Keep the Community in your Radio Petition


Success! The Government has announced additional funding support of $12 million will be provided to the community broadcasting sector for to community digital radio, enhanced news and streaming services, and enhanced training. Find out more.

22 JUNE 2017 UPDATE:

A motion was passed in the Senate supporting community radio’s important role in providing a platform for diverse voices in an increasingly consolidated media landscape. Senators Hinch, Ludlam, Xenophon and Lambie moved that the Government should increase funding for community digital radio to $4.5m per annum in 2018/19 and commit to funding at that level on an ongoing basis.

4 MAY 2017 UPDATE:

The community broadcasting sector welcomed an announcement from Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield regarding increase in funding for the community radio sector over the next two years. The additional $6.1m funding is targeted for digital radio ($1.9m in 2017/18 and $2m in 2018/19) and a further $2.2m focused on support for stations affected by the reorganisation of the 803-960 MHz radio frequency band. Find out more.


In 2016, the Labor Party, the Australian Greens and the Nick Xenophon team announced that they would restore community radio funding if elected. The Keep Community Radio campaign sought support from all parties including the Coalition Government by maintaining funding to keep community radio stations broadcasting on digital radio.


The 2016 Federal Budget contained cuts of $1.4 million p.a., funding that was essential to community radio stations' continued broadcasting on digital in 5 capital cities. This put community radio’s standing alongside public and commercial broadcasters is at risk. 

The good news is that community radio has great community support and during this election campaign we’ll be speaking up loud and clear and calling for both the Coalition and Labor to restore the funding if they win government.

We passed the petition below on to government to show the community's support. 

The below was the message we shared via our petition:

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, as a supporter of community radio I’m asking you to reinstate funding to keep community radio on digital if you win government.

Community radio serves so many Australians; from radio reading for people with a print disability to programming in the different languages spoken across our country, to Indigenous broadcasters, faith based stations, regional stations and youth stations.

Please don’t leave community radio behind.

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  • signed 2017-10-21 15:39:46 +1100
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  • signed 2017-10-15 21:34:17 +1100
    Community radio provides variety and things you won’t hear on commercial radio …
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    cheryl ryan
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  • signed 2017-10-13 07:26:36 +1100
    Love Community Radio, I listen to 100.3 FM everyday. I start my day with Community Radio, and love the commentators.
  • signed 2017-10-13 00:36:18 +1100
    Been a broadcaster volunteer for 897fm Perth WA for 16 years. Variety is the key to radio and community radio offers far more of this than commercial out of touch stations. We always need funds to survive especially in downturns like now, so if you are offering please feel free to help. Regards The local yokel 897fm.
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  • signed 2017-10-13 00:18:29 +1100
    Cant do without my community radio always informative. A lifeine to the community
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  • signed 2017-10-12 20:23:48 +1100
    With media monopolies consuming free speech, community radio is the last bastion of real people talking about real issues. PLEASE don’t let it die!
  • signed 2017-10-12 20:19:57 +1100
    Lilani Thangiah
  • signed 2017-10-12 15:08:21 +1100
    Community radio is more than just radio. Its a great place for like minded people to share their music knowledge and have a place to fit in

    Local radio, local adds and local news- so good for smaller communities and visitors too, to be in the know about a place

    Money well spent on community radio- bringing people together!

    Jane Ryan
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    Helen Gibson
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  • signed 2017-10-11 23:49:15 +1100
    Keep up the good work – great music
  • signed 2017-10-11 22:43:40 +1100
    keep community radio
  • signed 2017-10-11 21:00:04 +1100
    The voice of and for the community is part of a vibrant democracy. Radio can provide companionship for those who may feel disconnected and for whom community radio provides a ‘sense of community and belonging’ so vital to maintaining wellbeing and a healthy emotional and mental outlook.
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