2018 CBAA Conference

2018 Conference Program


It's the largest annual community radio gathering - a chance to network, be inspired and develop your knowledge and skills.

The 2018 CBAA Conference will take place 8-10 November at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. We hope you can join us!

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Half Day Workshop: Secrets of Successful Boards and Committees 

Patrick Moriarty - Our Community

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.




Keynote: What lessons can we learn from those making waves behind bars? Phil Maguire

In a fast-paced multimedia address, Phil Maguire, CEO of the UK’S Prison Radio Association (PRA), will draw on his experience to share what he's learnt while building an award-winning service that specialises in creating media to transform lives and reduce crime:

  • IMPACT: producing life-changing content without compromising on quality.
  • SOLUTIONS: the power of Solution Focussed Journalism.
  • VOICES: the central role of the ‘expert citizen’.
  • EMPOWERMENT: giving a platform to those in the margins.
  • PARTNERSHIPS: the potential of creating powerful partnerships.
  • COMMUNITY: building trust, developing relationships, growing an audience.

Phil has worked extensively in British media with stints on the Jeremy Vine Show (BBC Radio 2), The Sunday Supplement and The Late Debate (Granada Television). He is the winner of 10 Sony Radio Academy Awards and PRA Productions was most recently named Indie of the Year at the 2017 Audio Production Awards.

Plenary: A Love Letter to Community Radio Hannah and Eliza Reilly

Sisters Hannah and Eliza Reilly have delivered some of Australia's best comedy broadcasting in recent years, expertly spotlighting what it means to be a young woman in 2018 in Australia. Beginning on FBi Radio, they helmed Girls Gone Mild, where they discussed emerging social phenomena, news stories and personal anecdotes, ranging from the absurdly enlightening to the enlighteningly absurd. The sisters took to television last year and rose to national attention when their six part docu-series Growing Up Gracefully aired on ABC1. CBAA Conference attendees can expect Hannah and Eliza’s candid, and delightfully funny take on community radio, as they share how working in the industry taught them invaluable career-shaping lessons.

Antoinette Lattouf
Plenary: Why diversity in media matters 

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, Media Diversity Australia

Workshop: Best Practice Reporting on Violence Against Women

Violence against women and their children generates daily media coverage in Australia and media has an important role to play in shaping communities’ understanding of these crimes and how they related to sexism, gender inequality and community attitudes. Attend this session to learn what makes a best practice report on this issue and for practical skills, tips and tools to help you ensure that your coverage is cultivating a community-wide message of respect, equality and non-violence.

Presented by: Jan Earthstar - Senior Advisor, National Media Engagement Program, Our Watch

Workshop: Prisoner Radio in Australia: Formats, Experiences, and Future

Get the local perspective in this workshop focused on prison radio in Australia. As prisoner radio continues to grow its footprint in Australia, this session will provide an overview of current activity, how it works, the benefits and challenges, and how stations can benefit from getting involved. 

Through sharing experiences and ideas, the forum aims to connect current and aspiring prison radio practitioners, joining forces to inform the development of activity nationally.

Presented by: Dr. Charlotte Bedford, University of Adelaide and Dr. Heather Anderson, University of South Australia.

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

Workshop: Content exchange and your station's place in the Community Radio Network

Content collaboration and exchange has been a highlight of Australian community broadcasting since the beginning, and, today, the CBAA’s Community Radio Network shares over 100 regular weekly programs and segments and countless specials throughout the year. Subscribing stations can use this in and around locally-created programming to benefit listeners, station operations and sponsors. Current subscribers or those who are interested in accessing the service should attend this session for tips to get the most out of the service, and to put forward ideas for future content development. Those interested in contributing programs to share with others around the country will also find it useful.

Presented by: Martin Walters - CBAA/CRN Manager


Academic Stream: What researchers are saying about community radio and digital disruption

A focus on academic research happening in community media will return to the 2018 CBAA Conference with an extended session on digital disruption. 

Digital disruption affects all levels of media production and distribution, and community media is not immune. While potential benefits and losses accompany the digital revolution, scholars have paid little attention to the direction that a digital logic takes community media practice and production. Lead by Heather Anderson (University of South Australia) and Juliet Fox (Melbourne University), we have invited a group of academics, many of whom are also community media practitioners, to present work-in-progress papers that address this issue.

