2019 in Review

Katrina Hughes, 31st December 2019
With 2019 coming to a close, the CBAA would like to share just a few highlights of 2019.
  • In an average week in 2019, 5.8 million people listened to community radio
  • We produced our first State of the Community Radio Sector Report, bringing together a range of data sources to provide insights into Australia’s community broadcasting sector
  • CBAA's Community Radio Network launch the sixth installment of the National Features and Documentary Series, an annual showcase of new work by Australian community radio producers
  • CBAA's Amrap and First Nations Media Australia (with assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts) announced First Sounds, an initiative to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists heard across Australian radio airwaves
  • The CBAA and iHeartRadio partnered to allow iHeartRadio Australia audiences’ access to some of Australia’s most loved community radio stations
  • The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced a deeming determination that will allow Edge Radio to provide a DAB+ digital radio service in Hobart
  • In the last few months alone we've seen the Government's response to the ACCC Digital Platform Inquiry, an industry-wide #RightToKnow media freedom campaign, a new B66 renewal form for community broadcasters, and an inquiry into regional Australia. We've been busy representing stations to ensure they are best supported now and into 2020. Read our latest sector leadership update.

For more statistics please check out the latest fact sheets from our National Listener Survey.

You can also find more details of our activities this year in the CBAA Annual Review  2018/2019. 

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2019 has been a busy year for the CBAA, working with Government and across all parties to strengthen support for community broadcasting.

Read on for some recent updates and key plans for 2020.


The CBAA would like to take this opportunity to share the CBAA's Annual Review and Financial Report for the 2018/2019 fiscal year.


If there’s one thing we can all agree on as we come to the end of 2020, it’s certainly that this has been a year like no other. Looking back, the CBAA is pleased to share 12 outstanding accomplishments of 2020 that speak to the strength, kindness and ingenuity of our sector.