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...

Sugar Reduction at Wirrimanu

Outback Stores has been working with the Wirrimanu Aboriginal Corporation on a range of strategies over the last 12 months to reduce sugary drinks....