available until 30 June 2018.

http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/industry/automotive/awtp

GM Holden future site use

Seek Australian Government support for reviewing the future use of the GM Holden plant and site at Elizabeth. Contribution sought from the Australian Government: $2 million.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 3

Status

Delivered without Federal Government funding.

There is an MoU between Holden and the State Government to work collaboratively on future use of the site.

Holden has indicated it will occupy the site until at least 2020 for decommissioning and other uses.

The State Government's Automotive Transformation Taskforce is leading the State Government response.

Business transformation vouchers

Provide new Business Transformation Vouchers of up to $50,000 to support around 200 small and medium enterprises to tap into expert advice that will help their business to grow and diversify. State Government contribution: $4.5 million. Contribution sought from the Australian Government: $10 million.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 3

Status

No Federal Government Support.

The State Government is committed to this initiative honouring its $4.5 million commitment.

The State Government has approved 72 vouchers under the Business Transformation Voucher Program to date. This includes projects ranging from business strategy and finance to evaluation, assessment and adoption of disruptive technologies.

http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/industry/manufacturing/manufacturing-programs-and-initiatives/btvp

Jobs Acceleration Fund

Establish a new Jobs Acceleration Fund to assist businesses to invest in new economic activity that creates jobs in South Australia. (Seek $180 million contribution from the Commonwealth).
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 21 & P 22

Status

Delivered but not in original form.

The 2016-17 State Budget includes a $109 million grant package over two years to encourage businesses to grow and employ more staff. The scheme offers a Job Creation Grant of up to $10,000 over two years for each new FTE job created in a business liable for payroll tax.

The 2015-16 State budget provided a $985 million stimulus package including major tax reforms and targeted investment in growth industries to boost the economy and create jobs.

The Northern Economic Plan also included $10 million for a Small Business Development Fund for northern Adelaide to encourage small businesses to grow and create sustainable jobs.

Automotive supply chain support

Support restructuring of the automotive industry by helping around 200 companies providing up to 5,500 jobs to diversify from the automotive supply chain over the next four years. State Government contribution: $4.65 million. Contribution sought from the Australian Government: $21 million.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 3

Status

No Federal Government Support.

The State Government remains committed to supporting business and community through the exit of Holden.

The Automotive Supplier Diversification Program is a South Australian Government initiative to assist automotive supply chain companies to diversify. To date, 14 projects have been approved, providing total support of $3.8 million for $10.5 million in new investment.

http://www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/industry/automotive/asdp

Local entrepreneurs

Support local entrepreneurs through a number of start-up initiatives, including seeking $2.68 million contribution from the Commonwealth.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 4

Status

No Federal Government funding was provided.

The State Government supported entrepreneurial tertiary students to create new start-up businesses through the Venture Catalyst Program http://www.unisa.edu.au/venturecatalyst
 

The SA Micro Finance Fund (SAMFF) was launched in March 2015 and closed in June 2016, having been replaced by the SA Early Commercialisation Fund. There were 10 SAMFF recipients for Round 1 with funding totalling $500,000 and nine recipients for Round 2 with funding totalling $428,667.

The State Government also supported Innovyz which fosters the development of entrepreneurs.
http://www.innovyz.com 

The (RedFire), report commissioned by the SA government - Implementation Plan for a South Australian Commercialisation Fund - highlights the need to improve commercialisation of research in South Australia and better support innovative start-up companies. In order to optimise the outcomes from investment made by SA Government, the report recommended a South Australian Commercialisation Fund be established in two parts, 1) a $10 million fund to allocate capital to entrepreneurs and innovators looking to commercialise their products and services (SA Early Commercialisation Fund); and 2) a $50 million fund to invest in innovative South Australian companies (SA Venture Capital Fund). Both funds were announced in the 2016-17 State Budget.

The SA Early Commercialisation Fund was launched on 18 November 2016. 
www.techinsa.com.au/saecf.

The SA Early Commercialisation Fund has a first tranche of funding of up to $50,000 that replaces the SAMFF.

The SA Venture Capital Fund will launch in the first half of 2017.

Industry Roadmaps

Develop industry Roadmaps for South Australia's new industries to support economic diversification. Seek $10 million from the Commonwealth Government.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13, P 3 and P 19

Status

No Federal Government support.

Industry roadmaps are being developed or are already completed in the following areas: Functional and Luxury Food Value Chain, Defence, ICT in Minerals and Energy Resources, Medical Assistive Technologies, Manufacturing Technologies and Photonics.

These complement existing roadmaps for the Cellulose Fibre Value Chain, Unconventional Gas Projects and Bio-energy.

Automotive Industry Restructure

Support restructuring of the automotive industry by assisting the Industry Capability Network (ICN) to manage the impact of firm closures. Contribution sought from the Australian Government: $4 million.
Source: Building a Stronger South Australia, No 13 P 3

Status

Negotations between State Governments and the Federal Government about the future governance model of ICN are currently underway. In the meantine, ICNSA continues to work closely with the Office of the Industry Advocate to maximise opportunities for local businesses.

ICNSA also works closely with project proponents to connect suppliers to opportunities across various industry sectors.

As at 31 January 2017 ICNSA facilitated $6.5 million in contracts to South Australian suppliers for the 2016-17 year.


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