Department of State Development

The Department for Innovation and Skills is responsible for supporting South Australia’s future economy, creating prosperity and opportunity for the people that choose to live and work in our State.

  • We are focussed on the human factors required to support the Government’s growth agenda – skills, migration, innovation and creativity, science and entrepreneurship.
  • We are forward looking – building new skills and migration systems to ensure we have the right people and skills to support our growing economy.  
  • We support the innovation system - driving an entrepreneurial and creative culture and enhancing our science ecosystem to drive new ideas to commercial outcome and economic growth.
  • We will continue to collaborate across Government and with the private sector to enable coherent policy decisions and effective and efficient implementation of programs and initiatives.



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Creating a world-leading Hub to give South Australians the opportunity to bring their ideas to market.


Science, research and innovation play a fundamental and transformational role in South Australia’s economy and society.


Supporting skilled and business migrants to permanent residency in South Australia.


Responsibility for policy, funding and operation of the state’s vocational education and training system.

Creative Industries

South Australia's cluster of screen, music and craft drives collaboration to transform creativity into commercial outcomes.

Small Business

South Australia's small businesses form the backbone of our economy and are key drivers of the State's growth and employment.

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