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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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:

Expressions of Interest - Leigh Creek contracts

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) is seeking to enter into contract arrangements for the following:

  • Self-motivated person able to work semi-autonomously to fulfil the role of Town Maintenance Officer
  • Committed and reliable person able to fulfil a cleaning contract

Click here to read more about the contracts and Expression of Interest requirements.



OCA Chair announced as individual finalist in first ever SA Climate Leaders awards

Chair of the Outback Communities Authority (OCA), Ms Cecilia Woolford, has been announced as an individual finalist in the first ever South Australian Climate Leaders awards.

An initiative of the State Government’s key advisory body on climate change matters, the Premier’s Climate Change Council, the awards recognise individuals and organisations for their contribution and achievement in three award categories; individual, industry and business, and community and regions.

'From the Outback to the Battlefront' memorial book launched in Blinman

The Minister for Local Government and Regional Development, the Hon. Geoff Brock MP, launched the Outback Communities Authority’s (OCA) historical record – From the Outback to the Battlefront – in Blinman last week.

From the Outback to the Battlefront documents the service history of Outback South Australian communities who served Australia in the many theatres of battle around the world during the late 19th through to the 21st Century.