About the ACRAs


The Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) are held annually by Commercial Radio Australia.  The ACRAs, previously known as the RAWARDS were first held by FARB in 1989. Each year the ACRAs are held as part of the Awards weekend in either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

The ACRAs is the pinnacle event in the Awards weekend, which also includes the National Radio Conference. The Awards weekend is the only weekend of events in Australia dedicated to the commercial radio industry and is the largest gathering for commercial radio professionals in the southern hemisphere.

Now in their 31st year; the ACRAs are a celebration of the wealth of talent that drives the Australian Commercial Radio industry. The awards are designed to recognise excellence in all areas of radio broadcasting including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment.

All 36 award categories are peer judged, with judging panels comprised of industry members. Winners are awarded in each category across three divisions: metropolitan, provincial and country commercial radio stations. 

Host Cities

The Australian Commercial Radio Awards are held annually on the east coast of Australia. As part of The Awards weekend each year, the awards are held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

  • Sydney - 2012
    Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre 

  • Brisbane - 2013
    Royal International Convention Centre 

  • Melbourne - 2014 
    Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • Gold Coast - 2015
    Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • Melbourne - 2016
    Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • Melbourne - 2017
    Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • Melbourne - 2018
    Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Commercial Radio Australia

Commercial Radio Australia (formerly known as the Federation of Australian Radio Broadcasters – FARB) is the national industry body representing 260 commercial radio stations Australia-wide or 98% of the industry.

Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) is the representative voice for Australian commercial radio on all issues including digital radio; audience surveys (undertaken by GfK); legislative and regulatory issues; audience trends; radio brand marketing, copyright, broadcast fees and performing rights, and industry codes and standards.

CRA and individual broadcaster joint venture companies introduced DAB+ digital radio services to Australia. The industry body continues to drive the technical development of digital radio both in Australia and internationally.

More information about Commercial Radio Australia here