About Us

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. 

Our staff are skilled in a range of analytical techniques which can be brought to bear on complex economic, social and public policy issues. These expertise range in project management, stakeholder consultations, statistical data analysis including econometric data analysis, data modelling, analysis of large data sets, and qualitative data analysis techniques such as focus groups, interviews and surveying.

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. To achieve its role, SACES engages in the following activities.

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.