Community television services are currently transmitted to the five mainland state capitals (Adelaide – 44 Adelaide, Brisbane – 31 Digital, Melbourne – C31, Perth – West TV and Sydney - TVS).
Community television services are transmitted on broadcasting spectrum known as the ‘sixth channel’ and their associated transmitter licenses issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) under the Radiocommunications Act 1992 are currently due to expire on 31 December 2014.
On 10 September 2014, the Minister for Communications announced that the Australian Government believes that the best outcome for community television in the future involves it using the Internet as its (exclusive) distribution platform. This will deliver wider audiences, at less cost on a wider range of devices and the ability to do more than linear broadcasting. To allow community television broadcasters time for this transition, the Government intends to extend the term of their transmitter licenses to 31 December 2015.