CBAA Pre-Budget Submission requests additional $5m for stations

Frieda Lee, 17th February 2022

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.

The submission expresses our thanks for the long-standing support that successive Commonwealth Governments have provided to the community broadcasting sector for almost half a century. It explains the impact that an additional $5m distributed via CBF grants would have, allowing stations to:

  • create and fund local employment opportunities;
  • cover the cost of upgrades to ageing technology infrastructure; and
  • increase local news reporting capacity.

We highlight the value an additional $5m would have in assisting stations to recover from natural disasters and COVID-19 and providing them with a strong base from which to adapt and innovate – supporting their communities when they need it most.

Our submission can be accessed on our Submissions Page.

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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.


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.


The CBAA is seeking a substantially increased funding allocation for community broadcasters in the 2024/25 Federal Budget to deliver Roadmap 2033: Community Broadcasting’s plan for greater impact in every Australian Community.