Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice - Review


Second consultation phase – Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice Review  

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) is reviewing the Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice (the Codes). 

The draft Codes have been revised to incorporate feedback from the first round of public consultation in 2022 and key stakeholder feedback. 

The Codes set out programming and operational standards that stations must follow. The review ensures community standards remain relevant in contemporary media. The revised Codes aim to be clearer, more flexible and less onerous for stations to comply with.   

A second round of community and stakeholder consultation is happening now  

The revised draft Codes are now available to view for a second round of public consultation.  

This phase of consultation takes place between Thursday, 28 September 2023 and Thursday, 26 October 2023. 

Access the revised draft Codes of Practice  

We welcome feedback on the revised draft Codes during this second consultation phase.  

The revised draft Codes incorporate feedback from the first round of public consultation and ongoing dialogue with the ACMA and stakeholders. 

The revised draft Codes of Practice can be found here (PDF icon PDF/File DOCX).  

Feedback on the revised draft of the codes can be provided via email:[email protected] 

The What We Heard Report describes what we have heard so far  

Thank you to everyone who made a submission and provided feedback on the draft Codes of Practice at the first consultation phase.  

The CBAA has released a What We Heard Report (the report), detailing feedback from community and stakeholders on the draft Codes. 71 responses were received through the consultation process. 

To explore the What We Heard Report and learn more about the key themes from the consultation, access the report here (PDF icon PDF/File DOCX). 

Explainer on Code 5b) Impartiality of news

We would also like to draw your attention to the explainer document regarding impartiality in news content, which can be found here (PDF icon PDF/File DOCX).

What will happen next  

Following the conclusion of the second public consultation, the revised draft Codes will be reviewed by regulators ACMA and Office of Impact Analysis for approval. 

Once approved, the Codes and its accompanying guidance material will be published on the CBAA website and come into force after an agreed period of time. 

Consult Oct 2022 – Jan 2022  Public consultation  Redraft Jan 2023 – Aug 2023  Consideration and drafting  Reflect Sep 2023  Second consultation with sector  Regulator review Oct 2023  Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and Office of Impact Analysis (OIA) review  Publish Date dependent on ACMA OIA review  Codes and guidance material published  Commence Date TBC  Codes come into force

For more information  

For more information about the revised Codes and consultation process, please email the CBAA at [email protected] 


Consultation Draft documents