Got a podcast idea? ABC has $1 million in funding to bring your pitch to life

Think you have an idea that could become the next big Australian podcast hit?  Then the ABC wants to hear from you.

 In September, the ABC announced the launch of its one-million-dollar podcast fund aimed at finding up-and-coming Australian podcasters with great Australian stories to tell.

Submissions are now open for funding to work alongside the creative team at ABC Audio Studios to produce these distinctive and compelling podcasts.

Head of ABC Audio Studios, Kellie Riordan, said they were primarily looking for ideas that were original and entertaining and that reflected contemporary Australian life. “We already have a growing list of popular podcasts covering a wide range of topics and subjects including comedy, lifestyle and real-life crime. What we are seeking through this fund is something unique – something we haven’t heard before,” she said.“The pitches that will grab our attention will be ones that try different formats and feature different voices talking on diverse topics. They need to have a targeted or niche audience in mind – content that can find passionate followers who will share the word more widely in their specific communities.”There will be a series of stages in the podcast submission process.  The first submissions stage – open to all those who wish to pitch an idea – will run until November 17.A shortlist of pitchers will then be invited to hone their ideas with some help and advice from members of the ABC team.A final selection will be made early in the New Year when the successful podcasts will pitch directly to the commissioning panel.  Those podcasts selected for either production or piloting will be announced in late February.

To submit your idea, click here.


We are looking for podcasts that:

  • Are original, entertaining and something we haven’t heard before
  • Use a unique style and format
  • Feature different voices talking about diverse topics
  • Reflect contemporary Australia
  • Appeal to a targeted and niche audience
  • Can find passionate followers who will share the word

We are NOT looking for podcasts that:


  • Wednesday 25 Oct – Friday 17 Oct, 2017: Submissions open
  • Friday 1 Dec – Friday 15 Dec: Shortlisting, followed by a one-on-one session with ABC Audio Executive Producer.
  • Friday 5 Jan, 2018: Deadline for refined pitches to be submitted.
  • Friday 19 Jan: Final round pitch selections made and parties notified.
  • Monday 29 Jan – Friday, February 9: Direct pitch to Commissioning Panel
  • Late February: Announcement of successful podcasts


  • If you are pitching for the first time, here are some tips on how to do it well
  • If you’ve got any questions, email [email protected]

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