The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) is responsible for the management and local governance of the unincorporated areas of South Australia.
The region encompasses 63% of South Australia and is home to approximately 4,500 people who live in a number of small townships and smaller settlements including pastoral, farming and tourism enterprises.
The OCA structure is unique in the Australian context as it performs some functions traditionally undertaken by local government and some which usually fall within the jurisdiction of state governments.
The OCA is funded through both the federal and state governments. In particular, OCA receives Australian Government funding through the South Australian Local Government Grants Commission to provide local government type services.