Medtech and Medical Devices

Medtech manufacturing and distribution

Solid supply chain

Adelaide has decades of experience in world’s-best-practice manufacturing in the automotive and defence industries, providing high-skilled workers and solid supply chains that are now being successfully applied to medical device manufacturing.

Automotive experience includes GM and Mitsubishi car manufacturing, while defence experience includes ship and submarine building. This strong tradition of manufacturing provides Adelaide with skilled workers and supply chains able to deliver:

  • Precision mechanics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Sensors
  • Nanomaterials
  • Composites
  • Firmware
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Analytics

Distribute in Asia and Australia from Adelaide

More people live inside this circle than outside.

Built in Adelaide, Australia

Automotive manufacturing has developed a culture which delivers precision products, efficiently and cost-effectively, with a strikingly low defect rate and high traceability. Six Sigma, kaizen and lean manufacturing have helped deliver this for car companies and now manufacturers in Adelaide are using techniques like these to build ground-breaking medical devices.

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Adelaide has been rated as the most cost-competitive city for doing business in Asia-Pacific by KPMG on their Competitive Alternatives 2016 index.

South Australia’s labour costs are below the Australian average.

Industrial land and office space are available at rates lower than other mainland Australian states. With a well-planned supply of industrial land linked to strategic infrastructure and transport corridors, Adelaide is highly competitive for its cost of doing business.

With established domestic and international logistics for hi-tech goods, companies based in Adelaide can serve the national market and easily distribute throughout the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific markets.

Take advantage of Australia’s free trade agreements with Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, and China.

Australian Advantage

Foreign investors are assured by Australia’s stable political environment as well as the efficiency and transparency of its legal system. Australia’s legislative and regulatory frameworks are similar to those of many developed countries in the Western world.

The World Heritage Foundation notes “Australia’s robust free-market democracy benefits from an effective system of government that facilitates vibrant entrepreneurial development. With almost all industries open to foreign competition and a skilled workforce readily available, Australia continues to be an attractive and dynamic destination for investment”.

Australia is one of only six countries rated as economically free in the world.

Economic Freedom

2018 Index of Economic Freedom

Up to 43.5% cashback for medtech 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?

Cashback covers all phases of development, from preclinical to phases 1, 2, and 3. Companies can claim the cost of R&D activities conducted overseas in support of their Australian R&D project, when certain conditions are met. The incentive covers costs including:

  • Clinical trials
  • Analytics
  • Prototype manufacturing

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.