First post here, a Happy one, and a warning: we've just left Adelaide for the UK, family of 5, young kids still at primary school and 1 just in high school.
We were living in Sydney (for 8 years) and moved to adelaide 3 years ago and to be honest it was a real mistake, I specialise in Process Improvement/Business Consultancy, as a program director and just could not find work that paid anywhere near enough or find work for long enough to run our family, there really are no significant growth projects in any of the public sectors which make up the lions share of the work in adelaide, besides it's a closed system in Adelaide where mates look after mates and nothing gets done as they've looked after themselves, SA Health are trying to run the new hospital on a shoestring which is bad news, The attorney generals office made a huge hilarious mess of the reform program and now won't come out of their box, SAPOL are three years behind project "shield" and finger pointing has begun, Santos just left 800 go, Department of Education (yes that's families SA) are in hiding and are simply full of people who have given up on themselves decades ago and their work (may go somewhat to explain the mess they are in) , Courts SA have lost the new building program which leaves poor Chief justice nowhere to go, Th Universities are simply flogging expensive courses to Asian and overseas Students (I now mentored at one of the Uni's) I tried to recruit and build a team at a major govt department and just could not find the calibre of people to place, most young professionals and indeed professionals of my age (early 40's) have actually left the state, this is a sobering issue, there are no people to run and advocate programs of work, as the locals will simply play it safe , watch their mates and not take risks, this at best means doldrums, and worst a floundering on the rocks. Bendigo Bank, which should be a somewhat largish employer are still struggling with Basel III, which puts them 2-3 years behind comparable banks. I have built teams in Sydney and It's not that easy I'll admit, but at leas the people are out there, Adelaide has not only a deficit of jobs, but also a deficit of good experienced and motivated people, I think one organisation I recently worked at had spent zero on training it's staff (thats public facing staff) for the last 10 years, now that is building a dysfunctional organisation if ever there was one.
You can't rely on tourism , it's a finite and low paid entry level job for migrants, Same with the Wineries, they are constrained by their size, Skilled Migration here has got to be as a Trade or a Vocation, this simply put means that you have to be a Tradie, Police, Ambulance, Nurse or at a push health care professional, otherwise you are risking a significant amount of your capital taking a punt on a state that is clearly poorly run, and poorly run by people who are happy to take their pensions and 300K salaries and do nothing. Teachers will be put (if you get a job at all) on the TRT roundabout (TRT = Temporary replacement teacher), lets follow this logic through, lots of TRT at a school ???, indicates either a problem with the school population, the leadership or the staff, any of which you don't want to be part of.
If you have a child with a disability (as we do) or a child with a talent/skill (yes a different one), then I have to report that our experience of Adelaide Education has been quite unimpressive, the lack of professionalism and failure to provide simple direction by leadership is astonishing to observe, since we (as parents) and i am trained in advocacy, it was annoying but we managed, I shudder to think how non native english speakers or parents who "trust" the system could fare.
The state is frankly almost bankrupt, there are too many public servants drawing down salaries for doing quite an appallingly bad job, so there is no innovation nor movement, and the government simply can't reform them, the colloquial word I've often heard is "unflushable" .
I know this may sound odd, but all things being equal, we see better options opportunities in the UK/Europe or indeed Sydney for our family. Besides I want my children to have integrity and work in a meritocracy, not a matey matey place that under performs and discriminates against poorer citizens.