Staff & Volunteers


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 22,000 volunteers across Australia giving time to their local station. That's an average of 74 volunteers per 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.

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.

Succession planning is vital in any organisation, but especially in a volunteer-run one.

What's a technologist, what drives them, where do they come from, and how do you train them and keep them?

An induction session, designed around your station's unique needs, can ensure all parties are on the same page from the get go.

Get all the facts on how people give their time, why and the challenges they face with this factsheet.

Ensure your station's compliance and help create healthy environments for young people.

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.