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Apply for the 2021 National Features and Documentary Series

amclellan, 11th March 2021

Applications for the 2021 National Features and Documentary Series are open from 1 to 30 April.

This year, applications for the National Features and Documentary Series are a little different. 

We want you to submit text below, or upload an audio or video file answering just three questions: 

  1. What is your idea for a Story?
  2. Who are the people you will talk to for your story? Tell us their names and how you will connect with them. 
  3. What do you want to get out of the training and mentoring?

Please apply and read the criteria and terms below.

Applications close 23:59 AEST on Friday 30 April.

Want tips on your application?

PDF icon Read through this PDF all about tips and tricks to get your idea out of your head and into the application.

Otherwise you can watch our webinar back which covers everything you need to know about entering.

Selection Criteria

Selected applications will:

  1. Demonstrate thorough planning, with confirmed interviewees.
  2. Present an original idea or story
  3. Demonstrate high potential for creative use of sound
  4. Be relevant to audiences nationally 
  5. Benefit from the training and mentoring opportunity

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be endorsed by a licensed Australian community radio station
  • Group applicants are accepted with one primary contact required
  • Applicants must not have participated in previous years series

Selection Panel

Over May, applications will be assessed by an outstanding selection of representatives from First Nations Media Australia, Radio for the Print Handicapped Australia, National Ethnic Broadcaster's Council, Christian Media & Arts Australia, the Community Media Training Organisation and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

Terms & Conditions

  • Personal information provided by you with your application may be held and viewed by CBAA and selection panel members.
  • The CBAA may use your name, image, extracts from your application to announce the successful applicants and related promotional purposes. CBAA will contact successful applicants before they are announced.
  • Applicants must be available for the duration of training, mentoring, and delivery of final works from June to November 2021.
  • Applicants must volunteer for or be employed by an Australian community radio station, have that station's support to participate in the initiative, and not have participated as a producer in previous years' intakes.
  • Successful applicants must create new work for this initiative, that must not have been produced and presented publicly for the first time on radio, television, the internet (including podcasts), or in a public situation environment (gallery, museum, classroom) prior to the running of this project.
  • The CBAA will have the right to broadcast and host all content produced for this project, and distribute the content to community stations for rebroadcast.
  • The CBAA retains the right to refuse to broadcast, distribute or host any content produced as a result of the project.
  • Ownership of the material will be jointly held by the participants and their home stations, governed by any agreements between the two parties.
  • Payment to producers will be made on the completion of the course and after the CBAA has received all required material including the completed minute piece of work. It is suggested that producers have an ABN (Australian Business Number) to invoice the CBAA on completion. 

Questions about the series or your application?

Contact the CBAA on 02 9310 2999 or contact us here.

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National Features and Documentary Series 2021

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The National Features and Documentary Series aims to encourage storytelling from new and emerging producers around Australia. All you need to enter is a great idea for a radio feature or documentary. Then, if you're selected, you can receive mentoring and training from the Community Media Training Organisation at no cost and be paid for bringing your feature or documentary idea to fruition.


*Past webinar - click through to view webinar recording*
Find out about the National Features & Documentary Series application process and selection criteria, get tips on what makes a great story for radio and learn how to pitch your story idea.


*Past webinar, click through to watch recording.*

Providing potential NFDS producers with all of the tools, tips and background information to ensure the best possible proposal submission.