Current initiatives

Food and Wine Industry Growth Programs

Food SA Business Growth Program - Assist food and beverage manufacturers and value-adding producers to respond to business management challenges and identify and assess potential markets for their products.

South Australian Wine Business Growth Program - Accelerate business growth, through expert business evaluation and coaching services.

Objective: Improved business management skills and accelerated business growth.

Farm Business Management Program

Support for farm businesses in drought affected areas to undertake a strategic review of their business and develop a business plan specific to their needs and situation.

Objective: Increased business acumen and skills, whilst building business resilience.


The South Australian Government’s $21 million Drought Support Package aims to support farm families, local businesses and rural communities dealing with drought conditions, including mentoring and business support services.

Objective: Wellbeing and financial support for drought impacted farmers.

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Bushfire Recovery

The South Australian Government in partnership with the Commonweath Government is offering a range of support services and financial support to individuals and businesses impacted by bushfires, including the specific Primary Industries Grant for South Australian producers.

Objective: Recovery support for bushfire impacted producers.

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Skilling South Australia

Supporting more apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in South Australia – including in food, wine and agribusiness.

Objective: Helping more people get skills and qualifications to build lasting careers and meet the needs of industry.

Industry Skills Councils

Eight Industry Skills Councils established to strengthen industry’s voice in skills and workforce development, including Councils representing the agribusiness; and food, wine, tourism and hospitality sectors.

Objective: Ensure alignment of funding for training to industry priorities.

FIXE – Entrepreneurship and Startup Strategic Action Plan

Supports entrepreneurs in any sector to build their capabilities and their confidence to make sure they have the skills to grow a business from concept through creation, bring their ideas to market and turn their innovations into commercial outcomes.

Objective: Support for entrepreneurs and increased new businesses development.

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EXCITE Strategy

The EXCITE Science and Innovation Strategy details a range of initiatives to support industry-research collaborations, enhance and celebrate diversity in our science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) workforce, attract new investment and present South Australian ideas and new technologies to global markets, by operating the key levers of Excellence, Collaboration, Innovation, Translation and an Enabled future workforce (EXCITE).

Objective: Increased research investment and activity.

Future growth opportunities

Waite Innovation Hub to Drive Future Innovation with Existing Expertise and New Technology

Opportunity: The Waite Campus of University of Adelaide is already home to the largest concentration of agricultural, plant and wine research capability and expertise in the southern hemisphere. There is unmet potential to be a world leading plant and food innovation precinct, through bringing together existing agricultural expertise, new technologies, businesses and entrepreneurs to drive the future of South Australia’s agricultural and food and wine production.

Action: Partnership with the University of Adelaide to co-invest into modern infrastructure at Waite:

  • AgTech hub for research based on the convergence of leading capabilities in agriculture, wine, engineering, machine learning and robotics.
  • State of the art, world leading teaching and research winery.
  • Shared use research and pre-commercialisation facilities and programs to bring together research, technology and entrepreneurship.


  • $400 million economic impact
  • 800 new jobs generated in the precinct.

COVID-19 Workforce Challenges

Government is working with industry to address the workforce challenges due to international and interstate border restrictions, including information and communication, managing essential people and freight movements and promoting local work opportunities through the new site.