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Temporary community broadcasting licence guidelines

The ACMA has developed this guide to assist:

  • aspirant community broadcasters to apply for a temporary licence
  • existing temporary licence holders to comply with their statutory obligations.

(Guidelines current at June 2023.)

Applications for temporary community broadcasting licences

The Broadcasting Services Amendment (Community Radio) Act 2022 changed our responsibilities for the allocation of temporary community broadcasting licences (TCBLs).

We updated the TCBL guidelines in June 2023 to reflect the changes.

If you have any questions about the impact of the new legislation on the way we consider TCBL applications, please email

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