Community radio broadcasting stations are regulated, promoted and supported by a number of agencies and organizations. Here is a list of those who are of particular significance to the operation of FM107.5:
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) represents the community broadcasting industry at meetings with government. The CBAA’s Codes of Practice provide a basis for the operation of community radio stations. In particular, the CBAA operates the Community Radio Network (CRN) which provides stations with additional free-to-air programs.
The Community Broadcasting Foundation Ltd pro-actively supports community broadcasting stations with advice and supplementary funding for the purchase and operation of station equipment and infrastructure.
The National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcaster’s Council (NEMBC) supports the promotion and broadcasting of ethnic and multicultural community programs. Every year representatives of Australia’s community radio stations attend a conference to gain industry contacts, information, social interaction and to highlight their concerns and experiences.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority licenses and regulates all Australian radio stations. ACMA’s staff assist media organisations and individuals to navigate and submit the licencing documents and to help with compliance within those licences.
The Southern Community Broadcasting Association (SCMA) is committed to the development of the community broadcasting sector. It supports and assists members across Australia via training, workshops, technical support etc. and in the CERN (Community Emergency Radio Network). This independent organisation also provides a special ‘loan scheme’ to members who need to urgently replace equipment.
AIR News (Australian Independent News) provides us with hourly news broadcasts from 6am to 8pm Eastern Standard Time.