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Temporary Community Broadcasting Licences (TCBL) - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to gain experience in community broadcasting by operating a temporary community service with the possible intent of applying for a full community broadcasting licence.

Broadcasting services provide programs that:

  • are intended to appeal to the general public (e.g. entertainment, sports, news, etc)
  • can be received using commonly available equipment (e.g. televisions and radios).

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 territory
  • satisfy the Agency that your entity is a suitable applicant and does not pose a risk of committing an offence under the Act, civil penalties or licence breaches
  • satisfy the Agency that it is not undesirable for the Commonwealth, State, Territory or a political party to be in control of a temporary community broadcasting licence.



Temporary licences may be allocated for a period of up to 12 months and cannot be renewed. If you wish to continue broadcasting under a temporary licence you must apply for a new temporary licence before the existing one expires.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

No fees are required.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Broadcasting Services Act 1992 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Australian Communications and Media Authority

Communications Infrastructure

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.