CBAA welcomes new and improved B66 licence renewal form

Frieda Lee, 18th October 2021

As of 15 October 2021, the ACMA has updated the B66 community broadcasting licence renewal form to reduce the administrative and regulatory burden for stations.

We know it used to take some stations weeks or even months to complete the old B66 form. The CBAA has worked closely with the ACMA and other sector bodies to streamline the form and make it faster and easier for stations to complete. The new form has fewer and more carefully targeted questions. Questions that created an unnecessarily high administrative burden have been changed or replaced and the new requirements are clearer and more flexible.

The ACMA has assured us that they will continue to explore our sector's recommendation that the ACMA feed data into the Closing the Gap data-gathering process to track progress towards media representation targets. We will also continue to encourage the ACMA to eliminate unnecessary reporting for stations that are registered as charities, by gathering information directly from the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

We thank the ACMA for their engagement with our sector and their work updating the B66.

The new form is available on the ACMA website here.

For further details of the recommendations we made to the B66 consultation see our Submissions Page.

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has updated the form (B66) used by permanent community broadcasters to renew their licences.