Financial support in Adelaide

Helping you establish in Adelaide and up to 43.5% cashback for R&D

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South Australian Venture Capital Fund

$50 million fund managed by Blue Sky Venture Capital, co-investing in high growth start-up companies in South Australia.

NEW Research, Commercialisation and Start Up Fund

Supports businesses to collaborate with researchers and universities to solve industrial problems, commercialise new products and services, attract research infrastructure investment into the state; and encourage the establishment and growth of start-ups.

NEW Economic and Business Growth Fund

$100 million to support industry and business growth through attraction and expansion support for initiatives that will introduce significant new technologies, capabilities, capacities, and expertise in industries that align to the state’s competitive advantages.

Up to 43.5% Cashback for 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?

Incentives covered include clinical trials, analytics, study drug manufacture, prototype manufacturing, the development of new computer algorithms, and many other types of R&D.

Companies can claim the cost of R&D activities conducted overseas in support of their Australian R&D project, when certain conditions are met.

There is a solid track record of successful claims by companies headquartered overseas 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.

Specialised professionals 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.