Community Broadcasting Sector Sustainability Review

The department is seeking feedback on the sustainability of the community broadcasting sector, including funding, administration and regulation for the Community Broadcasting Program and Indigenous Broadcasting and Media Program.

Why we want your input

The Australian Government recognises the valuable service provided by the community broadcasting sector.

Community broadcasting contributes to the diversity of the broadcasting sector, and serves local communities and interest groups, with content distinct from commercial, subscription or national broadcasters.

The views and ideas of the sector and the communities they serve are valuable to help inform reform options for the Australian Government’s consideration.

How you can voice your opinion

Please email us at to attend one of the below stakeholder consultation workshops.

Please read the discussion paper and upload your submission via the Have Your Say button below, or email your submission to The submissions period closes on Friday, 30 August 2024 at 5.00pm AEST.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will help to inform reform options to ensure a sustainable future for the Community Broadcasting Program and Indigenous Broadcasting and Media Program.

The Issue

Community broadcasting services operate at the heart of local communities, with staff and volunteers working to deliver local news, tell local stories, and provide a platform for diverse voices and Australian music that is essential to a well-informed and inclusive society.

As part of the 2022 Federal Budget, the Australian Government committed to providing vital support for community broadcasting. This included working with the sector to identify a sustainable funding basis for the future. As a result, the government announced a two-phase Community Broadcasting Program (CBP) Evaluation and Sustainability Review.

Phase 1 commenced in March 2023 with an independent evaluation of the CBP. The evaluation found that while the CBP is mostly effective and has a range of positive impacts, it is only partially achieving its objectives. There are opportunities to increase sector capacity, resilience and self-sufficiency.

Phase 2 seeks to identify reform options by gathering views and ideas on funding, administration and legislative environments for the CBP and the Indigenous Broadcasting and Media Program. As part of Phase 2, we're seeking your views on the community broadcasting sector to inform options for government consideration.

Relevant information


21 Jun 2024 09:00 AEST
30 Aug 2024 17:00 AEST
days remaining 37 of 70


Please contact the Community Broadcasting team at if you would like to attend one of the below consultations workshops. To ensure all attendees get a chance to share their views, we ask that you only send one person from your service.

Location or station type Date Time Type
Darwin Friday, 21 June 2024 2:00pm–4:00pm ACST Face-to-face
Melbourne Tuesday, 2 July 2024 2:30pm–4:30pm AEST Face-to-face
Sydney Wednesday, 10 July 2024 10:00am–12:00pm AEST Face-to-face
Brisbane Thursday, 18 July 2024 10:00am–12:00pm AEST Face-to-face
Perth Monday, 22 July 2024 12:00pm–2:00pm AWST Virtual
Adelaide Monday, 29 July 2024 10:00am–12:00pm ACST Virtual
Other metropolitan stations Tuesday, 6 August 2024 2:00pm–4:00pm AEST Virtual
Regional stations Wednesday, 14 August 2024 9:00am–11:00am AEST Virtual
Regional stations Thursday, 15 August 2024 2:00pm–4:00pm AEST Virtual
Rural/remote stations Tuesday, 20 August 2024 2:00pm–4:00pm AEST Virtual


We invite you to tell us your views on this topic.

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Community broadcasting sector sustainability review

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the department) is collecting information for the purposes of a review of the sustainability of community broadcasting sector, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The department will use this information to inform consideration of issues associated with the community broadcasting sector sustainability review and will store this information securely. It may be used by the department to make further contact with you about the review.

The department will not disclose information to third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the department's website unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including the author's name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • where required by law.

The department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

The department's privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the department and contact details for the Privacy Officer.