State of the Sector Report


Welcome to the State of the Community Radio Sector Report.

The State of the Sector report brings together a range of data sources to provide insights into Australia’s largest independent media sector, a key pillar in local broadcasting, and an internationally recognised example of grassroots media – community broadcasting.

It shows the sector’s important contribution to the diversity, inclusiveness and social cohesion that characterises Australia’s open society and reinforces its cultural vibrancy by:

  • Providing a voice to communities not adequately served by other broadcasters.
  • Giving a platform to a diverse range of viewpoints that enrich our social and cultural fabric and promote media diversity.
  • Providing social inclusion, local community participation and media access in the public interest.
  • Supporting local content production and delivering content tailored to the needs and interest of local communities.

This report encompasses data for a period of significant success and ongoing challenges. With more stations and listeners than ever, it is evident that community radio remains ever important to Australians and provides services that address identified community needs and interests.

View Roadmap 2033 for the latest snapshot of the sector (refer to page 16):  Roadmap 2033

View the 2020/21 report: PDF icon CBAA State of the Community Radio Sector Report 2020/21.pdf

View the 2019 report:  CBAA State of the Community Radio Sector Report 2019.pdf