Australian Innovation

South Australia boasts a long and proud history of innovation

Four of Australia’s 11 Nobel Laureates were born or conducted research in South Australia, and that tradition of inquiry and industry continues to expand in the 21st Century.

Our State is now home to some of Australia’s leading research institutes examining better, more sustainable futures for our defence, mining, mineral processing, viticulture, agriculture, marine science and bio-science sectors.

Our Waite Innovation Precinct has one of the largest concentrations of research expertise in the southern hemisphere, and includes facilities that specialise in cereal crop breeding and sustainable agriculture.

We lead the nation in the development and use of renewable energy, with around half of Australia’s installed wind power, more than 90 per cent of the national investment in geothermal – or “hot rocks” technology.

The South Australian Government has recently established a Renewable Energy Fund, to help us tackle the huge global challenge of climate change.

We also continue to explore the potential of wave power and bio-diesel produced from micro-algae.

Adelaide has also become home to the first overseas operation of the world-renowned Royal Institution of Great Britain.

The Royal Institution of Australia will become a national hub to promote and further explore the worlds of science, research and innovation.

Underpinning our strong scientific research base and our culture of innovation is our commitment to quality education and training.

In addition to our State’s three outstanding “home grown” tertiary institutions – the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia – we also host a number of world-class overseas education providers.

The US-based Carnegie Mellon University, Britain’s Cranfield University that specialises in defence-related courses, and University College London – recently rated the fourth-best university in the world – have all established a presence in South Australia.


A key to the strong culture of innovation that we have cultivated and promoted is the collaboration between industry, research institutions and universities, and the investment that the State and Federal Governments are making in world-class infrastructure.

It is essential that innovation – the application of fresh knowledge to solve existing problems, and to develop new processes, products and markets – remains at the heart of everything we do.


It has helped to shape our State and our nation in the past, and it remains a key to our future.

Publications such as ‘Solutions for Success’ play an important role in ensuring our preparedness to tackle the great challenges of our planet, and of our time.

It tells the stories of innovative Australians who are making a difference, and will hopefully inspire others to follow.

Mike Rann

Premier of South Australia

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