The CBAA has made the following submissions on behalf of the community broadcasting sector.    


ACMA Contemporary Community Safeguards Inquiry

In May 2013, the ACMA commenced their Contemporary community safeguards inquiry issues paper to assist them to establish core principles that should guide the broadcasting industry’s code development process. The inquiry covered many issues addressed in the Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice including decency, fairness, accuracy and complaints handling. The CBAA prepared a response to the issues paper addressing the core principles of relevance to community broadcasters.

PDF iconCBAA response to the ACMA Contemporary community safeguards inquiry Issues Paper.pdf


CBF Structure and Governance Review

In April 2014, the CBF began a review of its structure and governance, appointing Nous Group to undertake an independent assessment. More information the CBAA's participation process is available here. The CBAA's two submissions to the CBF, from November 2014 and July 2015, are available to download below.

PDF iconCBF Structure & Governance Submission - November 2014.pdf

PDF iconCBF Structure & Governance Review Submission - July 2015.pdf

PDF iconCBF Structure and Governance Review Submission - December 2015.pdf


Community Broadcasting 'Vision 2015' Submission to Minister Conroy

In October 2009, the CBAA worked with other sector reprehensive organisations to develop a five-year plan to renew Australia’s Community Broadcasting sector and create the world’s most innovative, accessible community media.

PDF iconVision 2015 Brochure.pdf

PDF iconFull Vision 2015 Submission.pdf


Community Television

In January 2015, the Department of Communications circulated the Digital Television Regulation consultation paper. The consultation paper outlines several policy principles to be considered when reforming the regulation of television services.

The CBAA is a stakeholder in this process as the peak body for community broadcasting in Australia. Community television licensees are represented by the Australian Community Television Alliance (ACTA) and the CBAA continues to advocate the public policy and regulatory principles that underpin community broadcasting generally.

In this submission, the CBAA responds to comments about the role of the internet in relation to broadcasting, supporting opportunities that the internet provides but points out that there are issues of content and structural regulation, access and cost to be considered. “There should be no cost barrier for viewers to access a mix of primary broadcast services. At least one community television service should be a part of that mix”.

The submission states that community broadcasters should be able to make use of the internet in the way that other broadcasters do: as a complementary platform to enable broader reach and facilitate on-demand services in support of free-to-access broadcast delivery.

PDF iconCBAA submission on digital television regulation - April 2015.pdf


Digital Radio

In October 2005, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Hon Senator Helen Coonan, announced a framework for digital radio broadcasting in Australia. The first stage applied to metropolitan-wide broadcasting services in capital cities. For more information on digital community radio, head here.

Digital Radio is a key policy priority for CBAA and the CBAA works closely with government and the wider industry on the issue. The CBAA has made the following submissions in relation to Digital radio:

PDF iconSubmission 25.11.2008 ACCC Access Undertakings.pdf

PDF iconSubmission 24.12.2010 Technologies for Digital Radio Services in Regional Australia.pdf

PDF iconSubmission March 2014 Response to Digital Radio Reviews.pdf

PDF iconCBAA Submission ACMA Digital Radio Deeming-November 2017.pdf


Federal Budget

PDF iconBudget submission 2017.pdf

PDF iconBudget submission 2016.pdf    


Future of Public Interest Journalism

In June 2017, the CBAA made a submission to the newly established Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism. The Committee will look into the current state of public interest journalism in Australia and around the world, the future of public and community broadcasters in delivering public interest journalism, particularly in underserviced markets like regional Australia, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities and other aspects of public interest journalism, such as fake news. 

The CBAA's submission adds to the many voices calling for greater support and certainty for Australia’s community broadcasters who deliver high-quality and diverse public interest journalism, particularly in underserviced markets like regional Australia, indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

PDF iconCBAA Submission - Senate Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism.pdf

PDF iconAdditional Information - CBAA Submission to the Senate Committee of the Future of Public Journalism.pdf


Inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional Australia

The CBAA has made a submission to the Federal House of Representatives Inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to regional and rural Australia.

The CBAA submission pointed out not only the coverage of community radio stations, but also their importance in being in, of and for regional communities. The CBAA offered to provide more specific details about our sector directly to the committee during hearings.

PDF iconCBAA Submission to Inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production in rural and regional Australia.pdf 


Revised B66 Form

In November 2010, the CBAA provided advice to the ACMA in relation to the application process for the renewal of community radio broadcasting licences. 

PDF iconCBAA Submission.pdf

In May 2017, the CBAA provided further advice to the ACMA in relation to the application process for the renewal of community radio broadcasting licences.

PDF icon CBAA Submission - 2017.pdf


Senate Inquiry into Simulcasting

On 21 March 2013 the Senate referred the effectiveness of current regulatory arrangements in dealing with the simultaneous transmission of radio programs using the broadcasting services bands and the Internet ('simulcast') to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications for inquiry and report.

The CBAA worked collaboratively with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and made the following joint submissions to the Senate inquiry.

PDF iconSubmission 10.5.2013 Inquiry into Simulcasting - from Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Commercial Radio Australia, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and the Special Broadcasting Service.pdf

PDF iconSupplementary submission.pdf


Spectrum Review

In December 2014, the CBAA made a submission in response to the Department of Communications Spectrum Review consultation paper. The consultation paper was part of a review of spectrum policy arrangements first announced by the Minister for Communications in May 2014, and explores proposals intended to maximise the economic and social return from spectrum.

PDF iconSpectrum Review - Potential Reform Directions - December 2014.pdf

The CBAA made a submission in relation to the Radiocommunications Bill 2017, Broadcasting Spectrum and Spectrum Pricing consultation package issued by the Department of Communications in August 2017.

PDF iconCBAA Submission_Spectrum Framework_August 2017.pdf


Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities

In August 2017, the CBAA made a submission in regards to potential reforms to the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) tax arrangements. DGR status allows an organisation to receive gifts and contributions for which donors are able to claim a tax deduction. The DGR tax arrangements are intended to encourage philanthropy and provide support for the not-for-profit (NFP) sector.

PDF iconCBAA Submission - Letter to the Treasury - DGR Status - August 2018.pdf


Temporary Community Broadcasting Licences

The Temporary Community Broadcasting Licence Determination was due to expire in April 2015. In the lead up, the ACMA requested feedback from stakeholders on a proposal to remake the instrument with minor changes, to ensure that it remained in ongoing effect. The CBAA prepared a submission responding to the proposed changes. 

PDF iconCBAA response to the ACMA proposal to remake the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Temporary Community Broadcasting Licence) Determination 2003 (TCBL Licence Determination).pdf