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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.

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Frieda Lee, 14th December 2022

2022 was a big year in advocacy for the CBAA. We have worked hard to ensure that community broadcasting is front of mind in any government process on emergency management, news, and community resilience. We have cemented strong relationships with policy makers across the political spectrum and secured ongoing funding vital to the sector’s ability to stay on air.

Here is a snapshot of our advocacy efforts and impacts over 2022.

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Frieda Lee, 7th June 2022

The Community Broadcasting Sector Roundtable met at the end of last month. It is the first time the Roundtable has met in person since 2019.

CBAA's Holly FL and Jon Bisset stand with then Shadow Minister Michelle Rowland in CBAA offices

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 2nd June 2022

Having worked closely with her in her role as Shadow Minister, she has a deep understanding of community broadcasting and its role in the broader media landscape.

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.