Community Broadcasting Licence: Radio and Television - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require one of these licences if you are operating as a community group who intends to provide non-profit community broadcasting services in the broadcasting services band.

Community broadcasting services are those that:

  • Provide programs that are intended to appeal to the general public (e.g. entertainment, sports, news, etc);
  • Are provided for community purposes;
  • Are not operated for profit or as part of a profit-making enterprise;
  • Provide programs that are able to be received by commonly available equipment (e.g. television and radios); and
  • Are made available free to the general public.

Community broadcasters are subject to certain licence conditions, ranging from general conditions which apply to all broadcasting services to more specific conditions such as for offering print disability radio services. They are also subject to any relevant program standards and industry codes of practice in the provision of services.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Be a company that
is formed

in Australia or in an external t


  • Satisfy the Agency that your entity suitable applicant and does not pose a risk of committing an offence under the Act, civil penalties or licence breaches; and
  • Represent a community interest.

These include:

  • The extent to which the proposed service would meet the existing and perceived future needs of the community within the licence area of the proposed service;
  • The nature and diversity of the interests of that community;
  • The nature and diversity of other broadcasting services within the licence area; and
  • The capacity of the applicant to provide the proposed service.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


5 years. This licence is renewable.



No fees are required.

Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Communications Infrastructure

Act(s) name

Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Community Broadcasting Section
Department of Communications and the Arts
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Communications Infrastructure

Mailing address:
Queen Victoria Building, Western Australia 1230


02 9334 7922


02 9334 7799

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