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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:

  • 1 person in control of more than 1 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 1 year unless we agree to a longer date.

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

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