Peak bodies

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) is the national peak body for community radio stations. The CBAA provides leadership, advocacy and support for our members to facilitate independent broadcasting services and to build and strengthen local communities.

The CBAA strives to be a flexible, forward thinking, diverse, vibrant and effective representative organisation, focused on developing strong communities through local, diverse and accessible broadcasting.

The CBAA undertakes many activities, including:

  • Member services & advice
  • Policy formation
  • Government and regulatory liaison
  • Audience & sector research
  • Program and music distribution
  • Audio production
  • Sector training
  • Sector communications: CBX magazine and e-newsletters. 

As the national representative organisation for community stations, it is the aim of the CBAA to remain responsive by providing quality membership services and by maintaining strong communication with and among our diverse members and stakeholders.

CBAA members include fully licensed stations as well as groups aspiring to hold a permanent broadcast licence. At present the CBAA has over 270 member stations who are actively broadcasting nationwide. CBAA membership is not restricted to stations; other organisations and individuals who support the development of community broadcasting can also join as affiliate members. 

The CBAA aims to:

  • Promote the values of the community broadcasting sector through practical actions
  • Build station capacity by providing quality advice, support and services to members
  • Advance the interests of the sector through policy leadership, advocacy and public campaigns
  • Enhance our communications strategies to raise awareness and knowledge of the sector
  • Increase organisational capacity to reflect best practice and facilitate sustainable growth.

First Languages Australia

First Languages Australia works to ensure that the wishes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members are voiced in key decision-making processes that impact on the current and future management of their languages. This will in turn shape the survival of Australia's traditional languages into the future.

The organisation facilitates discussions between communities and the government and key non-government partners whose work affects, or could affect, Australia's Indigenous languages.

By supporting communication within the language network, First Languages Australia works to help colleagues share their experience, resources and expertise and to encourage sustainable partnerships that support the broad spectrum of  Indigenous language endeavours.

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is Australia’s peak body for consumer representation and advocacy in communications. We represent residential consumers and small businesses including not-for profit organisations in so far as they are consumers. ACCAN focuses on goods and services encompassed by the converging areas of telecommunications, the internet and broadcasting, including both current and emerging technologies.

We aim to empower consumers to make good choices about products and services. As a peak body, ACCAN will activate its broad and diverse membership base to campaign to get a better deal for all communications consumers. Member groups include community legal centres, disability advocates, indigenous organisations, financial counsellors, regional organisations, farmers’ federations, parents groups, seniors organisations and other individual members.

Association of Northern, Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists

ANKAAA is the peak advocacy and support agency for Aboriginal artists and Art Centres located in the regions of Arnhem Land, Top end, Kimberley and the Tiwi Islands.

The core mission of ANKAAA defined by the members and Board of Directors in December 2007 is to serve our members  by working together to:

  • keep art, culture and country strong;
  • support the development of strong sustainable art centres;
  • develop training and professional pathways for young people to learn;
  • keep our voices strong and respected; and
  • support the continuing development of the Indigenous arts industry for our artists.

This is achieved through working with members,  Art Centres’ governing committees and staff in the following areas:

  • Consultation (listening to members)
  • Advocacy & Lobbying (talking up for members and Art Centres; protecting artists’ rights)
  • Resourcing and supporting  (helping and giving information)
  • Training (teaching)
  • Referral and networking  (putting members in touch with each other and other organisations and resources)
  • Marketing and Promotion (telling people about Art Centres and artists)


Desart is the non-profit peak industry body for over forty Central Australian Aboriginal art centres.

Art centre members are community-based enterprises, owned and managed by Aboriginal people in their communities. They provide economic, social and cultural benefits. Desart member’s represent approximately 3000 artists, from sixteen distinct language groups spread across the Central desert region of Australia.Based in Alice Springs, Desart has been providing support services for art centres for the last twenty years. Desart provides a united voice for art centres and delivers programs that support the maintenance of strong governance and business practices, in addition to providing opportunities to market and promote art. Desart provides a conduit for broad engagement with remote art centres and has developed a national reputation for being a strong advocate to Governments and the broader arts industry, highlighting the unique position Aboriginal art centres hold in the national arts and cultural landscape, their successes, needs and challenges .