National Telepresence System (NTS)

The National Telepresence System (NTS) is a secure, high definition, digital video conferencing system that provides a high-quality spatial audio and video experience for its users. The NTS service operates on the Ministerial Communications Network (MCN) and enables meetings up to and including the security classification of SECRET.

All state and territory governments, and other government networks are connected through this system, as are all Commonwealth Ministers and Departmental Secretaries.

  • There are 20 Large Telepresence facilities across Australia.
  • There are 32 Standard Telepresence Facilities Across Australia.
  • There are 231 personal Telepresence units installed in the offices of Ministers, Assistant Ministers, Departmental Secretaries, senior government officers, and other government staff.
  • From October 2009 to December 2022, the system has hosted more than 11,088 meetings, and enabled an estimated 62,000 personal video calls.
  • Commonwealth, state, and territory governments have saved an estimated $190 million over the last eleven years by using the NTS to reduce parliamentarians and public servants’ travel costs.

The NTS supports audio and video connections for 29 agencies across the nation. Telepresence Facilities can be accessed by government staff of all levels.

To find more information regarding Telepresence facilities and how to access them, contact the MCN Service Desk. To book a Telepresence facility, visit the Online Booking System.


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