Entity Infrastructure and Services


The Technology & Procurement Division (TPD) supports the work of federal ministers, Australian Government entities and the Council of Australian Government (COAG) through the management and operation of secure, cost effective, innovative and practical telecommunications networks that build public sector capability and improve government operations.

Data Carriage Services

The Government Network Services (GNS) data carriage service facilitates the transmission of data over a dedicated communication network to connect geographically diverse locations across a nation-wide network.

GNS offers two types of data carriage services to help entities build capability and create cost savings and efficiencies: a service for unsecured data carriage and a service to carry data up to the PROTECTED classification level. For more information please contact the GNS Service Desk on (02) 6215 1800 or email: Servicedesk-GNSB@finance.gov.au.

Data Carriage Services sub-site

Last updated: 27 March 2017

GovLink (formerly FedLink)

FedLink is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connecting Australian Government entities. During 2017, entities will transition from FedLink to a upgraded network infrastructure called GovLink.

GovLink allows for the transmission and receipt of information securely up to and including the classification of PROTECTED. GovLink uses Infosec Registered Assessor Program (IRAP) accredited internet gateways to create a secure government intranet solution using public infrastructure.

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Intra Government Communications Network (ICON)

ICON delivers fast, unmetered, cost effective telecommunications services to Australian Government entities across the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

ICON is a point-to-point dark fibre connection providing unmetered connections between government buildings. ICON is security accredited for data transfer up to the PROTECTED classification, and ICON connections are speed and protocol independent which means that entities are free to independently assess their information security requirements and apply the technology that best meets their business needs and risks.

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National TelePresence System (NTS)

TelePresence is a secure, high definition, digital video conferencing system that provides a high-quality spatial audio and video experience for its users.

TelePresence offers secured communication and enhanced collaboration across the Australian Government at the federal and state level. It also offers significant costs avoided in travel, reduced carbon footprint and increased inter-government productivity.

For more information please contact the please contact the GNS Service Desk on (02) 6215 1800 or email: Servicedesk-GNSB@finance.gov.au.

National TelePresence System sub-site

Last updated: 16 May 2017