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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    Please keep the support for community radio where it was. Community radio is important for many reasons.
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    I would be very disappointed if I lost Community Radio
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    Community Radio is a great comfort to many people, especially the elderly and lonely. Please reconsider the importance of this worthwhile service.
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    Community radio = community inclusion, community inclusion helps combat mental health issues and social isolation. Community radio reaches out to our diverse community, it reaches members of our community commercial radio doesn’t. We love community radio, it serves our wonderful diverse nation.
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    I have just bought a DAB radio and the main reason for this was to listen to Three D radio.
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    In a real democracy the funding of community services is what should be done. Just make the rich pay their fare share of tax and don’t get me started on the various corporate backed councils, think tanks and lobbyists, all trying, and succeeding, in routing democracy. If I here another right wing debate about budget repair which only targets the wider community and not those that really have the money I am going to scream. Even the ABC kowtows to this line of thinking. Economics is politco-social science (read not science). The ratings agencies are corrupt (sub-prime mortgage packed securities anyone) and politcally driven. Austerity is just the greedy trying to take back all that we have gained through struggle.
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    Community Radio is a very essential utility for communications throughout our local region. OUR Radio has information available especially when disasters hit the region and the broadcasting is always reliable.
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