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 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.

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?

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 a healthy environment for young people.

LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bi, trans and/or intersex) people face unique challenges when working or volunteering that other members of the public may not face.

A guide to better understanding volunteers from Indigenous communities, an opportunity for community radio stations.

A guide to better understanding volunteers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, an opportunity for community radio stations.

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.