Staff & Volunteers

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Whether as paid staff or volunteers, individuals are what keep a community radio station going and increasing involvement in broadcasting is one of the sector's guiding principles.

There are 26,700 volunteers across Australia giving time to their local station.

Staffing arrangements vary significantly station to station and will often depend on station priorities and resourcing. 

Roles at a community broadcasting organisation can be roughly defined under the following categories:

  • Management
  • Administration
  • Presentation/Production
  • Technical
  • Sponsorship/Media sales

In this section, you'll find a growing catalogue of information for community broadcasting organisations in relation to engaging volunteers and staff.

Staff salaries should be appropriate for the work and should be considered in the context of the organisation's activities and purposes.

Volunteers are the backbone of the not-for-profit sector, helping to deliver critical services to vulnerable groups in our community. 

Resources to help make it easier for people with disabilities to be involved in your station.

Presenting your case for volunteering and outlining what support your station can offer new volunteers. 

Updated resources to make volunteer recruitment safe and simple.

Research by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) shows 48% of women working in media have experienced intimidation, abuse or sexual harassment in the workplace and this troubling statistic hasn't changed much over the last two decades. What can your station do to create a safe station environment?

How to retain and reward staff and volunteers.

There are a variety of ways to get the word out that you are seeking to employ a paid staff member: your website, on-air, advertising in the local paper, through community networks and by word of mouth. Get tips inside.

The community broadcasting sector relies heavily on the contribution of volunteers for its operations and success. Key to recruiting and maintaining volunteer commitment and clarity of purpose is identifying and informing all volunteers of their rights and responsibilities in the station.

This research commissioned by the CBF provides data you can use to articulate the importance of your station to stakeholders and better understand your staff, volunteers and listeners.

How the CBAA can help

CBAA members can access HR support by way of forms, policies, contracts and agreements for use in their stations. Find out more.