• The Sax Institute was commissioned by Aboriginal Affairs NSW to assess the severity of food insecurity among Aboriginal communities in NSW.

    This report used the internationally recognised 18-point United States Department of Agriculture Household Food Security Survey Module adapted to suit the context and culture of the participating urban, regional, and remote communities. The survey was administered by trusted local Aboriginal research officers at partner organisations, the Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation in Airds, Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation in Wagga Wagga, and Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Health Service and Maranguka Community Hub in Bourke.

    While the findings aren’t fully representative, they reveal high levels of food insecurity in all locations, challenging the notion that food insecurity is limited to remote areas. The report also addresses COVID-19’s impact and offers guidance based on the results.