Number and location of community broadcast licenses with an Indigenous interest
Data tables appear under figures
Number and location of community broadcast licences with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interest
Nationally, at 30 June 2022, there were 155 community broadcasting licences with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interest, of which 92 were long-term community radio broadcasting licences, and 63 were temporary community radio broadcasting licences. The majority of licences are located in regions determined by ACMA as remote (134), and almost half of all licences are in the NT (68) (figure SE17g.1).
Indicator data specifications
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have access to information and services enabling participation in informed decision-making regarding their own lives.
By 2026, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have equal levels of digital inclusion.
Number and location of community broadcast licences with an Indigenous interest
The measure is defined as:
Numerator — number and location of community radio broadcasting licences with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interest, as at 30 June
and is presented as a number.
National Agreement on Closing the Gap 2020; indicator included April 2021
Latest dashboard update for the indicator:
15 June 2023
Interpretation of change:
A high or increasing number is generally desirable as this indicates greater access to broadcasting services, but access to services should be considered in the context of population need and/or the geographic coverage of each broadcaster’s service.
Name: Community Radio Broadcasting Licences
Documentation (links): https://www.acma.gov.au/about-community-broadcasting-licences.
Provider name: Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Provider area: Community Broadcasting and Safeguards Section
Latest reporting period:
State and territory and Australia, by ACMA region.
The number and location of community radio broadcasting licences allocated under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interest refers to ACMA community interest categories of ‘Indigenous’ and ‘Torres Strait Islander’.
Community broadcasting services (as defined in the Broadcasting Services Act) hold a community broadcasting licence from ACMA. Where the service holds multiple licences, all licences are counted where the community interest is recorded by ACMA as ‘Indigenous’ or ‘Torres Strait Islander’.
Community radio broadcasting licences include:
Community radio broadcasting licences are counted as at 30 June, annually.
ACMA maintains its own categorisation of regions for the location of each broadcasting licence. Categories are metropolitan, regional and remote.
Data quality considerations:
Data on the number of TCBLs are not available for 2015 and 2016.
Community radio broadcasting licences are subject to the licence condition that the licensee will continue to represent the community interest that it represented at the time when the licence was allocated or last renewed.
Community radio broadcasting licences authorise the provision of a community radio broadcasting service in a specific geographic licence area. The geographic coverage of each licence may vary. The actual geographic coverage of the service may not be the same as the specified licence area.
See the ACMA website for further information about community broadcasting licensing: https://www.acma.gov.au/about-community-broadcasting-licences
Additional disaggregations required for future reporting: