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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Outback Grants Program 2015-16

Today the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) announced the opening of the First round of Project Grants for 2015-16. The OCA will also continue to encourage requests to fund a wide range of projects aimed at improving the quality of life for the outback region as a whole. The OCA, is encouraging outback communities to come up with interesting ideas that reflect their Community’s unique identity. There is still an opportunity for other projects that provide benefit to outback residents and their wider communities to be considered.

Support for Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback communities

The State Government will provide $1 million in initial support to communities affected by Alinta Energy’s decision to close its power stations in Port Augusta, and its Leigh Creek coal mine as early as March 2016.

Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation Kyam Maher said the State Government has immediately established an Upper Spencer Gulf Community Engagement Team to provide support and advice to the region’s communities, and team members are now on the ground in Leigh Creek and Port Augusta.

“We have also established a 1-800 number (1800 294 446) to provide assistance and advice to Upper Spencer Gulf communities,” Mr Maher said...