2021 Federal Budget and Community Radio

cbaacomms, 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 [email protected]

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The Australian Government has maintained funding for community broadcasting at $20.5m which is our sector's critical baseline to support community radio stations and sector-wide projects.


Our 2022-2023 Pre-Budget Submission provides the details of the community broadcasting sector’s request that our annual allocation be increased from $20.37m to $25.37m.


2022 was a big year in advocacy for the CBAA. We have worked hard to ensure that community broadcasting is front of mind in any government process on emergency management, news, and community resilience. We have cemented strong relationships with policy makers across the political spectrum and secured ongoing funding vital to the sector’s ability to stay on air.

Here is a snapshot of our advocacy efforts and impacts over 2022.