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

Youth Forum

This forum welcomes conference delegates under 26 years of age, to meet and discuss the role that young people play in community broadcasting, and any issues young people are facing at a station or sector-wide level. Where relevant, ideas discussed in this forum will be presented to the CBAA Board via the CBAA Board's Youth Representative, to be voted in on the day (nominations have now closed). Lunch will be provided.

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: 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, Ren Cuttriss-Gary, 3MDR and Paul Gough, Presenter, APRA ACMOS' Playback.

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: News on a Shoestring

Learn tips and tricks for writing, editing and reading better new bulletins, with particular emphasis on how small community radio stations can include news in their programming. Steve will take participants through the steps for sourcing, verifying and presenting news in a way that stations with limited resources can take advantage of.

Presented by: Steve Ahern, AMT

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's CRN Manager and Andrew McLellan, CBAA's CRN Operations Coordinator

Workshop: Amplify your community’s voice through podcast

These days, communities convene in the digital space around podcasts that cater to special interests. How do you turn your radio work into a podcast that people across the world want to hear? In this session, learn how you can take what matters to your community into a wider realm through the power of podcasting. Shape your stories with the best structure and format with Kellie Riordan, leader of ABC Audio Studios - responsible for popular podcasts such as Ladies We Need To Talk, The Pineapple Project, Conversations and Burn your Passport. She’ll also offer up her tips on podcast distribution.

Presented by: Kellie Riordan, ABC Audio Studios and 4ZZZ Board Director.


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: 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 and Dr. Heather Anderson, Radio Seeds, Kutcha Edwards, Beyond the Bars and Brad Spring, 6DBY.

Workshop: What connected homes and smart speakers mean for radio

Smart speakers – think Google Home and Amazon Echo - are making waves for radio, transforming the way that listeners interact with audio content in their homes. 14% of the U.S. population now owns a smart speaker, and listening to music was the most popular use among owners (src Audience Net). In Australia this is currently at 5% (src Edison Research). This session is a must-attend to find out what you need to do to be ready for a time when voice activated audio becomes part and parcel in connected homes.

Presented by: Richard Phelps, All In Media

Workshop: Fostering Your Station’s Accessibility for People with a Disability

Ensure your station has the tools to implement physical accessibility strategies, as well as the ability to understand and develop policies which enable a supportive accessibility culture. This will continue discussions held at the 2017 CBAA Conference, utilising Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) training materials and methods.

Presented by: Kim Stewart, 4ZZZ, Emma Couch, CMTO, Sancha Donald, General Manager 2RPH and Alison Maclean, broadcaster 4ZZZ and disability advocate with QLD Disability Network.

CBF Grant Assessor Team Catch Up

Are you a member of the CBF Assessor Team or are you interested in joining the team and want to know more? Grab some morning tea and come along to the Grant Assessor Team Catch Up to meet your fellow assessors face-to-face and/or chat with Georgie Boucher and existing assessors about what’s involved. Don’t miss this chance to be thanked in person by the CBF for all your hard work!

Facilitated by: Georgie Boucher, CBF

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: Running a successful on-air appeal

Learn how to run a successful on-air appeal to increase your community radio station’s donations or membership. Nathaniel has helped stations raise more than $3 million by supporting them to grow their appeal strategy. He’ll share with you how you can get started with appeals at your station but will also have some ninja tips for pros as well.

Presented by: Nathaniel Garvin, Re.markable 

Women's Forum

This forum is for women and gender diverse people in community broadcasting to discuss issues facing them at a station and sector-wide level and ideas to overcome them. Where relevant, ideas discussed in this forum will be presented to the CBAA Board via the CBAA Board Women’s Representative, Emma Hart. Join in this session to have your say on your experiences in community radio and to network. Lunch will be provided.

Hosted by: Emma Hart, CBAA's Women Representative

Workshop: What Makes a Good Radio Documentary (NFDS)

Learn how your station can benefit from producing, hosting and broadcasting audio documentaries – and get tips on building journalistic skills. Hear a selection of striking community radio documentary content made in 2018, with a panel discussion on what makes these pieces effective. Find out about the CBAA’s National Features & Documentary Series, an annual sector showcase and training initiative in partnership with the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO).

Presented by: Martin Walters, CBAA’s CRN Manager, Andrew McLellan, CBAA’s CRN Operations Coordinator, Giordana Caputo, CMTO’s CEO and 2018 NFDS participants Aoife Cooke (3CR), Aguer Athian (3ZZZ), Nikola Van de Wetering (4ZZZ) and Katharina Loesche (4EB).

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).

Workshop: Community Digital Radio Update

The national CBAA Digital Radio Project outlines developments in digital radio including regional planning and new services being introduced in 2019. This workshop will also discuss some of the policy, planning, funding, sustainability and service development issues for community broadcasters and explore content development, exchange and collaboration. Q&A and discussion time will be included in the session.

Presented by: CBAA’s Technical Consultant, David Sice and CBAA’s Digital Radio Program Manager, Kath Letch.

Live Performance + Q+A: APRA AMCOS Ambassador Emily Wurramara

Emily Wurramara will entertain and educate community broadcasters from all over Australia at the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre in November, with thanks to APRA AMCOS. Emily grew up in remote Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria before moving to Brisbane to pursue her natural talent for music. Emily’s 2016 EP ‘Black Smoke’, which featured stunning stories sung both in English and Wurramara's traditional language Anindilyakwa, garnered critical acclaim, as well as racking up 1 million Spotify streams and spending 10 weeks in the CBAA's Amrap Charts.

This year, she has released her debut album 'Milyakburra' and celebrated with a sell-out national tour.

Host of Playback, a radio program produced by APRA AMCOS and distributed via the Community Radio Network, Paul Gough will lead the Q+A with Emily.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Community Radio News

In a world overloaded with information, where #fakenews is rife and the global news cycle unending, how do we as broadcasters make news and contribute in a way that's meaningful and impactful? Join our panelists in discussion about the importance of news, what it takes to make "quality" news, the importance of the smartphone and how the community broadcasting sector can play a role in countering misinformation.

Presented by: Geoff Field, News Director, 2ser, Louisa Graham, Chief Executive, The Walkley Foundation, Annie Hastwell, The Wire and Steve Ahern, AMT and radioinfo.


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 Tech Connect - Wiring Up! 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.

Presented by: CMTO's Emma Couch and Technorama's John Maizels and Mike Tobin.


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.



Networking Breakfast at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

Catch up with conference delegates over a hot breakfast at the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach to finish off the conference. Breakfast is included for delegates staying at the Sofitel on Saturday, 10 November. Otherwise, breakfast is $30 per person and registration is via the conference registration portal.