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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OCA secures $199,075 in funding from the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Fund

The Minister for Regional Development, Geoff Brock, today announced that the OCA was successful in securing $199,075 from the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Fund. With further contributions from the OCA and community Progress Associations, this grant will improve functionality and aesthetics for both residents and visitors to Outback South Australia. Funding will be distributed across nine outback communities:

OCA Board welcomes a new Member

The Outback Communities Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of one new board member, Mr Mark Fennell of Lambina Station, located around 70 kilometres from Marla in the Far North. Mark owns a pastoral contracting business and is respected for his practical understanding of remote service operations. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in water management, the provision of power and road maintenance.

Nuclear Community Consultation Program

The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission was established so that Government and the community could be provided with a solid evidence base about the State’s further involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle.

Following the release of the Royal Commission’s report on Monday, 9 May 2016, the Premier announced a state-wide consultation process encouraging all South Australians to carefully consider the evidence presented, understand the choices and provide their views.

Outback Communities Authority to oversee town management of Leigh Creek

The State Government announced on Monday 6 June that it is continuing negotiations with Alinta Energy for the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) to take over operational management of Leigh Creek from 1 January 2017.

The announcement follows the State Government’s decision to continue the provision of essential services beyond mid-2018 with support for Leigh Creek to remain ‘open for business’ into the future.