2018 CBAA Conference

First 2018 CBAA Conference sessions announced

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 19th June 2018

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 on the Gold Coast, 8-10 November, to be inspired by community broadcasters and experts from across the country. We're thrilled to announce our first sessions and that earlybird registrations are now open!

Patrick Moriarty - Our Community

Half Day Workshop: Secrets of Successful Boards and Committees 

Thursday, 8 November: 3.5 hours - limited capacity - additional registration required.

Get a head start on the 2018 conference with this half-day workshop focused on governance. Unlock the secrets of successful boards and committees with guidance from experienced community sector practitioners who are actively involved in boards and committees and who understand the complex issues this presents. This session is a must for current and aspiring board members. Attend to learn about:

  • The importance of good governance
  • Getting the right people on board for the right reasons
  • Meeting legal requirements
  • Recruitment and succession strategies
  • Making your constitution work for you

Presented by: Patrick Moriarty, Executive Director - Institute of Community Directors Australia

For conference delegates, registration is $80 + GST, includes afternoon tea. For non-delegates, registration is $150 + GST, includes afternoon tea. Registration is via the conference portal.


Plenary: Why diversity in media matters Antoinette Lattouf

The Fourth Estate – the media – is a pillar of Australian democracy. For strong democracy, our population needs to be reflected in the stories we tell as well as by being the storytellers. The latest Census found 49% of Australians have at least one parent born overseas, yet this demographic is near invisible in mainstream media. Antoinette Lattouf, Director of Media Diversity Australia, will explore why our newsrooms would benefit from increased cultural and linguistic diversity – from contacts, to story ideas and varied perspectives. This session will also explore structural barriers and unconscious bias impeding culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) journalists.

Presented by: Antoinette Lattouf, Director of Media Diversity Australia

Mick Devine
Workshop: 7 Essential Reports for a Community Radio Station Manager 

To run a successful, sustainable community radio station you need to be on top of your finances. Mick Devine from Calxa will share his list of the most important reports to understand what’s going on in your organisation. He’ll cover cashflow forecasts, budget reports and more – all presented in a way that’s understandable to non-accountants.

Presented by: Mick Devine, CEO Calxa

Earlybird registrations are open now! This year, all registrations include access to our Conference Kickstarter event on the evening of Thursday, 8 November. 

Find out more and register now to save with our special earlybird rate.

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Digital transformation and documentary-making added to this year's program.


The CBAA Conference is the premier event in the community broadcasting calendar and this year will take place in Melbourne from 10 - 13 November. It's a unique event that brings together a diverse range of community broadcasters to develop and strengthen their skills, knowledge base and sector network.


Two new forums about the roles and issues facing women and youth in community broadcasting have been added to the alreading bursting 2017 CBAA Conference program.