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CBAA submission to the independent review of Australia’s COVID-19 response

Frieda Lee, 3rd August 2022

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia made a submission to the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Minderoo Foundation and the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation's independent review of the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We highlighted the critical role played by community broadcasters in supporting their communities through up-to-date local information that is in-language and community appropriate, acting as a catalyst for community dialogue, linking people to critical services, countering misinformation and disinformation, encouraging communities to get vaccinated, and connecting commuties isolated due to lockdowns and social distancing.

We recommended that the community broadcasting sector be supported to ensure that stations have a secure base from which they can innovate and adapt to deliver local information and connect their communities through crises like the COVID-19 pandemic and that the community broadcasting sector should be better utilised in government health and other advertising campaigns, including its COVID-19 campaign, to amplify messaging to otherwise under-served communities and provide targeted financial support to local community stations.

Read our submission here.

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We have put together some answers to common questions about COVID-19 vaccination at your station.


It is imperative that we as a sector work together to ensure safety and continued service to our communities. Our focus will be to share information to help you stay on-air and safe while doing so.


The Federal Government has kicked off a number of processes to enhance media’s role in producing local information, combating misinformation and strengthening communities. These include the Government’s development of a News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, its media diversity inquiryradiocommunications legislation amendments and more – all with which the CBAA has been actively engaging.