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National Relay Service

If you are deaf and/or find it hard hearing or speaking with people who use a phone, the National Relay Service (NRS) can help you.

  • A call through the NRS lets you communicate with a hearing person who is using a phone even if you can't hear or don't use your voice.
  • The NRS has specially trained staff called Relay Officers who help with every call.
  • Depending on the type of call, a Relay Officer will change voice to text or text tovoice and AUSLAN to English or English to AUSLAN.
  • Relay officers stay on the line throughout each call to help it go smoothly, but don't change or get in the way of what is being said.
  • Except for calls made through Video Relay, the NRS is available 24 Hours a day, every day.
  • Depending on your hearing and speech, and equipment you have, you can choose from one or more relay call types.

National Relay Service user registration

From 20 April 2021, users will need to register to continue to use the NRS.

Registration starts from 20 January 2021.

To find out about more about NRS user registration:

The registration form can be completed online then printed or printed and completed by hand. Instructions about where to send the completed form are included at the end of the form.

What a typical relay call looks like

Call diagram representing a NRS Chat call. A NRS user with a computer types the message 'I'd like to enquire about the recently advertised job.' The relay officer speaks the message to the other person on the call, who speaks the reply 'Certainly, what would you like to know?' The relay officer types the response to the NRS user.

Which type of relay call is right for you?

 

If you are deaf, can't hear well and/or have difficulty using your voice

If you don't hear well but like to speak to the other person

If you can hear but can be hard to understand over the phone

If you prefer to use Auslan

 

NRS Chat
mobile devices and computer phone handset and comment box icons

SMS Relay
mobile device with comment box icons

TTY Type and Read
Keyboard with the word 'hello'.

NRS Captions
mobile devices and computer phone handset and comment box icons

TTY Speak and Read
Telephone handset connected to a keyboard. The word 'hello' is typed in.

Voice Relay
mobile devices and telephone and handset

SMS Relay Text and Listen
mobile device with comment icons and ear icon

TTY Type and Listen
phone handset and typewriter

Video Relay
mobile devices and computer and hand icons

Like to type?

 

 

 

 

Like to speak?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Auslan?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have some hearing and like to listen?

 

 

 

 

Like to read captions or text?

 

 

 

 

Need bigger print?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a call on the move?

 

 

 

More information

For more information about different types of calls through the NRS, see the Service Features page or these Fact Sheets which you can download and print.

24-hour relay call numbers:

Voice Relay number
1300 555 727

TTY number
133 677

SMS relay number
0423 677 767

Make other relay calls—all the numbers you need

Publications

Sign up (Register) to use the National Relay Service

The National Relay Service (NRS) collects personal information on the registration form for the purpose of delivering the service to people who are Deaf, hearing and/or speech impaired.

NRS—an introduction to relay calls

If you have difficulty hearing or speaking to people who use a phone, the National Relay Service (NRS) can help.

NRS—A call through the National Relay Service

If you work in a contact centre or as a receptionist, you may occasionally receive calls from your customers through the National Relay Service (NRS).