About Business in Marion

Business success is essential to the future development of the City of Marion as a place to live, learn, work and invest. 

We are committed to working in partnership with industry, community and government to ensure that our area supports business and promotes collaboration, innovation and creativity.

We have created a guide to get you started and to help you connect with the right services and the right people.

Snapshot of Marion

The City of Marion is located about 10km south-west of the Adelaide CBD, covers 55 square kms and stretches from the Glenelg tramline in the north to Hallett Cove in the south.

It is one of South Australia’s larger metropolitan Councils and has a diverse economic base that is primarily centred around the Edwardstown industrial area, Science Park, Clovelly Park including the Tonsley redevelopment.

Retail also plays an important role in the commercial life of the city with three major shopping centres at Hallett Cove, Castle Plaza and Westfield Marion which is the largest in South Australia.

As well as the Westfield development, the Marion Regional Centre is home to the South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre, a FINA grade swimming complex, the Marion Cultural Centre incorporating a theatre, art gallery, restaurant and library, a GP+ Health Centre and a range of other service operations both private and government.

In addition, Flinders University and Flinders Medical Centre, both situated adjacent to Science Park, are major employers and have a significant influence on the area.

The economic base is dominated in absolute numbers by small businesses, many of which are home-based.

The former Mitsubishi Motors assembly plant at Tonsley is in the process of being completely redeveloped as an integrated employment, education and residential precinct. A new TAFE has been established on the site and Flinders University is moving its School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics into a new 6 storey building due for completing early in 2015. Targets for the development are some 6,300 jobs, over 2,000 students and 1,500 residents.


Marion Economic Profile

The City of Marion uses an economic modelling tool called REMPLAN created by Compelling Economics Pty Ltd. View the Marion Economic Profile.

REMPLAN uses Census place of work data and national economic data to create a model of a particular regional economy. A summary of the latest analysis using the 2011 Census shows the top three industry sectors in Marion:

By output:

  • Manufacturing – 24.2%
  • Financial and insurance services – 14.7%
  • Rental, hiring and real estate services – 10.6%

By employment:

  • Retail - 22.4%
  • Health care and social assistance – 12.5%
  • Manufacturing – 10.2%

By value-added:

  • Financial and insurance services – 22.9%
  • Rental, hiring and real estate services – 15.4%
  • Retail – 10.3%

A public version of this information is available as an economic profile which can be accessed on the Marion Economic Profile.


Further information

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