Adelaide lands Google public sector cloud office

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

Google will base its Australian public sector cloud team at Adelaide’s innovation precinct Lot Fourteen, joining AWS and Accenture in committing to offices in the city in recent months.

Google plans to establish a hub for a Cloud Public Sector team which will work with South Australian health and medical researchers. The hub will also be a training and event venue for its customers and partners.

The South Australian government lobbied the US tech giant in 2018 to set up its Australian headquarters in Adelaide, but was ultimately unsuccessful, with Google keeping its local base in Sydney with another office in Melbourne.

Premier Steven Marshall has welcomed Google’s plans to set up a hub for its public sector cloud team in Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall welcomed the establishment of the public sector cloud hub.

“This is now the third global company to choose South Australia as its home, creating thousands of jobs in the hi-tech, digital, space and defence industries,” Mr Marshall said.

“South Australia has world-leading capabilities in AI, data analytics and cyber security that make us globally interesting and provides digital tech companies with an opportunity to come together to partner on projects that can literally change the world we live in.”

It is unclear how many jobs will be created through the new Adelaide hub.

In February Amazon opened its Lot Fourteen office in the site’s North Terrace with plans to create 50 jobs by 2024. The office houses teams from Amazon’s cloud subsidiary, AWS, and its Amazon Sciences division, focusing on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In September last year, consulting giant Accenture announced plans to set up an Adelaide hub it claims will create 2,000 local jobs.

Google plans to focus its work in Adelaide on health research and technology and work closely with the SA Health and Medical Research Institute, an independent institute of more than 700 researchers.

Google Cloud AUN Director Public Sector Michael Grantham said the US tech giant is excited to work with the South Australian community and is working to bring more partners to the region.

“I’d like to thank Premier Marshall and minister Patterson for their personal involvement in this initiative over the last 10 months. We are already working hard on attracting our first big international partner to SA expanding our partner network ecosystem and creating more Tech sector jobs in Adelaide,” Mr Grantham said.

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