2021 Federal Budget and Community Radio

CBAA Communications, 18th May 2021

Recognising the invaluable role community radio has made throughout the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government has maintained our sector’s funding at $20.15m and $20.37m for 2021-22 and 2022-23, respectively.

This funding is the critical baseline to support community radio stations and sector-wide projects (like community digital radio, national training, multiplatform distribution, Amrap), and ensures our sector can continue it's vibrant output and meet evolving community need.

The CBAA is appreciative of the Australian Government’s support and continues work to secure additional funding of $5m to enhance our sector’s impact. We hear from our members that additional support is still needed: due to COVID-19, volunteers need to be re-engaged, and fundraising/sponsorship personnel invested in to reinvigorate income streams. We also know that many stations need to replace ageing infrastructure, or upgrade to better undertake emergency broadcasting.

Any questions, please direct them to the CBAA’s Head of Advocacy and Communications, Holly Friedlander Liddicoat on 02 9310 2999 or via holly.friedlander@cbaa.org.au

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