Outback Stores works towards improving the health and employment of Indigenous Australians. This directly relates to three of the Australian Government’s Closing the Gap targets. These are:
Close the gap in life expectancy within a generation.
Outback Stores is committed to providing access to good quality food at an affordable price, leading to better health outcomes for current and future generations. Having access to a broad range of fresh fruit and vegetables not only improves the quality of life, but studies consistently show that diets plentiful in fruits and vegetables help people maintain a healthy weight and protect against cardiovascular disease. This would directly impact closing the gap in life expectancy within a generation.
Halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade.
We work with a number of stores, communities, schools, health care providers and non-government organisations, to promote healthy food and drink choices at a young age. We assist in providing education to help increase community awareness and knowledge about health and nutrition, specifically to make healthy choices easier. Stores have a healthy food policy in place with the goals of reducing the sales of sugary drinks, increasing the sales of fruit and vegetables and increasing healthy takeaway options. Investing in such activities supports community members to make good informed decisions for their young families and helps young children understand healthier options in life.
Halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Our focus on providing employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians since 2006 has been one of our cornerstone objectives. At 30th of June 2020, we had 219 Indigenous staff employed in OBS managed stores. Outback Stores is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), offering nationally recognised qualifications in retail services. This opportunity allows Indigenous Australians to gain accredited qualifications and opens doors for a range of new employment opportunities.