Our Partners


As the peak body for the community broadcasting sector, the CBAA prides itself on maintaining meaningful partnerships and collaborations within the Australian media landscape.

The CBAA are always on the look out for new engagements, whether it be with prospective sponsors, product partners, funders, other media agencies or government bodies.

The CBAA is interested in new ways to innovate and build capability across the sector. Contact the CBAA for further information about partnering with our organisation.

Our Funding Partners
Major Partners   

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications provides an environment in which all Australians can access and benefit from communications services, creative experiences and culture. The Department provides roughly $20.1m per annum to the Community Broadcasting Foundation to develop and support community broadcasting. 

The Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) is a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Federal Government to support Australian community media. Each year the CBAA receives approximately $8 million to help broadcasting organisations across Australia tell vital local stories.


The Judith Neilson Institute (JNI) supports grants and education programs globally to equip journalists with the resources they need to produce outstanding work. JNI is a major partner with the CBAA investing in high-quality storytelling projects with support for community radio nationally, including the sustainability of local broadcast journalism and news gathering. Projects supported include ‘Community Radio and Emergency Broadcasting’ and the award-winning From The Embers podcast, as well as subsidising the National Radio News through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Organ and Tissue Authority’s mission is to encourage Australians to register as organ and tissue donors. For the annual ‘DonateLife Week’ campaign, the CBAA promotes ‘The Great Registration Race’ to grow awareness of organ and tissue donation with young Australians (16-25) in diverse and hard-to-reach communities. The CBAA works in conjunction with a large network of youth broadcasters to foster trustworthy, relatable and engaging information about donation at large.

Creative Victoria is the State Government body dedicated to supporting, championing and growing the arts and creative industries. The CBAA is partnering with Creative Victoria to deliver a new initiative, Community Radio on Tour, in collaboration with the CBAA’s Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap). The project aims to help reinvigorate live music in regional and outer suburban Victoria by utilising community radio’s knowledge of local music.


The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation is Australia’s largest independent community foundation. Its mission and purpose is to respond to social, economic, educational, environmental and other charitable needs of the community, for benefit of the public. Through funding from the Foundation, CBAA is working with researchers at Griffith University, to increase confidence and build capacity for community broadcasters to have meaningful conversations about climate change with their local audience. The project aims to support community adaptation towards a sustainable future.


The Department of Health’s National Suicide Prevention and Leadership Campaign has, since 2017, funded the CBAA’s national Community Broadcasting Suicide Prevention Project, which delivers core activities and broadcast content, through the national Community Radio Network, designed to raise awareness of suicide prevention services, link people to help-seeking avenues, and build community capacity to support those at risk.

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, in 2019, enabled the establishment of First Sounds, a unique collaborative undertaking broadening the reach of Indigenous heritage, history and culture and supporting the burgeoning First Nations music industry. A partnership between CBAA and First Nations Media Australia (FNMA), and their IndigiTUBE platform, extends audiences for First Nations music across Australia.

Ecstra is a not-for-profit organisation committed to building the financial capability and wellbeing of all Australians within a fair financial system. The Ecstra Foundation Recovery Grant enabled the CBAA to produce a new consumer affairs radio show, aired on the Community Radio Network, and a shareable podcast. The project provides Australian consumers up to date information on how COVID-19 might affect them, equipping them with the support and access to resources they need to make confident money decisions for their financial future.

The CBAA partners with the Federal Government’s Department of Veteran Affairs on specific programs to produce and deliver key targeted campaigns utilising visual and broadcast content. In collaboration with Service Voices in Adelaide, the CBAA have delivered content through the ‘Supporting Young Veterans’ and ‘Saluting Their Service’ programs.


The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP), administered through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), funds the CBAA’s pilot project ‘Australia Songs and Stories Abroad’, promoting emerging and diverse Australian music internationally. Collaborating with US-based Australian Music Alliance (AMA) and LA radio station KCRW, the CBAA distributes a weekly radio series Global Beat: Australia, featuring contemporary musicians from across Australia, aiming to cultivate stronger international connections between industries.

