About the CBAA

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) is the national peak body for community radio stations. The CBAA provides leadership and support for our members to facilitate independent broadcasting services and to build and strengthen local communities.

The CBAA strives to be a flexible, forward thinking, diverse, vibrant and effective representative organisation, focused on developing strong communities through local, diverse and accessible broadcasting.

The CBAA undertakes many activities, including:
  • Member services & advice
  • Policy formation
  • Government and regulatory liaison
  • Audience & sector research
  • Program and music distribution
  • Audio production
  • Sector training
  • Sector communications: CBX magazine and e-newsletters.

As the national representative organisation for community stations, it is the aim of the CBAA to remain responsive by providing quality membership services and by maintaining strong communication with and among our diverse members and stakeholders.

CBAA members include fully licensed stations as well as groups aspiring to hold a permanent broadcast licence. At present the CBAA has over 270 member stations who are actively broadcasting nationwide. CBAA membership is not restricted to stations; other organisations and individuals who support the development of community broadcasting can also join as affiliate members.
The CBAA aims to:
  • Promote the values of the community broadcasting sector through practical actions
  • Build station capacity by providing quality advice, support and services to members
  • Advance the interests of the sector through policy leadership, advocacy and public campaigns
  • Enhance our communications strategies to raise awareness and knowledge of the sector
  • Increase organisational capacity to reflect best practice and facilitate sustainable growth.

For more information on the CBAA and its services, please read our organisation profile.

The CBAA Constitution

As per the Constitution, the CBAA (hereafter referred to as the Company) is a cultural organisation established for the promotion of community broadcasting including both radio and television. The Company will achieve this Object by:

3.1 supporting the development of community broadcasting in Australia;
3.2 promoting community participation in radio and television by:
(a) supporting the principle that community broadcasting should be controlled and operated at a local level by autonomous bodies; and
(b) promoting the principles of independence in programming, diversity of output, access to broadcasting by the community, the widest representation of viewpoints to give the fullest expression to the aspirations and culture of the Australian people, diversity in the organisation and structure of broadcasting and co-operation between community broadcasters; and
3.3 promoting community radio and television, by supporting community broadcasters
in the following ways:
(a) providing a range of services to Members and other relevant organisations including information, legal, financial, technical, programming and staff training services;
(b) co-ordinating on a national level the efforts of Members and other relevant organisations having similar aims and objects;
(c) undertaking research on behalf of the community broadcasting sector;
(d) providing infrastructure and technology support services to the community broadcasting sector including transmission and content delivery infrastructure; and
(e) representing Members both nationally and internationally to government and other bodies;
3.4 enabling the promotion of the various arts which are promoted through community 
radio and television including music, performing arts, community art, film, visual arts
and Aboriginal art;
3.5 encouraging the promotion and distribution of Australian music through The 
Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) or any similar project;
3.6 promoting the creation and distribution of radio programmes through the 
Community Radio Network, including news, talk, music and entertainment 
programmes; and;
3.7 anything ancillary to the Objects referred to in clauses 3.1 to 3.6 of the Constitution.