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The CBAA champions community broadcasting by building stations' capability and creating a healthy environment for the sector to thrive.

About CBAA

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The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) champions community broadcasting by building stations’ capability and by creating a healthy environment for the sector to thrive. 

Community broadcasting is a vital part of the Australian media landscape. The 450+ radio services broadcasting across Australia play an important role in providing a voice for communities that aren’t adequately serviced by other broadcasting sectors. These include:

  • Indigenous Australians
  • Ethnic communities
  • Educational services
  • Religious communities
  • Print disabled communities
  • Music, arts and cultural services
  • Youth and seniors’ communities

These community broadcasting services:

  • Provide a diverse range of viewpoints that enrich the social and cultural fabric of Australian society and contribute to public interest outcomes
  • Promote the identities of local communities and contribute to social inclusion
  • Provide opportunities for participation in free-to-air public broadcasting and content production
  • Contribute to media diversity
  • Generate a high level of local content
  • Provide a unique range of services and programs

The CBAA works hard to maintain very high levels of member satisfaction. In 2015, 74% of stations report that they are satisfied/extremely satisfied with the CBAA, compared to an average of 58% in other Industry Bodies. Results are consistent across small and large, rural, regional and metropolitan stations, with all categories of stations in all locations reporting high levels of satisfaction.

Our History

Born from the desire to establish support for radio services run by independent, non-commercial community groups, the CBAA (initially the PBAA, with the P standing for Public) was formed by a small group of enthusiastic radio makers at a conference in Sydney in 1974, and has expanded every year since.

Created to give a voice to those otherwise not heard on air, the CBAA has always prided itself on maintaining a diverse sector, supported by volunteers and community-minded individuals.

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Organisational Structure

The CBAA is a not for profit cultural organisation established for the promotion of community broadcasting including both radio and television. 

The CBAA is a company limited by guarantee and is registered as a charitable institution. The CBAA accepts donations. Its details can be found on the ACNC Charity register.

Membership

At present, the CBAA has over 290 member stations actively broadcasting nationwide. The CBAA's members includes 85% of Australia's permanently licensed community radio stations.

Governance and Management

As governing body of the CBAA, the Board provides oversight within the framework of relevant legislation (including the Corporations Act) and the CBAA Constitution.

The responsibilities of the Board include setting and reviewing the CBAA strategic direction, monitoring organisational performance, appointing the General Manager, and deciding on key policy positions to take on behalf of the community broadcasting sector.

The Board consists of up to eight directors. 

The CBAA has offices in Sydney and Melbourne and its team of staff is led by General Manager Jon Bisset. Jon has over 20 years experience  with some of Australia’s finest non-profit organisations covering professional services, health and ageing, business events, sport, media, technology, fundraising, and association management.

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To find out more about the CBAA, download the PDF icon organisation's full profile.pdf.