Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) is the peak body and the national representative organisation for community radio stations in Australia. The CBAA provide leadership, advocacy and support for members to actively provide independent broadcasting services and to build and strengthen local communities. The organisation provides advice and support to community broadcasters regarding a variety of issues.
The CBAA was born out of the Public Broadcasting Association of Australia (PBAA). That organisation was founded during the 1970s in response to the rapidly developing sector. Today its aims include providing quality advice, support and services to members to build station capacity and advancing the interests of the sector through policy leadership, advocacy and public campaigns.
Other functions of the CBAA include:
- member services & advice,
- policy formation,
- government and regulatory liaison,
- audience & sector research,
- program and music distribution,
- audio production,
- sector communications: CBX magazine and e-newsletters.
The CBAA also manages the following national, sector-wide projects:
CBAA members include fully licensed stations as well as groups aspiring to hold a permanent broadcast licence. At present the CBAA has over 280 member stations who are actively broadcasting nationwide. CBAA membership is not restricted to stations; other organisations and individuals who support the development of community broadcasting can also join as affiliate members.