Accessibility

Outback Stores work with a number of key partners to ensure fresh fruit and vegetables and kitchen staples are not only affordable but available year-round.

Making fresh food accessible in the outback

Ensuring a wide range of nutritious, safe, affordable, quality food, drink and grocery items are consistently available, is one of our cornerstone objectives.

We work with some of the most remote communities in Australia, in most cases, the closest regional centres are hundreds of kilometres away. The community store is generally the only way to access fresh and healthy options.

Ensuring communities have access to fresh and affordable throws up many challenges, including long distance and perishability of produce, extreme weather: including, heat, drought, cyclones and rainfall. It is not uncommon for stores to be inaccessible by road for weeks or months at times. Stock is flown in by light plane or chopper.

Regardless, all stores receive their fresh fruit and vegetables freight free, meaning that prices are comparable with major centres and larger supermarkets.

Food Accessibility Stories

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...