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, DFAT, Defence, and AGD are connected through this system, as are all Commonwealth Ministers and Departmental Secretaries.

  • There are 38 large room NTS facilities across Australia.
  • There are 130 personal Telepresence units installed in the offices of Ministers, Assistant Ministers, Departmental Secretaries and senior government officers.
  • From October 2009 to July 2017, the system has hosted more than 6700 meetings, and enabled an estimated 21 000 personal video calls.
  • Commonwealth, state and territory governments have saved an estimated $131 million over the last eight years by using NTS to reduce parliamentarians and public servants' travel costs; which has also meant that more than 24 700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions were not attributed to Australian governments.

For more information, support and advice contact the Client Service Centre
Phone: (02) 6215 1800

Last updated: 07 November 2017