OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE, INC.
CHARTER OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Adopted January 28, 2004

1. Purposes of the Committee
The purposes of the Audit Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) Outback Steakhouse, Inc. (the “Company”) are (i) to assist the Board in overseeing (a) the integrity of the financial statements of the Company, (b) the Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (c) the Company’s independent auditor’s qualifications and independence, and (d) the performance of the Company’s internal audit function and independent auditors; (ii) to prepare the report required by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to be included in the Company’s annual proxy statement; (iii) to perform an annual performance review of the Committee; and (iv) to perform the duties and responsibilities of audit committees set forth in Rule 10A-3(b)(2)-(5) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

2. Composition of the Committee
The Committee shall consist of no fewer than three directors. At or before the time required by applicable listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”), each member of the Committee shall meet the independence, financial literacy and experience standards established by NYSE. Each member shall also meet any independence, experience and other requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and the rules and regulations of the SEC. Committee members shall not serve on the audit committee of the board of directors of more than two other public companies.

The members of the Committee will be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Board has the sole authority to remove Committee members and to fill vacancies on the Committee.

3. Meetings and Procedures of the Committee
The Committee will meet at least quarterly with the authority to convene additional meetings, as it deems appropriate. The Board shall designate one member of the Committee as its Chairperson. The Chairperson of the Committee will preside at each meeting and will set the agenda of items to be addressed at each meeting. In setting the agenda, the Chairperson may consult with other members of the Committee and is encouraged to consult with the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. The Chairperson of the Committee shall ensure that the agenda for each meeting is circulated to each Committee member in advance of the meeting. The Chairperson of the Committee or a majority of the members of the Committee may call special meetings of the Committee. The Committee may form subcommittees of not fewer than two members for any purpose that the Committee deems appropriate and may delegate to such subcommittees such power and authority as the Committee deems appropriate.

The Committee may request that any directors, officers or employees of the Company, or other persons whose advice and counsel are sought by the Committee, attend any meeting of the Committee to provide such information as the Committee requests.
The Committee may meet in executive session outside the presence of the Company’s executive officers.

4. Committee Authority and Responsibilities
The Committee has the following authority and responsibilities:

(a) Approval of Services. The Committee has the sole authority to engage and, when appropriate, replace, the Company’s independent auditor. The Committee is directly responsible for the compensation and oversight of the work of the independent auditor (including resolution of disagreements between management and the auditor regarding financial reporting) for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or related work or performing other audit, review or attestation services for the Company. The Committee must preapprove all auditing services and permitted non-audit services (including the fees and terms thereof) to be performed for the Company by its independent auditor.

(b) Review and Discussion Items. The Committee shall review and discuss:

(c) Reports. The Committee shall report regularly to the full board with respect to actions taken and matters discussed by the Committee, including any items that arise with respect to the quality or integrity of the Company’s financial statements, the Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the performance and independence of the Company’s independent auditors, and the performance of the internal audit function. The Committee shall report annually to the full Board with respect to the Committee’s evaluation of this Charter and the Committee’s performance thereunder. The Committee shall be responsible for the preparation of the reports required to be included in the Company’s annual proxy statement with respect to financial and accounting matters and Committee actions, and such other reports with respect to those matters as are required by applicable law, applicable rules of the SEC or applicable NYSE or other listing standards.

(d) Hiring and Complaint Processing Policies and Procedures. The Committee shall establish (a) policies for the Company’s hiring of employees or former employees of the independent auditors who have participated in the audit of the Company, and (b) procedures for (i) the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding accounting, internal accounting controls and auditing matters, and (ii) the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of the Company of concerns regarding accounting or auditing matters.

(e) Other Authority and Responsibilities; Limitation. The Committee will have such additional authority and responsibilities as may be granted to or imposed on audit committees from time to time by applicable law, SEC rules and NYSE or other listing standards, and shall discharge all of its authority and responsibilities in accordance with all applicable law, SEC rules and NYSE or other listing standards. The Committee may conduct or authorize the conduct of such investigations within the scope of its authority and responsibilities as it considers appropriate, and may retain, at the Company’s expense, such legal, accounting or other advisers as the Committee considers necessary or advisable for the full and faithful execution thereof.

In discharging its responsibilities, the Committee is not responsible for the planning or conduct of audits or for any determination that the Company’s financial statements are complete and accurate or in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and applicable rules and regulations. These matters are the responsibility of management and the independent auditor.

(f) Access to Records. The Committee is entitled to full access to all books, records, facilities and personnel of the Company for the purpose of executing its authority and responsibilities.