South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has gone to Perth to try to lure mining companies east.
He has been involved in a series of meetings with companies including Rio Tinto and Shell.
Mr Weatherill said he was keen to get more resources companies to base their operations in SA.
"We're trying to attract the mining services companies to use South Australia as a base, a hub for providing mining services for around the nation," he said.
"It's beginning to happen but we think that there is an ideal location here in South Australia to service the whole of the mining industry, not just around Australia but around the world." The SA Premier said the mining industry continued to grow, despite BHP Billiton's decision to defer expansion plans for its Olympic Dam mine in the outback, due to the economic climate.
"What is happening because of the BHP deferral, it's actually causing a large number of smaller players to realise that there is spare capacity here in South Australia," he said.