Digital radio

Digital radio services have commenced in some parts of Australia, where they operate alongside existing analogue AM and FM radio services. While digital radio technology offers higher audio quality and more services, it does not always achieve the same coverage as AM radio services. Unlike television, there are no plans to switchover to digital-only radio.

Digital radio availability

Digital radio services are transmitted by commercial, community and national broadcasters in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Trial broadcast services are also currently available in Canberra and Darwin.

Information on where digital radio is transmitted and the services offered in each city is available on the radio industry website.

Do you need a new radio?

Digital radio is not currently available in all areas, so you should first confirm these services are transmitted in your area before you consider buying a digital radio. 

In order to receive digital radio services, you will need a digital receiver or a device with a Digital Audio Broadcasting Plus (DAB+) chip in it. Information on DAB+ receiver models and their retailers is available on the radio industry website.

Reviews into digital radio

The Department conducted two statutory reviews into digital radio services in Australia, which considered the regulatory regime and technologies.

As part of the review process, the Department released a digital radio discussion paper in December 2013. The review report was released in July 2015.

Feedback on the report is welcome and can be sent to