As a business destination, Adelaide is very hard to beat.

Between its central location, burgeoning tourism industry, thriving private sector, and proactive business support from local and state governments, it has become one of Australia’s most profitable cities for business and investment.  

Indeed, in their 2016 Competitive Alternatives Report, KPMG detailed the business cost factors in more than 100 cities across the Asia Pacific, and ranked Adelaide as the most competitive place to do business in the entire region. 

Naturally the city’s convenient location and its function as state capital played a part in that ranking. It affords easy access to the Asia Pacific region, and it’s at the heart of the state’s civic, cultural and commercial life. Thanks to thriving retail, tourism, education, health, professional services, entrepreneurial, commercial and residential property development sectors, it generates around one fifth of South Australia’s Gross State Product.

Together the South Australian State Government, through Investment Attraction South Australia, and City of Adelaide are actively pursuing interstate and international business and investment. We’re reducing red tape, enhancing policy and regulatory support for investors, and can provide direct funding to individual projects and the infrastructure that enables them.


The City of Adelaide has a strong history of international partnerships, ranging from formal connections through the Sister Cities program, to membership of and involvement in a variety of international networks and associations. Today we have relationships with five Sister Cities and two Friendly Cities, across three continents. From diplomat visits to education exchanges, our Sister City partnerships are diverse and dynamic and provide opportunities for cultural and economic development and promoting civic diplomacy and goodwill at local levels.


Business Missions

In 2017, the South Australian Government, with representation from the City of Adelaide, visited the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), China, Europe and India.

The latest City of Adelaide-led business delegation included leading 16 city-based businesses to the cities of Qingdao and Dalian in early May securing over $700,000 in export sales and generating a further $6m in export leads.

If you are interested in participating in a State Government business mission you can find out more information here.

If you are interested in how City of Adelaide might be able to support you during a business mission or more broadly in accessing opportunities in overseas markets especially in Shandong Province, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact the International Adelaide team via email internationalAdelaide@cityofadelaide.com.au