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.

Consultation now open for Andamooka and Iron Knob

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) has drafted the 2019-20 Community Affairs Resourcing and Management (CARM) Agreements, (including a Community Contribution Scheme) for the Andamooka and Iron Knob areas for consultation.

Click here for more information.

Click here for the draft 2019-20 Community Affairs Resourcing and Management Agreement & Community Contribution Scheme - Andamooka

Remote Polling for the 2019 Federal Election

Voting teams for the 2019 Federal Election will be visiting communities in the Division of Grey.

Locations and times for North and Eastern communities provided here and Western communities here.

Community Input Sought on Strategic Direction for the Outback in 2019-20

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) is about to commence consultation on its draft Business Plan and Budget for 2019-20 and is seeking input from those with an interest in the Outback.

Click here for more information or here to view the draft 2019-20 Business Plan and Budget.

OCA Reports on the State of the Outback

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) has today published its inaugural State of the Outback Report. The State of the Outback Report, produced annually, highlights key statistical data and its trends over time.

The presiding member of the OCA, Ms Cecilia Woolford, said The State of the Outback Report delivers on one of the key objectives of the OCA’s Strategic Management Plan 2015-20.

Click here for The State of the Outback Report.