Annual Conference

Annual Conference

The NEMBC Conference will be held in Darwin, at the Doubletree Hilton on the Esplanade. This is a beautiful hotel with views of the bay and situated in the city, close to other accommodation and city activities.

The conference will be on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd of November and there will be a Youth Media Conference on Friday 31st of October. The Youth Media Conference was a great success last year in Brisbane and we are sure the youth will create another memorable event in Darwin.

The theme for this year is The Challenge of Change. It seems every year we face new challenges. Just recently we managed to maintain funds to ethnic community broadcasting against possible cuts. The ethnic sector responded strongly to proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act and we are still awaiting that outcome. The digital world of computers, the internet and smartphones are creating challenges that affect radio broadcasting. On a more local station level, creating new content weekly is a challenge for producers. We look forward to hearing about how you face the challenges of change.  

Register now and stay tuned as we will bring you more information about speakers, workshops and activities.

Come and participate in our conference and afterwards explore the wonders of Darwin and its surrounds.

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Who we are and what we do

The National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council (NEMBC) is a national peak body that advocates for multiculturalism and supports multilingual community broadcasting around Australia. The NEMBC contributes to media diversity in Australia by maintaining and connecting people to their language, culture and identity.

The NEMBC provides services and projects focussing on youth, women and new and emerging communities, not forgetting our very important established communities.

The role of the NEMBC is to:

The importance of ethnic community broadcasting in Australia

In every state capital there is a large multilingual community radio station and there are hundreds of general community radio stations in cities and towns broadcasting multilingual and multicultural programs. Community radio forms a large part of the media landscape, with 57% of Australians tuning in to community radio each month. Recent national surveys revealed that in an average week the sector produces 2,439 hours of multilingual language programs, a 40-hour increase from 2007, and broadcasts in over a 100 languages. This unique extensive network of locally produced programs provides a vital support for Australia's diverse communities.

Policy development and government lobbying

The NEMBC lobbies the federal government for additional funds for the ethnic community broadcasting sector. Providing a voice for multilingual broadcasters, the NEMBC advocates for maintaining and increasing the present level of funding and recognition for the sector. The NEMBC produces a number of policy submissions each year to the government in the areas of community broadcasting, multiculturalism, media diversity, human rights and social inclusion.

Programs and services

Through its national committees, membership of multilingual and multicultural programs and various projects, the NEMBC supports, assists and provides opportunities to develop multilingual and multicultural community broadcasting around the country. The NEMBC has Youth and Women’s Committees with representatives in each state and territory and the Youth and Women’s Officer manages a number of projects every year. The NEMBC provides a service for established language communities and runs special projects for new and emerging communities.

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