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Apply now for a scholarship to attend CBAA Conference

hfriedlander, 15th July 2021

The CBAA is thrilled to offer ten CBAA Conference Scholarships valued at almost $1,200 each for community radio station leaders to attend the CBAA Conference 2021, from 2-4 December in Cairns, Queensland.

Scholarships provide invaluable opportunities for under-resourced stations, volunteers and staff to attend the CBAA Conference to learn, network, share knowledge and participate in discussions to which they wouldn't otherwise be exposed. 

For Hills Radio 88.9 FM's Lauren Francis, the scholarship she received in 2015 provided an introduction to the wider community radio sector and inspiration to take back to her home station:

"The CBAA scholarship that I received was beneficial to me understanding how the community radio sector works as, at the time, I was new to community radio and had no idea about what happened. I was introduced to programs like Amrap that help show producers and presenters to find Australian musicians with ease. The conference encouraged me to explore the big ideas I may have had for the station despite its smaller size. I was also encouraged by the CBAA's work in creating gender and age equality in the youth and female forums. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to attend this event, meaning the relationships and vital information I gain would not have come to be... I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to go to the conference this year. I have learnt many things and been able to meet some great people from all over the sector."

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Submissions are open to anyone who:

  • Is a board/committee member of, employed by or a volunteer of a community radio station that:
    • Holds a temporary or permanent community radio licence, or is an aspirant broadcaster
    • Is a member of the CBAA
  • Is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or holder of a humanitarian visa
  • Has the approval of their station to attend the Conference

Scholarships are limited to ten people and applicants will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate leadership and a clear track record of successful station outcomes, along with the potential impact of Conference attendance on their station. 

Preference will be given to applicants who are in leadership positions at stations and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Under the age of 26,
  • Of an underrepresented gender,
  • From a station in a regional, rural or remote location,
  • Representing a station that was not at the 2019 face-to-face CBAA Conference.

Scholarship submissions close 11:59pm AEST Monday 2 August 2021.

Please read the  Terms & Conditions before applying.

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Super Early Bird tickets for CBAA members on sale til 2 August.


The CBAA Conference is back for another year and we're bringing you the knowledge and ideas you need to continue best serving your community. Join us from 24 - 27 October in Melbourne to be inspired by community broadcasters and experts from across the country. We're thrilled to announce the full program.


The full list of Award finalists can be found below. Winners will be announced at the CBAA Conference 27-29 October, along with the recepients of the Michael Law and Tony Staley Awards. 

Congratulations to all who has participated in this years program.