South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


39. Competitive business climate:

Maintain Adelaide’s rating as the least costly place to set up and do business in Australia and continue to improve our position internationally

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Key Measure

Note: A lower score on this index indicates a better result.

Explanatory Comments

Until 2016 KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives report was published biennially. KPMG have advised they will no longer be publishing this report. 

The report measured the individual and combined impact of major cost components (such as salaries and wages, benefits, facility costs, utilities and taxes) as they applied to specific industry sectors. The results were expressed as an index, with the United States assigned the baseline index of 100.0.

The report rated 100 cities, in 10 countries using an overall cost index. A lower index score indicated a more competitive business cost environment (relative to the United States). 

In 2016, Adelaide was ranked as the most competitive Australian city with a cost index score of 88.2, ahead of Melbourne (88.8), Sydney (90.1) and Brisbane (90.3).


Lead Agency

Department of the Premier and Cabinet