Broadband for the Bush Alliance


The Broadband for the Bush Alliance (B4BA) hosts an annual forum to address the issues of Internet connectivity in regional, rural and remote Australia.

In 2017, the Alliance is hosting the Broadband for the Bush Forum VI: Remote Connected and Savvy! at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle WA, Marine Terrace & Essex St, Fremantle WA 6160.

It begins with an invite-only Indigenous Focus Day on June 21, 2017, followed by the Main Forum on  22-23 June 2017.

We welcome sponsors, speakers and delegates to this page  and website. Delegates please register now and check our the accommodation options and local information. Check out the  Featured Speaker of the week and the program information.

Quick Menu: Introduction, Sponsors, Sponsorship Information, Speakers Hub, Indigenous Focus Day,   Registration – delegate info,    Program

Contacts:  0418750236,  0414813491

Registration now open. Speakers have been sent a code to use at registration.  Sponsors have been sent a code to register  as well.

Eventbrite - Broadband for the Bush Forum VI

Forum News

Stop Press:

As sessions are conducted and speakers hand in presentations, we will endeavour to put low res pdf’s of their files on the website under the program. A speakers presentation will be found under their name in the timetable.

The Indigenous Focus Day Program Book is available for download now.  Note: this download is 5mb.

Also check the Indigenous Focus Day Program pages.

The Program Book is now available (6MB Graphic reduced pdf).  You can also check the Program pages.

We will give you both programs when you arrive.


Other news

Hugh Bradlow. Telstra Futurist. Keynote.

We are delighted to announce our Keynote Speakers. Sponsored by Telstra Australia, our forum will be inspired by Professor Hugh Bradlow, Telstra Chief Scientist, a Futurist with a global reputation.

Professor Hugh S. Bradlow is President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, and Chief Scientist at Telstra Corporation. In the latter role he acts as a “forward scout” looking at the longer term technology directions and technology disruption that will impact Telstra and its customers.

Prior to becoming Chief Scientist he was Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation at Telstra, responsible for the introduction of new technologies into Telstra’s business.


Exciting displays

The speakers submissions are in and we have a great program for you. Check out the exciting session planned by Geoff Trowbridge of Scientific Aerospace about the impact of using drone technology. He is one of 60 great speakers.

Check out the program.




Your Program

Presentations with facilitated discussion organised by themes. We have provided lists of speakers by themes as their sessions are designed.

Program 2017


Our sponsors

Thank you so so much to the Sponsors who make Broadband for the Bush VI possible.

Principal Sponsor – WA Government- Department of Commerce, Labour Relations and Industry Development


Silver Sponsor – Telstra Australia – Sponsorship of the Main Keynote plus Sponsorship of the Indigenous Focus Day

Silver Sponsor – CSIRO – Sponsorshop of the Telehealth Workshop


Bronze Sponsors

  • Vodafone
  • Ursys
  • Facebook
  • Desert Knowledge Australia
  • Encapto Wi-fi
  • InfoXchange
  • Active8me
  • Optus

Special Supporters

The Board of the Broadband for the Bush Alliance would like to thank

Lotterywest for their support in assisting a number of Western Australian Attendees to attend the forum

Northern Institute for its support

IRCA for its services and staff

Leigh Harris, ingeous studios for his graphic design skills and generous use of his time and advice




Cohosts: Indigenous Focus Day

  • IRCA



 About the Alliance

The Broadband for the Bush Alliance (B4BA) is an alliance of organisations that seeks to advance the digital capacity and capability of remote Australians. B4BA seeks the best possible communication outcomes for  Australians not currently scheduled to receive fibre to the premise through the National Broadband Network and to advance unmet communication needs, as a significant related issue.

The key focus of the Alliance is:

Fast and reliable Internet for Remote and Rural Australia is a goal.

  1. The expansion of mobile coverage
  2. Getting digital infrastructure right – both the rational use of existing infrastructure and expanding infrastructure
  3. Smart last mile solutions for small towns and communities
  4. Affordable pricing for telecommunications
  5. Improved digital literacy
  6. Good research to underpin remote communications policy
  7. Improving Indigenous communications programs