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 to develop multilingual community broadcasting and runs projects focussing on youth, women and new and emerging communities. For a full list of the NEMBC's activities click on the Services and Projects links above.
The role of the NEMBC is to:
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.
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.
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.