Renewing Your Community Broadcasting Licence

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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 ACMA will remind a station to renew their licence 13-14 months prior to the expiration of that licence. The due date for this application is exactly 12 months prior to the expiration of the licence.

When a renewal application is received, the ACMA conducts an assessment and investigation of the licence. This may take up to 12 months. The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 was amended in 2002 so that, in deciding whether to renew a licence, the ACMA can take into account the same matters that it took into account when allocating the licence (outlined here). 

Some key things to note
  • Applications for the renewal of community radio broadcasting licences must be made one year before the licence is due to expire. This means if your licence expires on the 1 July 2018, the application form is due on the 1 July 2017.
  • The form does not apply to licensees that represent Indigenous communities of interest in remote licence areas or temporary community broadcasters.
Tips for completing your application
  • Complete all questions. Any incomplete fields are likely to delay the assessment of your application.
  • Keep a folder on your computer called 'Licence Renewal' and continually save things there like your financial statements that will be good to include in your licence renewal. 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.
  • Completed forms and documents should be scanned and emailed to communitybroadcasting@acma.gov.au
Download application form (B66) for licence renewal

As of 1 July 2017 the B66 form as been edited to reduce the time spent and resources needed to complete the licence renewal.

Checklist: documents all stations need to provide
  • A copy of your most recent weekly program schedule, showing the applicable dates (see question 10)
  • An application form for a program proposal (see question 12)
  • Current constitution or articles of association and certificate of registration (see question 13) - get resources
  • Diagram of the organisational structure, showing the board/management committee and committees/subcommittees, as well as staff positions (see question 13)
  • List of current members of the board/management committee, indicating the term of each member (see question 13)
  • Minutes of the last two AGMs and most recent annual report (see question 13) - get AGM resources
  • Membership application form, showing membership categories and schedule of membership fees (see question 13)
  • List of staff positions, both paid and volunteer (see question 13)
  • Audited financial statements for two years (or unaudited or not required to audit) (see question 15) - get Financial Management resources
  • Five-year business plan (see question 15)
  • Five-year budget (see question 15)
  • Any outstanding renewal actions from your last licence renewal (see question 17)
Checklist: policies you need to provide (see question 18)
Get example Volunteers, Grievance Procedures, Complaints Handling Procedure, Programming Policy, Programming Standards, Sponsorship and Legalities policies/procedures developed by the CMTO.
Related resources for renewing a community broadcasting licence