Sector Leadership


The CBAA works to build a healthy environment in which community broadcasting can thrive by nurturing a supportive political environment, influencing public policy through leadership and research, and developing and maintaining internal and external sector relationships and networks. In particular, the CBAA proactively works with influential political stakeholders to strengthen knowledge, understanding and support of community broadcasting sector policies and programs.

The CBAA has extensive expertise in broadcasting issues. This stems from the experience and knowledge of our policy team, our policy committees, sector research, forums, professional networks and our members.

In addition to our policy team, we harness further expertise through ad hoc national policy committees that provide expert advice on emerging issues, such as, for example, the next steps required to secure community broadcasting’s place in any digital radio rollout. These ad hoc policy committees are established by the CBAA Board as required. Ongoing expertise and advice will is also provided through the Community Broadcasting Sector Roundtable. Bringing together a range of experts, the Roundtable and policy committees provides us with forums for “stress testing” and refining policy positions, identifying key issues and developing guidance on a range of community broadcasting matters.

These consultative mechanisms, internal expertise, research and consultation with members are used to set the CBAA's policy priorities.

Latest Sector Leadership News

Danny Chifley, 18th February 2021

Facebook’s decision to block the sharing of news content on its platform has significantly impacted hundreds of community broadcasters, whose pages are now blank – including First Nations media organisations, faith-based, regional and multicultural broadcasters.

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 12th February 2021

The Federal Government has kicked off a number of processes to enhance media’s role in producing local information, combating misinformation and strengthening communities. These include the Government’s development of a News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, its media diversity inquiryradiocommunications legislation amendments and more – all with which the CBAA has been actively engaging.

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 21st January 2021

CBAA and First Nations Media Australia joint submission.


Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 21st January 2021

The CBAA makes a submission to the Commonwealth Government's Media Diversity in Australia inquiry.

From the Embers podcast

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 30th October 2020

Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements releases report.

Braidwood FM donated radios

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 23rd October 2020

The CBAA is pleased to see the Federal Government's recognition of the community broadcasting sector's hard word and dedication throughout and in the aftermath of Black Summer.

8CCC presenter interviewing two women at the Big Day Out in Harmony

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 9th September 2020

Contribute to this Federal Government inquiry.

3REG Radio East Gippsland from outside

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 4th September 2020

Emergency broadcasting, Radiocommunications Bill, ACCC's News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code.


Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 2nd September 2020

Follow up submission made by the CBAA and First Nations Media Australia.

August 2020 Sector Roundtable - screenshot

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 13th August 2020

The Community Broadcasting Sector Roundtable, chaired by the CBAA, met for the second time digitally in August 2020