Sector leaders are encouraged to attend this session to explore the research agenda related to community media, including how research may be of direct benefit to the sector, and to and inform how it proceeds.

Friday, 9 November: 2 - 4:30pm QLD time.

This session is included in the 2-day conference registration and 1-day Friday registrations. If you are not attending the rest of the conference but wish to attend this session only, registration is $99 (incl. GST) and is via the conference portal. This includes entry into this session and afternoon tea.




Workshop: Connecting Your Community Through Music

Music might be a universal language, but community radio is also all about reflecting a place, from big cities to small rural towns. How do you get the right balance for audiences who want to hear sounds from around the world and their own backyard? In this session, you'll learn how to get the best flow for your programming with music selecting and meet the needs of a diverse community.

Presented by: Andrew Khedoori - CBAA's Amrap Manager and 2ser Music Director + special guests.

Workshop: “Doing the studio” – what managers need to know about studio refits

Station managers and decision makers need to make informed choices about investing in studio facilities - as you plan your station's maintenance, refit, and upgrades.  Continuing our standing-room-only series of "tech for the non-technical", this session focuses on the studio.  We'll cover everything from current lingo and trends, the merits of digital or analogue consoles, and the information you need to liaise with vendors and techs. Come to get the run down on what you need to know to make a sound financial and business decision for your community radio station.

Presented by: John Maizels - President, Technorama.

Workshop: Kicking butt with great content and a strong station: how the CBF can help you 

CBF grants can help you create compelling content and grow your audience. Hear stations discuss how a grant helped connect their community, bring culture to life and increase support. Get inspired - take away tips and ideas for your next grant application.

Faciliated by: Jo Curtin - Executive Officer, Community Broadcasting Foundation + special guests.

Workshop: “Fun”draising for your small station

Put the fun back into the daunting task of fundraising with this session that that will cover a bit of everything and give you lots of ideas to try at your station - including organising events that actually raise money, starting up a subscriber (“friends of”) program, turning your OBs into fundraising opportunities, seeking donations or grant funding to address specific station needs and more.

Presented by: Nancy Falcone - Byron Bay 99.9, Wangki Radio, and CMTO Trainer.

Workshop: Set your station up for bequest success

Bequest donations are a special commitment made by visionary supporters to organisation’s they love and believe in, and, while it’s a topic that might make some fundraisers uncomfortable, they offer what is ultimately the best return on investment. In this session, find out why community radio is uniquely positioned to benefit from these donations and for a tool kit that will help you make the most of this opportunity to build your station’s security and realise its dreams – no matter your station's size or resources.

Presented by: Anne Frankenberg - Acting CBAA Vice President and Deputy General Manager at Australian National Academy of Music (formerly 3MBS) (pictured).


Media Lab

The Media Lab is the hands-on space at the CBAA Conference, where you can pick up new skills or refresh on some old ones to take back to your station.

We're excited to announce the first of the Media Lab sessions for this year below, presented in partnership with the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO). Registration is required for these sessions and will open closer to the conference.


Tech Connect - Wiring Up

In line with it’s mission to make broadcast tech accessible for all, Technorama and the CMTO present Wire It! - a hands-on workshop giving you the opportunity to learn basic skills in soldering, stripping and tinning wire. All equipment provided. This session will run twice on Friday.


Host the Wire - How to Host a National Daily Current Affairs Program 

Learn how community radio's best daily current affairs program is put together with the team from The Wire. If you have an interest in journalism, this session is for you! You’ll learn how to write cue sheets for current affairs, present news stories to air and pitch your own story to The Wire. Record your work and listen back after the session.

Presented in the Media Lab by: Rod Chambers - The Wire/2ser and Steve Ahern - international broadcast training consultant, broadcaster, author and media commentator.

Intro to Editing

Calling all audio editing newbies! Join Giordana Caputo, the CMTO’s CEO, for a hands on exploration of digital audio workstation Hindenburg, to learn how to: clean up and spruce your recordings, store your files and use the correct sample rate for radio audio packages. This is a bring your own laptop session.

Advanced Audio Editing

Great EQ and compression is vital to your station's audio production process. Shape your station’s sound with this session on advanced audio editing, where the CMTO’s Heli Newton will advance your knowledge of these concepts. Apply these skills to your on-air sound and branding, station identification, promotions & sponsorship stings. This is a bring your own laptop session.