Adelaide is a city that proudly acknowledges and celebrates its traditional owners — the Kaurna people — their cultural heritage and relationship to the land.
A dynamic and enterprising city, Adelaide is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Perfectly positioned between the hills and the sea, and dubbed a ‘20-minute city’, Adelaide is uniquely surrounded by 760 hectares of Nationally Heritage Listed Park Lands.
Adelaide is an accessible, safe and welcoming city and our community is vibrant and diverse, with over 26,000 residents, 130,000 city workers and 315,000 visitors to the city daily.
Home to the young and young-at-heart, nearly half of our residents are aged 18 to 34 and one in five have chosen to spend their golden years living in the city. Forty five percent of our residents born overseas and 36% speaking a language other than English.
A city of culture and innovation
Renowned for its exceptional food and wine, world-class events, art and cultural attractions and shopping, Adelaide is one of 10 Wine Capitals of the World, Australia’s Festival Capital and the nation’s first and only, UNESCO City of Music.
A strong city underpins a healthy State, and as the capital of South Australia, Adelaide contributes close to 18% of the State’s economic value. One of Australia’s most competitive places to do business, Adelaide is experiencing rapid growth, and is home to over 12,000 businesses.
Adelaide is a centre for education, defence, innovation, medical research and space technology. The Australian Space Agency, Adelaide BioMed City, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and Lot Fourteen continue to grow the city in size and reputation. Adelaide is home to seven of the world’s top 10 defence companies operating across the aerospace, maritime, land, systems and cyber domains.
With a rich history of creative industry, including Australia’s first capital city arts venue, the Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide is also a hub for video gaming, visual effects and film post-production for some of the world’s biggest movies.
Adelaide, which has ambitions to be one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities, is overflowing with possibilities, potential and progress. World class universities, hotels and businesses have grown the city’s skyline over the last decade, creating a fast-paced city with infrastructure that includes Australia’s first 10Gbps data network.
A forward-thinking city on a global stage, Adelaide is attracting a wealth of new industries and has a well-deserved reputation as a city where innovation and entrepreneurial thinking thrives.
Lord Mayor Profile: Dr Jane Lomax-Smith AM
Dr. Jane Lomax-Smith AM, Lord Mayor of Adelaide.
Jane Lomax-Smith is a Pathologist with a career in research and clinical medicine. She trained in London and has worked in Boston and Adelaide where she gained a PhD in immunology.
Jane has run hospital departments and private practices including her own. She is a staunch supporter of conservation of heritage buildings and Adelaide Park Lands. She has held elected office as a City Councillor, Lord Mayor and as MP for the City when she was also Minister for Education and Tourism.
She has written Commonwealth and State Government reports on funding for universities and the future of Leigh Creek. She is now the Chair of the Teachers Registration Board and the Don Dunstan Foundation which researches and promotes ideas on a range of social justice issues.