2017 Forum

Broadband for the Bush Forum VI

Department of Commerce, WA Govt. Principal Sponsor

Indigenous Focus Day   21 June 2017
Broadband for the Bush Forum 22-23 June 2017

Rydges Esplanade Hotel Fremantle Perth WA.

The Broadband for the Bush Alliance (B4BA) hosts an annual forum to address the issues of Internet connectivity in regional, rural and remote Australia. The 2017 forum is now concluded but the work has not. We offer this archive of the 2017 forum, until we post about the next great event by the Alliance.

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

We welcomed sponsors, speakers and delegates to this page  and website. Delegates were able to  register online and were offered special accommodation options and local information. We had a Featured Speaker of the week and other program information. 

Contacts: forum@broadbandforthebush.com.au

Forum News

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.  You can also check the Program pages.

Thankyou to our sponsors

The sponsorship support in 2017 was awesome. For sponsors, the Forum was a great success and the discussions and outcomes will guide everybody that was there, for a long time. It was quite remarkable how the conversations shaped people’s resolutions for action. The great thing about the forum is that sponsors become colleagues and contribute to the conversations too, as major players in the common quest of digital inclusion and better broadband.  The contribution you guys make financially is always valued, but so too is the support for the cause. You do it over many years and that is important and valued. We look forward to talking to you soon about your involvement in future events.

Thanks to all sponsors.


The program is available online. We had keynotes.

  • Professor Hugh Bradlow, FTSE, Chief Scientist Telstra (Pictured)
  • Tim Kelsey, Chief Executive, The Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Charles Thomas, National Farmers Federation
  • Mia Garlick, Director of Policy for Australia & New Zealand/ APAC Regional Co-ordinator, Facebook Australia
  • Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications


The Indigenous Focus DayCAT Mobile phone hotspot

Indigenous voices about local experience have a space to share, listen and set agendas for local people. This facilitated day recognises Indigenous strengths, knowledge and experience and provides opportunities for talk, setting agendas and questions.

Our program is available and reports for the event have been posted.

Main Forum

The varied membership of Broadband for the Bush include rural and remote families, organisations, service providers and Government. The main forum provided a platform for professional discussion, sharing of information and data, and an opportunity to look ahead.

Increasingly at this forum, we blend cultural, social, educational, business and technical agendas. We use this network’s strengths to view agendas holistically and make practical decisions.

How can you or your organisation set agendas, contribute to debates and share your experience? Be ready to speak out at future forums about ideas you have.


Principal Sponsor: Department of Commerce, WA Government

Silver Sponsors: Telstra Australia, CSIRO

Bronze Sponsors: Desert Knowledge Australia, Encapto Wifi, Facebook, InfoXchange, Vodafone, URSYS, Active8me, Optus

Indigenous Focus Day Hosts: IRCA and ACCAN

 Other supporters: LotteryWest and Northern Institute, CDU.