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.

Your Outback

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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OCA Board regional trip - Northern Flinders

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) and Board will be travelling to the Northern Flinders Ranges region next Tuesday, 14 March - Thursday, 16 March as part of a regional trip and are keen to hear how they can make a positive difference to life in the Outback.

The OCA is absolutely committed to ensuring that community members have a say, and is making every effort to deliver the infrastructure and services that the Outback community needs most.

OCA celebrates Australia Day honours recipients

The Outback Communities Authority would like to congratulate Outback community members, Jan Ferguson and Sheryl Lewis, recipients in the Australia Day 2017 honours list.

Jan, an OCA Board Member who resides part-time in Beltana, received a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory. Sheryl, of Yunta, was awarded an Ambulance Service Medal for her volunteer service.

Far North and Outback SA Climate Change Adaptation Plan finalised

Regional Development Australia Far North (RDAFN), in conjunction with the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) and South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resource Management, are pleased to announce the completion of the Far North and Outback SA Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

Leigh Creek transition - latest news

31 January 2017

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) took over municipal responsibility for the township of Leigh Creek on 1 January 2017.

Click here to view the latest updates on the transition.

The municipal services within the town that are managed by the OCA include: