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Apply for a community radio licence

We advertise all opportunities to apply for a community broadcasting licence. You must represent the interests of the community to apply.

Who can apply

Companies can only apply if they:

  • formed in Australia or an Australian territory
  • represent a community interest.

‘Companies’ in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 includes:

  • incorporated associations 
  • companies limited by guarantee.

It is not appropriate for other companies to hold a community licence. This includes:

  • certain cooperatives 
  • companies limited by shares.

How to apply

You can only apply after we advertise applications in the print and online media.

Community broadcasting licences are valid for 5 years.

Temporary community broadcasting licences may be available. These last up to 12 months. If we give you a temporary licence, this does not guarantee we will give you a long-term community licence. 

How we assess your application

For long-term community broadcasting licences, we assess:

  • how well the proposed service would meet the community’s current and future needs 
  • the interests in that community
  • how well the services would provide material that is significant to the local community
  • other broadcasting services in that licence area, including national services 
  • whether the applicant is able to provide the proposed service.

We also consider whether this licence would lead to a situation we don’t want such as:

  • one person in control of more than one community broadcasting service in the same licence area
  • the Commonwealth, a state or territory or a political party in control of a community broadcasting licence.

After we give you a licence

If we give you a licence, you must start to broadcast within one year unless we agree to a longer date.

We allocate community broadcasting licences under Part 6 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.

Applications open

Applications invited for analog Taree RA3 community radio broadcasting licence

The ACMA invites applications for an analog community radio broadcasting licence in the Taree RA3 licence area in New South Wales.

Download the application form and application pack:

Closing date

You must lodge your application by midnight (AEST), Friday 30 April 2021.

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted. (Please note that the closing date has been extended from Friday 16 April to 30 April 2021.)

Who can apply

Companies that:

  • are formed in Australia or in an external territory
  • represent a community interest.

How to submit an application

email: communitybroadcasting@acma.gov.au.

post: Taree community radio licence

Community Broadcasting and Safeguards Section
The ACMA
PO Box Q500
Queen Victoria Building NSW 2230

More information

Find out more about community licence allocations.

Contact the ACMA’s Community Broadcasting and Safeguards Section:

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