National Telepresence System (NTS)

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 the security classification of SECRET.

All state and territory governments, and the DFAT, Defence, and Home Affairs SECRET networks are connected through this system, as are all Commonwealth Ministers and Departmental Secretaries.

  • There are 67 large room NTS facilities across Australia.
  • There are 211 personal Telepresence units installed in the offices of Ministers, Assistant Ministers, Departmental Secretaries and senior government officers.
  • 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 NTS to reduce parliamentarians and public servants' travel costs.

NTS supports audio and video connections for 29 agencies across the Australian Government and states and territories.   

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