How to Get CRN


The Community Radio Network (CRN) is a subscription service available to all community radio stations in Australia. 

To access it you need to complete an application and obtain and install the necessary infrastructure at your station.

Applying and subscribing to CRN

Subscription Fees

Substantial discounts available to CBAA member stations.

Fees are calculated as follows:

  • Permanent member stations are charged at a rate of 0.6114% of gross income - with a minimum fee of $625 and capped at a maximum of $2,035.
  • Temporary (TCBL) members will be charged at the rate of $310 in their first year of operation and $420 in subsequent years until a permanent licence is granted.
  • Aspirant member stations that do not yet hold a TBCL will be charged at a one-off rate of $160 per year to assist start up.
  • The service is also available to non-members of the CBAA at a rate of $3,260.

All rates listed above are annual fees and are exclusive of GST.

Member stations are required to supply up to date audited accounts annually to the CBAA to determine subscription fees. Stations can opt to pay their CRN Subscriptions annually or quarterly.

For further information please contact the CBAA on 02 9310 2999 or via email.

Other costs

  • There is an additional cost associated with accessing National Radio News bulletins. 
  • There is no cost associated with the use of the Digital Delivery Network (DDN) computers server to capture access content.

Infrastructure needed to set up CRN 

To access CRN, your station needs to set up the following satellite reception equipment:

  • A solid dish
  • An LNB (a down converter at the focal point of the dish)
  • A digital VAST receiver
  • Multiswitch
  • Smart card
  • Balancing equipment
  • Installation
  • Optional:  program capture system such as the Digital Delivery Network (DDN) server to access the CRN high-speed data stream, giving stations access to the CRN file library, edition synopses & cue sheets, extras content and more.

For detailed information about how to set up your satellite equipment, and a list of equipment suppliers, please contact the CRN team on (02) 9310 2999 or via email.

Grants & Financial Support For Equipment

The Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) provides grants to licenced stations to enable them to purchase the necessary satellite reception equipment.  Others choose to source their own equipment, but if you do this please liaise with CRN staff to ensure system compatibility. For information on satellite reception and DDN equipment grants please contact the Community Broadcasting Foundation on 03 8341 5900 or visit the CBF website. Contact CRN for more information.

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