COVID-19: additional English language and Multilingual CSAs for airplay

Katrina Hughes, 9th April 2020

At this time, community radio stations play a critical role in delivering their communities informed, factual information while also preventing the social stigma associated with COVID-19.

The Australian Department of Health have begun their national awareness campaign for COVID-19, so to help get these informed messages to your listening community, CBAA's Community Radio Network (CRN) is amassing these Community Service Announcements in its delivery systems for stations to add to local airplay.

CRN is continuing to add to this repository as new materials and messaging in a greater number of languages becomes available, including a variety of different language options produced by Radio 4EB which will be available shortly.

Sharing factual information is incredibly important, creating accessible for our friends and community members who speak languages other than English. 

We also have a selection of expanding First Nations languages available, produced by the Northern Territory Government, and will include more from partners specifically for the Indigenous community.
Currently available are:

  • 7 (including 3 new) x 30 second CSAs in English from the Australian Department of Health
  • 14 (including 9 new) x 1 to 2 minute CSAs in various First Nations languages
  • Multilingual CSAs sorted by state as they become available

CSAs are capturing to DDN-equipped stations ordering Shorts as 'CSA_COVID-19_language_##.wav'.

You can access the CSA packages via the download link below, and we will let you know once more language options become available.


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We encourage everyone, even if not regular users of CSA campaigns, to distribute this important information to their communities. CRN through the CBAA are happy for this to be shared across the sector, so if you think there is a station or a broadcaster that would benefit from this content, please do not hesitate to share this email with them.


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The CBAA secured $20,000 in grant funding to support vulnerable communities to stay safe during the COVID-19 period


The Community Broadcasting Sector Roundtable, chaired by the CBAA, met for the second time digitally in August 2020


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.