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.

Improving Safety for the Livestock Industry Report Released

Today the Chair of the Outback Communities Authority (OCA), Cecilia Woolford, in partnership with the Chair of Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North) jointly launched the Multispecies Livestock Transhipping Hub: Improving safety, efficiency and profitability in the Australian Livestock Industry report.

The Report's scope looked at the potential establishment of a multispecies transhipping hub in Port Augusta and specifically addressed:

1. Determined the immediate, medium and long term economic benefit for the follwoing areas:

Community input sought on strategic direction for the Outback in 2018-19

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) has commenced consultation on the following documents and is seeking input from those with an interest in the Outback:

Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2018-19

Draft 2018-19 Community Affairs Resourcing and Management Agreement & Community Contribution Scheme - Andamooka

State Government commits $90 million to sealing Strzelecki Track

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Last night, Premier Jay Weatherill announced a $90 million commitment toward the sealing of the Strzelecki Track in the northeast, if re-elected (click here for full media release).

The nation-building project will cost $450 million and will deliver significant benefits for the Outback region and beyond.