Member Benefits

Here are some of the many benefits members of the CBAA enjoy.

Advice and Support

We offer individual advice to CBAA members on all community broadcasting matters such as; broadcast law, copyright, training, station management, human resources, technical suppliers, programming, fundraising, tax, sponsorship, handling complaints and much more. There is lots of this information available on this web site.

Latest News

The CBAA keeps member stations in touch with sector news and developments in the following ways: fortnightly email newsletters, physical mailouts and our website.

The CBAA also publishes the community broadcasting industry's national magazine, the CBX.


The Community Radio Network (CRN) is the CBAA's program distribution service. Subscribers can access a selection of the best programs and segments from community radio  around the country to enhance local programming. These include the National Radio News, live current affairs with The Wire, the award-winning Good Morning Country breakfast show, festivals, and over 100 more specialist talks and music programs. Audio is delivered 24/7 via satellite, and through the associated Digital Delivery Network stations can automatically capture content via satellite and/or an online audio stream. CBF funding is available for set-up costs.

Technical Support

The CBAA Technical Consultant provides members with advice on technical matters such as studio design, acoustics, transmitter considerations, RF Hazards, variable conditions and more.


The CBAA is recognised as the national association representing the interests of community broadcasting licensees. As a member you have the power to influence the lobbying efforts made by the CBAA on your behalf. Such efforts include the migration to digital spectrum, strategies to attract government funding and legislation affecting the activities of community broadcasting licensees.

Sector representations are made by the CBAA to relevant government and industry bodies such as the Department of Boadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE), the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA), copyright agencies (APRA, AMCOS and PPCA), the media (ABC, SBS, Commercial Radio Australia, Free TV Australia, ASTRA) and unions (CPSU, MEAA).

CBAA Conference

The annual CBAA Conference for community broadcasters provides stations with an opportunity to network with over 250 community broadcasters. The CBAA also co-ordinates the CBAA Awards which acknowledges quality programming produced by CBAA member stations.

CBAA Duty Solicitor Program

The CBAA and Tress Cox Lawyers Australia have established a Duty Solicitor Program which provides CBAA member stations with access to a solicitor for a free 20 minute telephone consultation. The program will provide CBAA member stations with easy access to legal advice from solicitors with expertise in broadcasting and media law.

The CBAA Duty Solicitor Program application form is available here.

Community Broadcasting Dispute Resolution Initiative

The CBAA has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators of Australia (IAMA) to provide pro-bono mediation services to CBAA Members in the case of an internal dispute. To apply for this Service, please complete and submit the following form available here - it will be treated with the utmost confidence.

Please note, that only the President of the Board or a person delegated to manage the grievance is eligible to access this service.

Financial Benefits

The following financial benefits are available to CBAA Members only.

Reduced CRN Fees











0.6% of gross income + GST

Minimum charge is $150 + GST/Qtr

Maximum charge is $475 + GST/Qtr

$300 + GST in first year

$400 + GST in second and subsequent years until fully licenced

$150+GST (per year)

$800 + GST /qtr

$800 + GST (per year)

$475+GST (per year)

National Radio News

Receive a 25% discount for news on the hour. Member stations pay $209 - $484 per month for this news service. Non members pay an additional 25%. Over a year, a member can save up to $1100.


Established in 1969, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited is a national, non government, non-profit organisation that represents the interest of record companies and Australian recording artists. The CBAA has negotiated a 50% discount on PPCA fees on behalf of its members.

The CBAA has appointed of a new preferred insurance agent to assist member station’s with their insurance needs.
Scott Shepherd, a broker from All Australian Insurance Solutions (AAIS) and authorised representative of Insurance Advisernet Australia Pty Ltd (IAA) is on hand to provide stations with all types of cover required, tailored specifically to suit the needs of community broadcasters.  He can supply everything from Defamation, Public Liability, Property and Volunteer Insurance to Fraud and even Kidnap, Ransom & Extortion.
Several members have reported savings of 15% - 50% compared to their recent policies.
You can contact Scott any time for a commitment free insurance review and quote.  
M: 0450 958 445
The CBAA has partnered with Staples Stationery to offer member stations discounts on their purchases. Staples is an approved provider to pass on government pricing for not-for-profit organisations. Staples will also monitor the group's buying patterns and offer further discounts on the most frequently purchased products. Staples Stationery offers free overnight delivery for orders over $50 to 96% of the country if you place your order before 4pm. 
To use the service, fill in this form and return it to our Business Services Manager Rhonda Byrne. Once processed, you can access the online catalogue and can start ordering.