Who we are

What kind of radio station is 3CR? Find out who's involved and our radical historyRead our latest Annual Report 2023. Or check out 'A Community Organisation's Guide to 3CR'. Or read our Strategic Plan 2020-2025

In 2016, the station published a book that is now available for sale. 'Radical radio: Celebrating 40 years of 3CR' documents the station's rich history and political and social activism.

"3CR community radio provides a media space enabling progressive communities to voice ideas and build their power to create social change" (statement of purpose, 2016)

Check out a short film exploring 3CR's radical history and its radical present. Combining archival audio and film with snapshots of today, take a journey through significant historical coverage of political events that affected Melbourne, told from the voice of dissent, 3CR. Created by filmmaker Stephan Raabe as part of the 'Local Air' Community Radio Documentary Series produced by Open Channel. Watch it now! 

What you hear on community radio is governed by the Community Radio Codes of Practice. The Codes of Practice cover matters relating to pro­gram content, including local content, news, current affairs, Australian music content, programs for chil­dren and the responsibilities associated with broad­casting to the community. They also cover aspects such as community access and participation in the operation of this service. Copies of the Community Radio Codes of Practice are available from the Com­munity Broadcasting Association website, www.cbaa.org.au

About 3CR 

3CR is a dynamic, community hub that has produced radio since 1976. Currently we have over 400 volunteers, 2 full-time staff members and 5 part-time staff members.

3CR broadcasters present around 120 radio programs every week, with 20 community language shows in 13 different languages, and 10 hours of Indigenous programming, and listeners can tune in on 855AM, 3CR Digital, stream live online or via an app, access audio on demand or download podcasts of our shows.

The radio station was established in 1976 to provide a voice for those denied access to the mass media, particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people and the many community groups andcommunity issues discriminated against in and by the mass media.


3CR broadcasts from the Stolenwealth Games 2006


Many 3CR broadcasters are community activists and therefore uniquely placed to present alternative current affairs, news and views.

3CR stages a number of special broadcasts annually to promote human rights issues including Aboriginal rights, women’s rights and worker’s rights.

When major social justice events are happening in Melbourne such as strikes, rallies and demonstrations 3CR is usually the first place socially justice minded people tune into. Read about our story below.



3CR IWD 2012


Over 400 volunteer programmers present more than 120 programsthat go to air each week. The station broadcasts in approximately 13 languages including English, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Unlike almost all other media organisations in Australia, 3CR is genuinely owned by the community - by the groups and individuals who broadcast, and by the people who listen to the station.

Find out about volunteering.



Applecore Live Outside Broadcast



3CR actively discriminates in favour of independent Australian artists and composers, and plays at least 55% Australian music.


Tent Embassy 2012

3CR provides programming of interest to a broad general audience and to specific interests groups. 

The expertise of presenters comes from their involvement in issues and their activism in the community. 

Groups broadcasting on 3CR cover the areas of social justice, the environment, ethnic communities, the arts and music, and trade unions.


Program Policy

3CR was established to provide a voice for communities and issues denied access to the mass media, particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people.

3CR Programs are either Station Programs initiated by individuals or groups who approach the station or, Affiliate Programs (presenters come from one organisation whose interests they represent).

Our affiliated organisations are AMIDA, Anarchist Media Institute Armenian General Benevolent Union, Australia Asia Worker Links, Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, Borderlands Cooperative, Campaign for International Cooperation and Disarmament, CEPU Electrical Division, CEPU Plumbing Division, Ceylon Tamil Association Victoria, CFMMEU Construction & General Division, Council for the Defence of Government Schools, Dardi Munwurro, Darfur Community Association of Australia, Ethiopian Community Association, Federation of Community Legal Centres, Friends of the Earth, Friendship Australian Egyptian Association, Green Left Weekly, Housing for the Aged Action Group, Latin American Info Centre, Maritime Union of Australia, Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church, United Workers, Prosper Australia, SUWA, The Boite, Tenants Union Victoria, Victorian Jazz Club, Voice of West Papua, Wellways Australia Ltd.

Read more about programming.


3CR is financially independent, relying on memberships and donations for financial support. We do not advertise, nor do our programmes rely on commercial sponsorship (effectively this is advertising). Government funding is accepted in the form of one-off grants for specific projects or programs, as well as grant money through the Community Broadcasting Foundation. The station welcomes paid announcements from community groups, local council and government as well as encouraging program sponsors. 


3CR is owned by the Community Radio Federation Ltd., which is made up of Affiliate, Station Worker and Subscriber representatives. An elected management committee is responsible for policy development, correspondence and reports, the budget, and employment of staff.

3CR produces an annual report each calendar year, available for download here (pdf reader required).

2023 Annual Report 

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report 

2018 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report 

2010 Annual Report 

2009 Annual Report

2008 Annual Report

2007 Annual Report

The station has a range of governing policies. If you would like more information about 3CR's policies please contact the station.

3CR Inclusion and Diversity Policy

3CR Sexual Harassment Policy

3CR Anti-Bullying Policy 

Umbrella Cartoon by Darcy Hudson

3CR's current website was most recently redeveloped in  2012. The 3CR Web Team is made up of volunteers Nicky Stott, Christie Stott, John Jacobs, Nina Buchanan, Ruben Endean, Jason D'Souza and web developer Lucas Hodge from Media Insights. The Webteam is coordinated by 3CR Projects Coordinator Juliet Fox.  Please email us if you have any comments or would like to join the team! 

Previous incarnations of the website were achieved with the hard work of volunteers Jane Curtis, Glenn Todd, Greg Craske, Elanor McInerney, Tom Civil, Nicole Hurtubise and former staff member Bree McKilligan.  2008 work on the website was supported by a grant from the Community Broadcasting Foundation

Cartoon above by Fiona Katauskas, a former 3CR volunteer.