Premier Steven Marshall will put forward South Australia’s bid to attract thousands of Qantas jobs to the state as the airline moves to carry out a restructure.

The national carrier has announced that between 6,000 and 7,000 jobs will be up for grabs, as the company reviews the location of its head office and other key parts of the business.

At the moment, the airline’s head office is located in Sydney, while its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar is headquartered in Melbourne.

Like many airlines, Qantas took a massive financial blow at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, shedding 6,000 staff in June before announcing another 2,500 potential job cuts last month.

In its restructure, Qantas is pitting Australian states against each other, setting up an effective bidding war between potential suitors.

Premier Steven Marshall has confirmed that the state government has been in talks with the airline.

The airline currently employs around 900 people in Adelaide.


Qantas’s review into its restructure is expected to take up to three months with relocations likely to be staggered over months or years.