Several federal cabinet ministers have been granted border exemptions to fly to Canberra in order to attend an urgent top-secret meeting.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne who are currently in Washington for a series of meetings are said to have joined via video link.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese and three other senior shadow ministers were also briefed and Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to address the nation at 7am AEST.

US President Joe Biden is set to make a nation security announcement involving Australia at the same time.

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