Broadband for the Bush Alliance Forum VI

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. 

Stop Press

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 (pdf).  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.

Other news

Hugh Bradlow. Telstra Futurist. Keynote.

Thankyou so much to our many keynotes who volunteered additional time to bring us new messgaes and reports.  Sponsored by Telstra Australia, our forum was  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.

Keynotes presentations and descriptions.

Exciting displays

The speakers submissions were of high standard and we encourage you to check out the program listings. We had a glimpse of some new innovations.  Check out the exciting session  by Geoff Trowbridge of Scientific Aerospace about the impact of using drone technology. He was 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

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.

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.

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




Please note: Broadband for the Bush Alliance is no longer active since 2019. This legacy site is being retained for historic and research purposes
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