22 June 2017 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.

Fifield announces funding

4 May 2017 Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield announced an increase in funding for community radio of $6.1m over the next two years. The additional targeted funding is 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. Read more.


27 April 2016 Independent Senator for South Australia and Nick Xenophon Team founder and leader Nick Xenophon told Radio Adelaide and The Wire that he would take his support for community radio funding to the election campaign.

When asked about his commitment for restoring $1.4 million in Federal Budget funding to ensure community radio stations remained on the digital broadcasting spectrum, he gave his support and said ‘I want this to be an election issue.”   


2 June 2016 The Labor Party has made an announcement on Sydney’s FBi Radio that if elected in the upcoming Federal election, they would restore funding for community radio’ announced Shadow Minister for Communications Jason Clare.

Mr Clare was joined by Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek and Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese live in the FBi studios, and was interviewed by Backchat’s Heidi Pett & Dom O’Connor, presenter for Arvos. Hear the to the full announcement & interview on FBi Radio’s Airit pages.

A media release via the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia can be found here.


2 June 2016 Adam Bandt, The Greens Federal Member for Melbourne announced with PBS 106.FM in Melbourne, that they would restore community radio funding – asking over Twitter ‘for the Libs to change their mind too.’ 

A media release via the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia can be found here

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  • commented 2016-07-19 16:15:39 +1000
    Now, more than ever, do we need to keep our communities voices strong.
    A platform accessible to everyone, a way of sharing our story.
  • commented 2016-06-27 21:27:39 +1000
    Clearly, Australian Digital Radio Broadcasting is a success, so it is high time for it to move past its initial experimental roll-out and instead expand across the nation.
    I call upon the CBAA as the peak body for Community Radio in Australia to press the Federal Government to undertake such a roll out post-election.
    And following Analog TV switch-off, there is now sufficient bandwidth to allow the Community Radio sector to host its OWN Digital Multiplexes, rather than being obliged to pay commercial rates for a paltry 2/9th of each Commercial Multiplexer.
    Currently, the Federal Government subsidizes Digital Community Broadcasters by way of annual grants to the tune of $100,000 FOR EACH PARTICIPATING COMMUNITY STATION which goes straight into the pockets of the Commercial operator! If just one year’s worth of those access fees were redirected, it could allow the purchase and set up of a Community Owned multiplexer in each of the existing Service Areas so as to provide 100% per such multiplexer for Community Station use, rather than 2/9th or 22% as at present.
    This would surely be a “win” both for Government AND the Community Radio Sector because Multiplexers owned and operated by Community Radio interests would not need such a large on-going Federal Government hand-outs to operate, and would allow many more Community Stations to access the Digital Radio spectrum without gross additional expenditure.