The results of each survey are decided by votes cast by the listeners of the radio station.
Each November on ABC Classic FM is Australian music month, where Australian artists are heavily promoted.
This includes more Australian composition broadcast every day; some free, limited-entry concerts around the country; all-Australian albums of the week; and lots of live Australian concerts.
ABC Classic FM has long featured contemporary music from Australia and internationally, in part through its specialty programs New Music Australia and New Music Up Late, through its long-standing ties to the European Broadcasting Union, its ongoing podcasts and many live or studio recordings.
In common with all ABC Radio stations (other than Triple J, which operates its own service), it also carries news bulletins produced by ABC News.
ABC Classic FM was established in 1976 as "ABC-FM", and later for a short time was known as "ABC Fine Music" (a play on the letters FM), before adopting its current name.
It was the ABC's first experiment in FM broadcasting – which had become a necessity in Australia as broadcasters ran out of AM frequencies on which to transmit.
ABC Classic FM was inspired partly by the example of BBC Radio 3.
ABC Classic FM's studios were established at the ABC studios in Collinswood, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia.
The ABC's decision to establish ABC Classic FM in Adelaide was significant because most of the ABC's radio and television national program origination infrastructure is located in Sydney.
ABC Classic FM broadcasts classical music, operas, recitals and live concerts.
Live music is a major feature of ABC Classic FM schedule.