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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    I have been living in Perth for the past eight years previously being based in the Uk. I have been involved at RTRFM92.1 as a listener, volunteer and broadcaster. I can honestly say it is the cultural heartbeat of this city and without it Perth would be a much poorer place. Through RTR I have not only become involved in many different and wonderful cultural experiences but I have also met almost all of my circle of friends and acquaintances.

    To lose this vital and incredibly diverse hub would have a devastating impact on the city. Please reconsider the budget cuts as this decision would be tragic and ultimately have a negative impact on the lives of over 10% of the cities population.
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    Once again proving that Liberal governments favour commercial interests over communities. Malcs, ScoMo, et al, do you not remember what happened last time a government tried to defund community radio?
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    As a presenter of on a community radio station showing music from around the world and local Australian artists, I can honestly say Community radio brings so much not only to myself but to the listeners and our local bands. It is a different perspective and celebrate multiculturalism every moment we are on-air. I cannot imagine this being present on mainstream radio and who will support our local artists?
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    Cutting this funding would detrimental to an important and much loved local radio community.
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    As a supporter of community radio I’m asking the Australian Government to reinstate funding to help digital community radio. Community radio ensures, strong, vibrant communities and contributes significantly to what makes Australia great. Our communities deserve their voice to be heard on the digital radio platform.
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