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South Australia is located in the southern central part of Australia, covering some of the most arid parts of the continent. It is the fourth largest of Australia’s six states and territories and is well-known for its wine and festivals.

To live in Australia potential migrants will first need to complete an Australian visa assessment.


Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population of over 1.1 million.

Other destinations in South Australia that have proved popular amongst migrants in recent years include Whyalla, which has a population of approximately 22,000 and is approximately 245 miles from Adelaide.

Another destination is Kangaroo Island, a predominantly agricultural island that is just 93 miles long, sitting 8 miles from mainland Australia in the Indian Ocean.


As a state, South Australia’s mean temperature range is 29 °C at the height of summer in January, and 15 °C at its coldest, in the winter month of July. However, daily temperatures in parts of the state in January and February can be up to 48 °C.
The city of Adelaide’s climate can be said to be broadly Mediterranean or subtropical.

Summers are usually dry and hot, usually reaching 32 °C in the day and 20 °C at night, although most days exceed these temperatures.

Winter is mild to warm, with most of the rain that the city receives seen in this season. Winter days usually reach 17 °C, and nights around 9 °C. 

Economy and Primary Industries

The manufacturing industry remains a very large contributor to South Australia’s economy, with the primary sectors being automotive, component manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and defence technology and research.

Other important industries include commodity export, as South Australia's economy relies on exports more than any other state in Australia, with production of South Australian food and drink (including agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, fisheries and manufacturing) standing as a AU$10 billion industry.

The electronics industry in Adelaide has grown at over 15% per year since 1990 and employs over 13,000 people, which is even more than that of the city’s automotive industry. In and around the city there are plants that produce electronic systems that are sold worldwide for applications in medical, communications, defence, automotive, food and wine processing and industrial sectors.

Australia's largest oil company, Santos (South Australia Northern Territory Oil Search), prominent South Australian brewery, Coopers, major national retailer Harris Scarfe and Australia's second largest listed investment company Argo Investments Limited call Adelaide their home.

South Australia Immigration Options

Skilled workers wishing to emigrate to Australia have a number of Skilled Migration visa categories to which they can apply.

Those specifically wanting to emigrate to Australia to live in South Australia can apply for the South Australia Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 475). 

The Skilled - Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475) is a sponsored work visa for skilled people wishing to live and work in a regional or low population growth area in Australia. The Skilled Regional Sponsored Visa is a temporary visa valid for three years.