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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

Frieda Lee, 18th May 2022

Labor's win secures $12m promise for community radio.

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Frieda Lee, 18th May 2022

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, First Nations Media Australia and the Local & Independent News Association prepared a joint submission reviewing the operation of the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code from the perspective of independent, community-based news publishers and broadcasters.

A group of people from Bay FM posing for a photo while taking part in the flood clean up.

Frieda Lee, 18th May 2022

The CBAA has made submissions to the NSW Government on the vital role played by local community broadcasters during the 2022 flooding and other emergencies. 

Patrick Gorman MP visiting RTR FM

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 17th April 2022

In the 2022 Federal Election, the CBAA is seeking an increase in sector funding to $25m per annum - find out more and how you can help.

Frieda Lee, 13th April 2022

We’ve had a busy start to the year and things are getting busier with the 2022 Federal Election fast approaching. Here is a snapshot of our advocacy efforts and impacts since the last sector leadership update in December 2021.

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 11th April 2022

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Frieda Lee, 30th March 2022

The Australian Government has maintained funding for community broadcasting at $20.5m which is our sector's critical baseline to support community radio stations and sector-wide projects.

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 24th March 2022

One of the CBAA’s key priorities is to remain engaged with, and responsive to, the needs of our members, and advocate for change in the interests of members and our sector in general. We're pleased to announce the release of our Member and Stakeholder Engagement Framework.

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 22nd March 2022

Today across Australia, over 30 media outlets will stop publishing news for 24 hours in a collective freeze to fight for the future of Australian news media. The news freeze will let the world know that small and medium news publishers are #WaitingOnZuck to pay for journalism and content that appears on the Facebook platform. 

Frieda Lee, 21st March 2022

The Select Committee on Regional Australia has concluded its inquiry into regional Australia and published its report: Pride of Place: Inquiry into the future of Regional Australia.