Annual Conference

Annual Conference

The NEMBC 2014 Conference on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 November and Youth Media Conference on Friday 31 October brought together broadcasters of all ages and backgrounds, along with academics, journalists, community representatives and parliamentarians.

Darwin was the perfect location for our members from around the country to gather, network, develop their skills and share ideas and strategies for building not only ethnic community radio, but strengthening multiculturalism. It was a privilege not only to meet on the land of the Larrakia people but also to have Radio Larrakia covering the conference and Traditional Owner Dr Donna Odegaard as a keynote speaker.

You'll find full coverage of the conference at the 2014 eChamps site.

Conference Sponsors

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CBF Structure and Governance Review

NEMBC - CBF Structure and Governance Review

Ethnic community broadcasting will lose its voice, if the CBF accepts the Nous report findings. Please read and respond.


Job Vacancy: Admin Officer

NEMBC - Job Vacancy: Admin Officer

We're now taking applications for the NEMBC Administration Officer position.


Find Your Local Radio Station

NEMBC - Find Your Local Radio Station

The map above shows community radio stations across Australia. Please zoom in to your location to find stations in your area.


The Ethnic Broadcaster

NEMBC - The Ethnic Broadcaster

Spring 2014 issue out now!


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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