Australian community broadcasting is recognised internationally as one of the most successful examples of grassroots media. Community broadcasting amplifies the voice of Australians, providing a platform to share local stories through radio, television and digital. More than 55,000 hours of radio are broadcast each week across Australia with 34,000 hours of video content broadcast annually.
Community broadcasters carry voices and culture to every corner of Australia, actively engaging communities with local news, information, cultural content and entertainment. Many focus on specific areas of interest such as youth, music or education while others broadcast specialised content engaging ethnic, First Nations, religious and print disabled communities.
More than 450 community-owned radio stations and three community television producers are licensed around Australia by the Australian Community and Media Authority (ACMA). Community radio stations operate in towns and cities across Australia with the majority located in regional and rural areas.