Welcome to the Australian Audio Guide, a hand-picked companion to the best Australian audio content.
We’ve created a place for you to discover quality podcasts and radio programmes that speak to a variety of tastes. We want to celebrate innovative, interesting, and unique audio pieces – and the people who are creating them.
We recognise the creative skills that are needed to make great audio, and we’re interested in the many distinctive ways Australian voices are reflected in the conversations and ideas we share. In other words: there’s something going on here – and the guide is here to help us figure out exactly what that is.
We’re exploring Australian audio culture with regular interviews, features and listening suggestions. iOS and Android apps are coming soon; but for now, browse the guide by topic, meet some of the people who’re Working with Sound, or pick something at random and be pleasantly surprised!
The guide will be updated regularly, so keep your eyes peeled for our next great discovery. Thanks for joining us.
– Jon Tjhia (Wheeler Centre) and Kate Montague (Audiocraft)
The Australian Audio Guide is a collaboration between the Wheeler Centre and Audiocraft.
The Wheeler Centre presents 250+ public conversations each year – mostly in Melbourne, and mostly free – exploring fascinating, urgent and surprising conversations on every topic (including podcasting!). It’s also a innovative publisher of original ideas, via podcasts (such as Better Off Dead and The Fifth Estate, and the miniseries Housekeeping), videos and multimedia features. You can find the Wheeler Centre on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and wheelercentre.com. Sign up to their newsletter here.
Audiocraft is a community for Australian radio makers, podcasters and audio content creators. They host a yearly conference, a short feature competition, and listening parties, bringing together producers from the public, community and independent broadcast and podcast sectors. Audiocraft offer skills development and networking opportunities, and promote creativity and innovation within the Australian audio environment. You can find Audiocraft on Facebook, Twitter and audiocraft.com.au. Sign up to their newsletter here.
Jon Tjhia is the Wheeler Centre’s digital manager, responsible for publishing all things digital at wheelercentre.com. He’s a musician, sound designer, writer and radio maker whose work has been aired and shared internationally, and performed live on stage. He’s one of two co-founders of the Paper Radio podcast – a colourful set of audio stories, tall and true.
Kate Montague is the founder of Audiocraft. Her radio work has featured on ABC RN’s PocketDocs, Earshot and Long Story Short programmes, NPR’s Snap Judgment, FBi Radio’s All the Best and online publications such as Narratively. She teaches radio production, and is currently doing a creative practice PhD researching personal storytelling in radio documentaries and podcasts.
What’s the Australian Audio Guide for?
This is your guide to Australia’s best podcasts and radio features. It’s a place to discover Australian audio content – and learn more about the history, process and people behind it.
Why only Australian content?
There are a lot of great podcasts out there – a lot – but we specifically wanted to focus on Australian audio. What are Australians doing that’s unique? What do we have to offer listeners the world over – but also those just around the corner? And what influences our approaches to producing audio? These are questions we’ve been aching to ask.
What do you consider an ‘Australian’ podcast?
This is a tricky question for a bunch of reasons, and this is what we’ve come up with to get us started:
- It’s produced, for the most part, in Australia;
- It’s presented by an Australian, or commissioned by an Australian broadcaster/company/organisation;
- It’s produced with an Australian radio maker occupying a prominent, significant role.
If a podcast satisfies two of those three conditions, we consider that a good measure.
How can I suggest a podcast for the guide?
Please do! Scroll to the bottom of any page, click ‘suggest a podcast’ and let us know what you’ve found.
What criteria do you use when selecting works?
The guide is curated – not comprehensive – so not everything will be included. Instead, we’ll focus on sharing the most interesting, fun or creative listening with you, while aiming to present a balanced mix of different subjects and ideas.
Our basic criteria includes:
- Good quality audio;
- Creative, engaging, well-presented content;
- Influential or relevant ideas, on local or national levels;
- Compatibility with the topic areas featured on the guide; and
- Content that isn’t malicious, hateful or unlawful (to the best of our knowledge).
How often is the guide updated?
As we get started, we’ll update the guide twice a month, and publish new articles and interviews as often as possible.
Where can I find a more comprehensive guide to Australian audio content?
Glad you asked. There are a handful of places to look (let us know if you find others):
- Built over many years, OzPodcasts collects hundreds of podcasts made in Australia;
- Over at Reddit, there’s the subreddit /r/auspodcasts;
- Even the Australian Government has had a go, although admittedly it’s far from comprehensive; or
- You can check out which (not always, but often Australian) podcasts are popular on iTunes Australia’s charts here or here.
How can I get in touch with the guide’s editors?
If you want to recommend a podcast, use the ‘Suggest a podcast’ button in the footer of this page. For all other enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.