Welcome to the Outback Communities Authority

Outback South Australia is big, about 625,000 square kilometres or about 63% of the State. For comparison, this is an area as big as France and 2½ times bigger than the United Kingdom. But it’s home to only about 4,500 people.

Its size makes the idea of traditional ‘local government’ impracticable so the OCA model is a hybrid between local government and community self-management by the 4,500 people who make it their home.

The OCA represents - and advocates for - the interests of these people and their families.

The OCA’s goal is to support the many outback communities who want to take control of their own future. For example, the OCA helps with the provision of water supplies, or invests in ‘municipal’ services like waste collection and town maintenance. We maintain a network of outback UHF radio repeater towers and a constructed network of outback airstrips to provide near all-weather 24 hour emergency access, and a lot of public toilets.

Our board is representative of the outback communities. We think outside the square. That’s why the OCA is prepared to go out and find alternate investment programs and technologies, or sponsor unique and historical outback events.

Our role is to support outback communities to achieve their goals.

In formal terms, the OCA was established by the Outback Communities (Administration and Management) Act 2009 to manage the provision of, and promote improvements in, public services and facilities for outback communities. It also has a responsibility to articulate the views, interests and aspirations of these communities.

The OCA replaced the Outback Areas Community Development Trust, established in 1978, which provided limited services to those parts of South Australia not formally within a local government area.

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Thank you to the Innamincka Hotel for this amazing photo of sunset in Innamincka with the Cooper Creek on the rise for the second time in March 2020.

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Nomination for Membership

Published 14/8/2017

Nominations are sought for membership of the Outback Communities Authority, a statutory body established to articulate the views, interests and aspirations of outback communities and to coordinate the provision of, and promote improvements in, public services and facilities in outback communities.

Leigh Creek to welcome international pilot training trial

International students will soon learn to fly in Leigh Creek's clear skies as part of a trial by Parafield Airport-based pilot training school, Flight Training Adelaide (FTA).

Outback Communities Authority (OCA) Chair, Cecilia Woolford, said "the Leigh Creek Airport is a remarkable facility which is admired by all who visit, and we will continue to seize these opportunities, bringing new money into the region and adding to the vibrancy of the community".

Beltana Community seeking Expressions of Interest for Racecourse operator

The Beltana Community is seeking Expressions of Interest for a racecourse operator.

Beltana is a State Heritage listed town located 530 kilometres north of Adelaide in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. The Beltana Racecourse is located on the main highway, 12 kilometres from the town, and is an asset of the Beltana Progress Association.

OCA launches second memorial book, From the Outback they Came, in Farina

The OCA was in Farina recently to launch its second historical record, From the Outback they Came: Stories from the Outback to the Battlefront, with historian John Mannion

The launch was held in conjunction with a ceremony to honour the late Lieutenant John Bell from Farina who died in action on 18 June 1940.