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

Indigenous Trainer a first for Outback Stores

Remote retailer Outback Stores continues to improve Indigenous training and employment with Alma Ngalmi recently becoming its first qualified Indigenous retail trainer. Alma turned the challenge of not...

Fridges a cool idea in Papunya

The Papunya Store is giving back to the community just in time for the scorching desert summer. The store directors have decided to purchase and deliver 70 new refrigerators, one for each house in the...

Cheaper prices for Papunya Store

Papunya Community Store directors have enlisted the help of remote retail specialists Outback Stores to help improve food affordability and availability. A basket of 10 everyday staple products...