Central point for information about the remote communities of the Northern Territory, their people and cultural and historical influences.


BushTel is named after the famous Bush Telegraph, the unofficial chain of communication through which news, information and rumours were spread throughout the country. The term became synonymous with the quick carriage of any tale worth telling.

Key information

Northern Territory Government
Originally launched 1990, most recent revision 2015

The BushTel website was launched in 1990 as part of the Northern Territory Government’s initiative to provide information on remote communities including social, cultural and statistical information that would assist and improve access to information in achieving remote community outcomes.

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