South Australia and France – Partners in Prosperity

The Office of the French Strategy is focused on developing opportunities to ensure that South Australia maximises economic benefits from Australia’s $50 billion Future Submarine Program, awarded to French company Naval Group (formerly DCNS).

Australia’s next generation submarines will be built in Adelaide over the next five decades - creating jobs and prosperity.

The office coordinates initiatives that strengthen economic and business ties with France to foster trade, investment and job creation in key priority sectors such as advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, agriculture and healthcare.

It also focuses on developing broader opportunities across a number of areas including education, research and development, tourism and the arts.

The team leads diplomatic and government-to-government relationships with key national, regional and local French government leaders.

Read the French Strategy.

South Australia's presence in Paris

In September 2017, the State Government officially opened a South Australian office in Paris, France.

The office works to strengthen existing links with key contacts in France and to identify and build new relationships with French businesses.

South Australia is the first state in Australia to establish a permanent presence in France - a move which demonstrates our commitment to a long and mutually beneficial connection with France well into the future.

2017 Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge

The 2017 Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge came to Adelaide for the first time on 11 and 12 July at the iconic Adelaide Oval.

Based on its hugely-popular sister event in France ‘24 heures chrono de l’entrepreneuriat’, the Entrepreneurship Challenge brings together leading PhD students to design an innovative and profitable start-up concept – all in the space of 24 hours.

A total of 48 participants competed in the Entrepreneurship Challenge this year. Congratulations to the winning group, Team ReMind, who won the challenge with an idea focussed on technology to help rehabilitate the elderly who have a fall.

The 2017 Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge is supported by the Government of South Australia together with the Embassy of France in Australia, the University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the Australian and French business communities.

South-Australia-France Tertiary Education and Research Workshop

Adelaide has hosted the most important higher education and research workshop ever organised between Australia and France.

The Government of South Australia, in partnership with the Embassy of France in Australia, held a Tertiary and Education Research Workshop from 30 May to 1 June 2017.

At the workshop, attendees discussed:

  • How to boost collaboration between French and South Australian tertiary education, research and innovation ecosystems along with main stakeholders across Australia in the Future Submarine contract
  • Ideas around future industrial workforce development training and skills challenges through academic and research collaborations
  • How to share best practice and mechanisms to strengthen bilateral partnerships.

French Engagement Newsletter

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Office of the French Strategy
Department of the Premier and Cabinet