State Election 2022

The New SA Malinauskas Labor Government

A strong mandate to govern and election commitments to honour.

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On 19 March 2022, the Malinauskas Labor Party secured sufficient votes to form government. Whilst some seats are yet to be decided, the Labor Party will govern with a majority in the lower house. 

Key campaign commitments of the incoming State Government were as follows: 

Sit down with Cabinet

Significantly, Labor has committed to a monthly opportunity for Business SA, along with industry bodies, to meet with the full South Australian cabinet to present ideas for economic growth and reform on behalf of our members. 

Industry Participation Policy

  • Government procurement to increase spend to SA business by a further 5% — last financial year’s spend in SA was 77% — so this will tip it over 80%. This will ensure more of the $11b annual government procurement will be spent with South Australian businesses. 
  • Business SA sees that a shift in culture in the public service is required and must start with senior executives across departments. 
  • Increased transparency through a new annual report from SA Auditor General.
  • New requirement for Departmental Chief Executives to sign off on procurement outcomes where procurement money has gone to interstate businesses. 

Forest Industries Policy

  • $15 million over ten years for a new Centre for Excellence to create a long-term Forestry Research and Development capability at Mount Gambier
  • $2 million over three years to develop a Forest Products Domestic Manufacturing and Infrastructure Masterplan, including a focus on future skills needs
  • $5 million in facilities and equipment for the Mount Gambier TAFE to enable it to provide courses in critical trade areas suffering from skills shortages

Major Events Fund

An additional $40 million has been pledged over 4 years.

Tourism Marketing Fund

An additional $20 million has been pledged over the next 2 years. 

Skills and Training

  • $8.7m investment to produce specific apprenticeships and courses, designed with TAFE SA and the Construction Industry Training Board.
  • Commitment to build 5 new technical colleges (3 metropolitan, 2 regional)


  • Develop a $20b pipeline of renewable energy projects in South Australia through the construction of one of the world’s largest hydrogen electrolyser facilities and hydrogen power stations.

Business SA's Pre-Election Charter22 - For a more prosperous South Australia

Our charters are published ahead of each State Election and contain recommendations for political parties to implement. See the 26 recommendations that Business SA has for the new Malinauskas Labor Government.

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Business SA Pre-election Charter22: For a more prosperous South Australia 2022
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River Torrens natural swimming pool proposal - Charter22 recommendation
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Kendall Crowe

Director, Policy and Advocacy
Business SA

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