Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine production

Grow in South Australia

Markets in developed countries are ready to pay premium prices to secure products from natural sources, grown in a clean and green environment like South Australia.

Clean and green environment

Australia enjoys a great global reputation as a pollution-free, clean and green land, with low population density and high-quality standards applied in the cultivation of its agricultural produce.

South Australia in particular prides itself on the pristine quality of its natural environment and has committed to a moratorium on genetically modified food crop cultivation.

Australia has strict quarantine laws, ensuring its environment remains unblemished, and South Australia, which is four times the size of the UK, provides an abundance of land for production of any scale.

Unique plants

South Australia also possesses a large repository of native flora and fauna which are believed to have health benefits, offering a potential opportunity to provide exclusive food and beverage products with a uniquely Australian flavour.

‘Made in Australia’ brand

Products grown in Australia are known around the world for their high-quality and safety. Consumers are willing to pay a premium for the guaranteed quality that comes with ‘Made in Australia’ branding.

Extract, purify and package

Establish a dedicated extraction and purification plant in Adelaide for production of pure ingredients and extracts in compliance with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulatory framework.

Take advantage of Adelaide’s expertise, including its three universities which have decades of experience in world-leading research in active ingredient extraction, purification and processing.

Export to China, EU and US from Adelaide

With established domestic and international logistics for food and beverages, companies based in Adelaide can serve the national market and easily distribute throughout the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific markets and to the rest of the world.

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

Adelaide’s location makes it a centre of Australia’s road, rail and air links. South Australia offers quick and cost effective air and sea freight transport to major markets in Asia.

Adelaide is the only mainland capital from which it is possible to fly to and return from all other mainland capitals in Australia within a day. By locating in Adelaide, businesses can manage, train and further grow their national and regional sales and distribution teams.

Up to 43.5% cashback for traditional Chinese medicine 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
  • Study drug manufacture and related services

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.