Recognising the invaluable role community radio has made throughout the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government has maintained the sector’s funding at AUD$20.15m and $20.37m for 2021-22 and 2022-23, respectively.
According to the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, “This funding is the critical baseline to support community radio stations and sector-wide projects (like community digital radio, national training, multiplatform distribution, Amrap), and ensures our sector can continue its vibrant output and meet evolving community need.
“The CBAA is appreciative of the Australian Government’s support and continues work to secure additional funding of $5m to enhance our sector’s impact. We hear from our members that additional support is still needed: due to COVID-19, volunteers need to be re-engaged, and fundraising/sponsorship personnel invested in to reinvigorate income streams. We also know that many stations need to replace ageing infrastructure, or upgrade to better undertake emergency broadcasting.