About Us

SACES operates with a core in-house research team supplemented by academic experts from across the University according to project needs. SACES is frequently involved in, and often leads, collaborations with other disciplines such as sociology, law, psychology, environmental science and engineering.

SACES staff have a range of research skills which they use in the analysis of complex economic, social and public policy issues. These skills are both generalist and technical in nature. Generalist skills include project management, writing to a target audience, graphical presentation, liaison and consultation skills, face-to-face presentation, and the preparation of proposals and research planning. Staff technical skills include both conceptual and data skills. These conceptual skills include the application of economic principles and concepts to policy design and evaluation, the conduct of benefit cost analyses including non-market valuations, and the conduct of computable general equilibrium modelling. Data skills include econometric analysis, data validation and cleaning, survey design and data collection.

SACES also draws on the resources and infrastructure of the University including human research ethics clearance processes, library and IT resources, finance, human resources, etc.

SACES mission is to increase the quality of analysis and debate regarding economic and public policy issues within South Australia and beyond.

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.

Consulting services

Provision of specialist economic research and advice on a fee-for-service basis to both private sector and government clients (locally, nationally and internationally).


Undertake, promote and disseminate the results of independent applied research, particularly on issues relevant to regional and national economic growth and development. 

Economic policy forum

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