Policy Priorities


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.

Our policy priorities include:

Digital Radio

There is a long-standing commitment by Government to the development of diversity and inclusion of community broadcasting in the transition to digital broadcasting and that access to digital platforms be on a basis affordable to community broadcasters. The first stage of digital radio in Australia has been rolled out in five capital cities: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

The CBAA is working to ensure that further roll outs meet the needs of community radio stations, and that the public interest benefits of our sector are realised through digital broadcasting.

This means CBAA involvement in spectrum and technological planning, scoping station needs and providing support for stations. 

Station Sustainability

Community radio stations are not for profit, independent, largely volunteer run organisations with diverse funding models, ranging from the larger metropolitan stations to smaller niche and regional stations and everything in between. On average, 85% of station income is from sources other than government grants.

Financial sustainability in this environment is a challenge and the CBAA prioritises support to ensure stations continue to have the knowledge and resources to succeed.

This means ensuring the reliability of government funding and supporting the development of other revenue sources. 

Supportive Regulatory Environment

Access to broadcast spectrum is a valuable resource allocated to community radio stations for public benefit. As such, community radio stations are regulated to ensure that the high standards expected of the community continue to be met.

However, regulation in a complex and ever-changing technological and social environment can be difficult to maintain.

The CBAA undertakes research and advocacy to ensure that the regulation of community radio continues to meet the needs of stations and their listeners. 

Latest Sector Leadership News
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Helen Henry, 26th July 2018

Will you be in Sydney on 20 August? We'd love to see you at the Potts Point Hotel.

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Helen Henry, 27th October 2017

The CBAA supports community radio and its role in contributing to and reflecting an Australia that is an open society, strong democracy and vibrant culture, where all groups – including  LGBTQIA+ communities - have an equal voice and equal rights.  

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield

Helen Henry, 15th September 2017

As part of negotiations to pass the Government's proposed media reforms in the Senate yesterday, additional support will be provided to the community broadcasting sector.

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Helen Henry, 26th June 2017

On 22 June 2017, a motion was passed in the Senate supporting community radio’s important role in providing a platform for diverse voices in an increasingly consolidated media landscape.