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Google supports and partners with the CBAA through Google initiatives. The CBAA was a recipient of funding from Google through their News Innovation Challenge - Google's global effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age. CBAA also received funding through The Google News ‘Journalism Relief Fund’ during the 2020 COVID-19 period. 

McNair McNair yellowSquares are a full service research firm specialising in research amongst difficult to reach communities or markets including children and teenagers; farmers; small and medium enterprise owners; C-Suite, as well as research about communications, product and concept testing, social, medical and health. McNair yellowSquares is the main provider of listener research for the broadcasting sector.
Paul Ramsay Foundation

The Paul Ramsay Foundation partners with individuals, communities and organisations to achieve lasting change. The Foundation invests in partner projects and provides intensive support to ensure success. The Foundation partnered with the CBAA (and JNI) to produce and broadcast (via the Community Radio Network) the award-winning From The Embers, a nine-part audio documentary series responding to the unprecedented magnitude of the 2019/20 summer bushfires.

Charles Sturt University partners with CBAA to produce the National Radio News (NRN) service. NRN is the national news service for the community broadcasting sector, with bulletins produced from a newsroom on the Bathurst campus of Charles Sturt University.




Multicultural NSW promotes community harmony and social cohesion in one of the most culturally diverse states in the world.

The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) is Australia's national independent regulator for online safety. eSafety leads and coordinates online safety efforts across Commonwealth departments, authorities and agencies, and we engage with key online safety stakeholders internationally, to amplify our impact across borders.
                Minderoo Foundation is a modern philanthropic organisation. They take on tough, persistent issues with the potential to drive massive change. They incubate ideas and accelerate impact. 
Monash University is a public research university based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Griffith Uni ranks in the top two percent of universities globally with 50,000 students spanning six campuses in South East Queensland, Australia.
Industry Partners
Major Partners  
APRA AMCOS logo APRA AMCOS consists of Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society, both copyright management organisations or copyright collectives which jointly represent over 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in Australia and New Zealand. APRA AMCOS’s funding for the CBAA, supports the operational costs of the Community Radio Network (CRN) in distributing high-quality community radio programming featuring high airplay of Australian music.
                Spots and Space is the national media sales partner for Australia’s leading culturally and linguistically diverse media. They connect advertisers with ethnic, indigenous, community and other specialist media by providing a single point of contact for advertisers, and their media agencies, and are endorsed by the CBAA.
            PPCA is a non-profit organisation that provides licences to Australian businesses to play recorded music in public. The net fees are distributed to record labels & registered Australian artists who create the recordings so they can continue to make music for us all to enjoy.
               iHeartRadio iHeartRadio is a free, all-in-one digital radio service that lets people listen to their favourite Australian radio network live stations, create commercial-free, custom stations’ and find the best audiocasts to create their own daily custom talk show.
CMTO logo The Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) is a registered training organisation which delivers management and media training. CMTO specialises in developing and delivering courses in broadcast and production, as well as training for managers and board members of community radio stations.
First Nations Media

First Nations Media Australia is the peak body for First Nations not-for-profit broadcasting, media and communications. Founded in 2001 as the peak body for remote Indigenous media and communications, in 2016/17 FNMA undertook a structural change and expanded its membership and role to become the national peak body.


All in Media are a world leader in smartphone apps for radio stations and visual radio broadcast systems. The CBAA is partnering with AIM to develop an industry app - a one-stop shop for all things community radio.
Triton Digital is the largest global technology and services provider to the digital audio industry. Their innovative technology is designed to help broadcasters, podcasters, and music services streamline their operations, build their online audience, and maximize their online revenue.

Omny Studio is Triton Digital’s enterprise podcast management platform, delivering the industry’s leading content creation, hosting, editing, distribution, promotion, monetization, and analytics tools to publishers. 


Commercial Partners
AFTRS The Australian Film Television and Radio School is Australia's national screen arts and broadcast school. The school is an Australian Commonwealth government statutory authority. It is a member of Arts8, the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence.