The South Australian Centre for Economic Studies (SACES) is a self-funding applied research unit of the University of Adelaide.

SACES was established in 1982 with a principal role to review, research and report on economic and public policy issues of relevance to South Australia and Australia as a whole. The Centre aims to increase the quality of analysis and debate regarding issues within the State, and to establish itself as a pre-eminent economic research centre in Australia.

Consulting services

Provision of specialist economic research and advice on a fee-for-service basis to both private sector and government clients.

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Independent research fund

The independent research fund supports our research capacity in making a contribution to public policy debate.

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Corporate membership

Regular provision to Members of economic briefing reports with a detailed assessment of economic conditions and the outlook for Australia and South Australia.

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Economic & social indicators

Selection of indicators for South Australia providing a snapshot of recent economic and social trends in the State.


Results of independent applied research, particularly on issues relevant to regional and national economic growth and development. 

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Public commentary on economic, social and fiscal issues and trends.

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Latest from the Economic policy forum

Data wrap – employment growth continues but building approvals remain weak

In today's Data Wrap we review the latest statistical releases for South Australia in respect of the labour market, job vacancies, retail trade, building approvals and house prices.

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Betting operations tax revenue options

Department of Treasury and Finance has released a report prepared by SACES regarding the revenue impacts of the Betting Operations Tax (BOT). 

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Judgement day for the Doctor

In the final episode of our series exploring the current and historical nature of regulation in South Australia, The Doctor makes her final defence against breaching the state’s shop trading laws.

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