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Everybody’s Business: Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Community Stores

6 November 2009

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009
ISBN 978-0-642-79252-5 (Printed version)
ISBN 978-0-642-79253-2 (HTML version)

View the report as a single document - (PDF 2094KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Preliminary Pages (PDF 130KB)

Membership of the Committee
Committee Secretariat
Terms of reference
List of recommendations

Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 67KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 Remote Indigenous community stores—more than a shop (PDF 124KB)

More than a shop
Extending business opportunities of the store
Store manager’s role
Store models
Community owned
Government owned
Privately owned
Committee comment

Chapter 3 Healthy stores, healthy communities (PDF 246KB)

Health status of Indigenous people living in remote communities
Dietary change and current food preferences
Link between poor nutrition and health
Government initiatives on closing the gap in health
Stores—balancing the economic and health benefits
Influence of store managers
Health and nutrition education
Indigenous health workers
Developing healthy store policies
RIST resources
Monitoring and evaluating health initiatives
Committee comment
Employment and training opportunities
Committee comment

Chapter 4 Fresh food access and supply (PDF 184KB)

The tyranny of distance
Purchasing and supply models
Regional coordination models
Group purchasing models
Committee comment
Other supply models
Committee comment
Store infrastructure
Committee comment
Supplementing nutrition with local supply
Committee comment

Chapter 5 Cost of living in remote Indigenous communities—the price of health (PDF 229KB)

Cost of living
Committee comment
Higher costs
Freight—how much does it cost?
Freight in the Torres Strait
Committee comment
Improvements to freight coordination
Committee comment
High fuel prices
Book up
Committee comment
Housing and food preparation
Committee comment
Cooking lessons
Committee comment
Healthy and affordable takeaways
Committee comment

Chapter 6 Regulating for governance (PDF 202KB)

Good store governance in a remote economy
The role of store committees
Obstacles to governance
Distortion of market power
Cultural obligations and stores
Committee comment
Regulatory frameworks for store governance
Jurisdiction and non-compliance issues
Committee comment
Proposal for a national registration framework
Committee comment
Governance training and support
Committee conclusions

Chapter 7 Future of remote community stores (PDF 208KB)

The national licensing proposal
NTER store licensing definitions and requirements
Evaluations and assessments of licensing
Committee comment
The licensing process
Non-standard models
A licence for health
Committee comment
An assessment of Outback Stores
The findings
Committee comment

Appendix A: Committee visits to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities (PDF 85KB)

Torres Strait Islands
Waiben (Thursday) Island
Badu (Mulgrave) Island
Masig (Yorke) Island
Mer (Murray) Island
Cape York communities
Northern Peninsular Area (NPA) communities
Bamaga and surrounding area
Umagico Alau, New Mapoon and Seisia stores
Central Desert communities
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
Kaltjiti (Fregon)
Arnhem Land
North East Arnhem Land
Goulburn Island (Warruwi)

Appendix B: Submissions (PDF 42KB)
Appendix C: Public hearings (PDF 96KB)
Appendix D: Exhibits (PDF 66KB)

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