How We Operate

The Outback Stores structured approach to providing enduring value and improving the local economy of remote communities.

A shared vision and values

Outback Stores is a wholly owned Commonwealth company and is currently under the Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio.

The company emerged in 2006 from a need to improve the health of Indigenous people in remote Australia by addressing nutrition-related health problems, unreliable food supplies, stores closing because of poor management and build-up of debt. Read The Ministers Expectations  and Outback Stores Statement of Intent.

Outback Stores provide a fee for service management contract that includes:

  • Supporting remote communities who require food security
  • Underpinning financially unviable stores to remain open
  • Deliver positive social outcomes whilst maintaining strong commercial principles
  • Presentation of financial reporting regularly to communities
  • Return any profits to the community
  • Supported by funding from the Australian Government

Stories from Outback Stores

Managing the 2016-17 Wet Season

Twelve community stores were adversely affected by flooding and road closures in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The Nitjpurru Community...