Tonsley Innovation District

What is Tonsley?

Tonsley is Australia’s first innovation district, connecting businesses with the best and brightest.

The former Mitsubishi Motors assembly plant at Tonsley is in the process of being completely redeveloped as an integrated employment, education and residential precinct by Renewal SA.

This is a unique development in the City of Marion and we are looking for ways to encourage the business and local community to activate this space.


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COMmunity Space @ The Tonsley Pod

Community Space @ Tonsley Be part of our exciting activation of The Tonsley Pod at the Tonsley Innovation District!

Visit our COMmunity Space on Thursdays starting from 24 August 2017 to:

  • Enjoy inspiring and innovative seminars and presentations.
  • Learn and participate in fun and interactive workshops.
  • Gain a better understanding of sustainable practices.
  • Experience networking and ideas sharing.

Tonsley is an important asset for our future and we are an active participant in creating Tonsley as a vibrant and connected place to live, work, study and do business.

Our program of events and workshops will align with the spirit of the site and will aim to attract the wider community into the precinct as well as engage those working and studying there.

Check this page regularly for our weekly program guide and be sure to book in quickly to secure your place.

What’s On @ The Tonsley Pod: 

Pop into the pod for the following sessions:

  • 10.30am-12pm: 'Christmas in a Jar Workshop'
  • 11am-12pm: 'Tonsley Innovation Precinct Walking Tour'
  • 12.15pm-2pm: 'Mindfulness & Relaxation Techniques for a Stress Free Christmas' 

View the event listing detailing the schedule for Thursday 14 December.


What do you want to see at Tonsley?

We want to hear your big ideas to activate the space at Tonsley!

Let us know what you would like to see and how you would like to use the space.

Weekend activities, markets, night-time activities, networking events, information events, family friendly activities? The list is endless!

Using the ‘what makes a great place' concept, we will be focusing on key attributes for place making:

  • Sociability
  • Uses and activities
  • Access and links
  • Comfort and image

Share your big idea with us!

Fill in the form on the Making Marion website to let us know your big ideas!


More about Tonsley

Tonsley Australia’s First Innovation District. Tonsley has been designed to unite progressive individuals, businesses and researchers looking to collaborate, test, build and grow in a flexible and supportive environment.

With a specific focus on the high-value manufacturing sector, Tonsley’s masterplan incorporates collaborative meeting and working spaces providing world-class facilities to help take great new ideas from concept and testing to

Tonsley Innovation District is new, but it has a spirit of entrepreneurialism deep within its roots. Tonsley has been the home of innovation since the 1800s when the Ragless family farmed the site and developed several automated harvesting technologies.

Fifty years ago, Tonsley was a cornerstone of South Australia’s manufacturing industry, the home of Chrysler Australia and later Mitsubishi Motors.

Today, it integrates environmental, social and economic opportunities. There’s a focus on innovation, education, health and collaboration in a quality environment.

Latest News - Sept 2017

  • 112 businesses are operating on site
  • 6,500 students study and train at Tonsley per year (will increase to 8,500 at the completion of the project)
  • The residential development will house 1,200 residents in 850 dwellings
  • Employee numbers on site are higher than at the point of Mitsubishi’s closure in 2008

The Tonsley Innovation District’s four focus sectors reflect South Australia’s economic strengths and opportunities:

  • Health, medical devices and assistive technologies
  • Cleantech and renewable energy
  • Software and simulation
  • Mining and energy services

Health, medical devices and assistive technologies

Health, medical devices and assistive technologies organisations already operating at Tonsley include:

Cleantech and renewable energy

Tonsley is attracting quality innovators in cleantech and renewable energy, including:

Software and simulation

Software and simulation success stories at Tonsley include:

Mining and energy services

Current Mining and Energy Services partners include:

Tonsley’s emerging world-class resources for the mining and energy services sector include:


Further information about Tonsley

Further information about the Tonsley development can be found on the  Tonsley website .


Do you have a query?

If you have any queries about the project, please speak to the Tonsley project team from Renewal SA.

Renewal SA
Site office
Tonsley, South Road, Clovelly Park, SA 5042
Phone: 1300 321 208

City of Marion Contact:
Georgie Johnson
Phone: 8375 6679