Updated form for your next licence renewal

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 20th November 2019
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If your station is a permanently licensed community broadcaster, you will have to complete a licence renewal every five years.

The Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) is the regulator who assess these applications via the B66 form. The CBAA has provided advice to the ACMA in regards to updating the B66 form.

The amendments in the new form are designed to make the newest reporting section about localism requirements clearer, while providing more options for stations to demonstrate their community engagement. If they wish, stations can now include details about CSAs broadcast, and the numbers of supporters, donors and/or listeners.

The new renewal form comes into effect as of 15 November 2019.

Key things to note
  • The form does not apply to licensees that represent Indigenous communities of interest in remote licence areas.
  • Applications for the renewal of community radio broadcasting licences are due one year before the licence is set to expire. This means if your licence expires on 1 July 2020, the application is due 1 July 2019.
Tips for completing your application
  • We've compiled a list of handy resources to help you - check them out
  • Complete all questions. Any incomplete fields are likely to delay the assessment of your application.
  • Between renewals, keep a folder on your computer called 'Licence Renewal' and continually save necessary documents there like your financial statements. This will save you a lot of time during the application process.
  • Supporting documents should be labelled with reference to the relevant question. For example, a document in support of an answer to Question 7 should be marked Appendix 7.
  • Questions, completed forms and documents should be emailed to communitybroadcasting@acma.gov.au

Got questions about the changes or need a hand with your renewal? Give our helpful Support Officers a call on 02 9310 2999.

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