Searching for broadcasters | ACMA

Searching for broadcasters

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If you’re having trouble finding the broadcaster you’re looking for with our search tools, read on for some helpful tips.


The search by postcode function relies on postcode boundaries in the Census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Censuses.

  1. The ABS postcode boundaries don't always perfectly match Australia Post's delivery areas, which can lead to misleading results.

  2. Postcodes entering use from January 2006 are not included in the Census data, and will not be found.

  3. Postcodes whose delivery areas have changed since December 2005 may also not return the expected results.

  4. If your postcode changed after December 2005, you should try the old postcode for your location.

  5. Australia Post also uses postcodes for special delivery arrangements, such as private boxes at larger Post Offices. Because these postcodes aren't associated with a delivery area, they are not included in the ABS data and will not be found.

Place names

  1. Place names available for selection in the Search by place name function are defined by the ABS from the 2006 Census. This is not a complete representation of place names and the names of suburbs are not included.


  1. Licence area name - The geographic area specified by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) each broadcaster is licensed to serve - see Licence areas overview for more information.


  2. Call sign - The transmission identifier allocated by the ACMA to each licensed broadcaster in Australia.


  3. On air ID - How each broadcaster identifies their transmission, if they choose not to use the callsign to identify their transmission - see the example below.


Contacting the broadcaster

If you need to contact the broadcaster for further information, look at the contact list for Radio & TV stations licensed to broadcast in your area.


The broadcasters search function does not support searching of narrowcasting services in Australia, however you can download a list of narrowcasting services.

Last updated: 15 March 2019