Digital healthcare

Develop and test digital health solutions

Adelaide Gig City will connect businesses within many of Adelaide’s Innovation Precincts with extremely fast broadband speeds.

With the potential for internet speeds 100x the national average, the South Australian Government is investing A$4.7 million in the Adelaide Gig City Program to help attract hi-tech businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups with ‘bandwidth heavy’ ideas, products and services to the city.

Ideal population for testing

South Australia has a stable, multi-ethnic population of 1.7 million people, with 1.3 million centred in the capital city Adelaide and the remaining 400,000 dispersed over an area four times larger than the UK.

This unique demographic mix makes South Australia the ideal location to test digital healthcare solutions across urban, rural and remote communities.

South Australia is four times larger than the UK

Up to 43.5% cashback for digital health R&D

Up to 43.5% of R&D costs will be reimbursed in cash to eligible companies with an aggregated annual turnover of less than A$20 million (approx. US$15 million). A substantial tax offset is offered to all other eligible entities.

What’s covered?

The incentive can covers costs including development of:

  • New algorithms
  • Cloud computing and manufacture
  • New software modules

There is a solid track record of successful claims by companies headquartered overseas, such as the US, when conducting research in Adelaide.

What’s the process?

Before commencing R&D activities, investors interested in benefiting from the financial incentives must set up an Australian company with a local director. There is no requirement to hire full-time employees. A formal agreement with the parent company is required.

The whole process is inexpensive and can take as little as a month. Importantly, all intellectual property remains with the parent company. Consultants with a track record of successful claims are available in Adelaide.

Adelaide’s banking system is available to provide a loan secured against the cashback amount.

The R&D Tax Incentive is an Australian Government initiative jointly managed by AusIndustry and the Australian Taxation Office. For further information please visit and

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Health Industries South Australia is the South Australian Government agency helping life sciences companies expand in Adelaide.