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Nova Systems to Exhibit at Land Forces 2018

Sep 3, 2018

Nova Systems will be exhibiting at the upcoming Land Forces Conference, held in Adelaide South Australia, 4-6 September.

Presented in collaboration with the Australian Army, LAND FORCES 2018 is an international industry exposition to showcase equipment, technology and services for the armies of Australia and the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

Nova Systems will be exhibiting on the Defence SA stand at the entrance of the main hall, and showcasing our Test and Evaluation, and Verification and Validation solutions that can provide significant positive impacts on programs timely delivery, profitability and success.

To find out more about our Land & Emergency Services offering, or to speak to our Program Manager – Ian Lawrence, visit our Land & Emergency Service webpage here.

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Nova Group places #10 in the 2018 Best Places to Work

Aug 30, 2018

Nova Group – Nova Systems Parent Company – is delighted to announce today at placing #10 in the Best Places to Work Study, Top 50 companies in Australia, 2018.

For the seventh time in nine years, the company has achieved a Top 50 place in the prestigious awards, cementing the Nova Group’s commitment to providing a company that is built on culture, values and people as the company continues to grow.

On receiving the news that Nova Group has once again been recognised as a Great Place to Work, Nova Group CEO, Greg Hume said “I am proud and honoured to lead a company focused on continuing to evolve our employee value proposition through initiatives aimed at providing a flexible and supportive work environment.”

“Achieving a ranking within the Top 50 is testament to the commitment of our people to provide a culture of inclusivity and diversity and who uphold Nova’s values.”

The Best Places to Work study is widely acclaimed in Australia. Based on one of the world’s most comprehensive studies of workplace culture by Great Place to Work Australia, the quality of this year’s study was higher than ever.

Great Place to Work Australia, part of Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures.

Nova Group acts as the parent company for professional services provider Nova Systems, civil aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace, Geospatial firm Geoplex, and software as a service firm two10degrees.

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Media Article | Former fighter pilot and new SA chief entrepreneur says startup founders should be hailed as “heroes”

Aug 23, 2018

The South Australian Government has appointed its inaugural chief entrepreneur, and he’s set to hit the ground running in his bid to champion startup founders in the state.

Jim Whalley, co-founder of tech-focused professional service and defence company Nova Group and former fighter pilot, will be supported by a new office of the chief entrepreneur and an entrepreneurship advisory board.

The board will take over the services currently provided by TechinSA, South Australia’s startup support agency, which will be wound down.

Also, the role of chief innovator, currently held by Tom Hajdu, will be phased out.

Speaking to StartupSmart, Whalley says while he wasn’t involved in the decision to make the changes, it’s a new approach to economic growth that’s reflective of an evolution in the South Australian startup and entrepreneurism space.

Innovation is an “important and fundamental component,” he says, but in terms of “turning innovations into commercial outcomes,” that’s where entrepreneurship comes in, he says.

In the new role, Whalley will focus on creating a business-friendly environment that’s supportive for entrepreneurs, making sure young business people have the skills to grow a business from concept through creation to a stage where they’re profitable.

“Young entrepreneurs should be heroes,” he says.

“They’re putting their savings on the line and making an effort to create jobs and create wealth.”

In the same way we support athletes, entrepreneurs should “get a bit of kudos with it,” he says.

Challenges in the state that he intends to address include developing the venture capital industry to bring it in line with what’s available in the likes of Sydney and Melbourne, and encouraging people to invest as a “social thing”.

“There’s a lot of wealth [in South Australia] — money sitting in bank accounts, not doing a lot.”

If people realise the opportunities of startup investment and try to support the startup community, “if we do it really well, we all gain”, he says — not only in South Australia, but in the country as a whole.

“I would like to see the Australian pie getting bigger,” he says.

Whalley maintains that South Australia is already “a great place to start a business”, with good universities and support from “government of all persuasions”, he says.

There are “a few things we need to tweak”, he says, but “we can start changing entrepreneurship in the state”.

South Australia is already a hub for defence, space and biotech startups, as well as boasting “world-class universities doing world-class work”, he adds.

Equally, Adelaide in particular is a relatively small city, making networking much easier for founders.

Whalley advises early-stage startups in the state to get out and about, meeting as many people as possible, not only for the sake of winning customers, but “for the sake of learning the lessons,” he says.

“Be enthusiastic, be positive … get out there, participate in the ecosystem,” he says, “and support your entrepreneurial mates.”

The government is open to meeting and supporting new founders, and there are plenty of ministers and business people willing to share their wisdom — and in some cases, their own mistakes.

“We’ve got the best beer and wine in the country,” he adds.

“How can you possibly not network with that?”



Former fighter pilot and new SA chief entrepreneur says startup founders should be hailed as “heroes”

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Media Release - Nova Systems to deliver Proof-of-Concept for Cyber Security Growth Network

Aug 21, 2018

Nova Systems has joined a consortium focused on developing and delivering a platform that will help build Australia’s future Cyber Security Capability, for the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber).

Consortium members include:

  • Fifth Domain (consortium leader);
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science, The Australian National University;
  • Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT); and
  • Nova Systems.

AustCyber is the industry-led, not-for-profit responsible for delivering the activities of the Cyber Security Growth Centre initiative.  As part of this role, AustCyber partially funds initiatives that advance the Australian Cyber Security Ecosystem.

Nova Systems will deliver professional information technology, cyber security, and project management for the consortium, by utilising cross-domain knowledge to enable the deployment, integration, testing and validation of the CIT training facilities.

The project is valued at $1.1million, with $547,000 funded under the AustCyber’s Project Fund.

Nova Systems Program Manager – Information & Cyber Security, Greg McKinnon said ‘This project will focus on two key areas for development of cybersecurity products, and the future proofing of government and business, through the upskilling of employees in entrance level cybersecurity training.’

‘We will work closely with Fifth Domain to integrate the existing TAFE curriculum into Fifth domains learning management system.’ Greg said.

Drawing on organic subject matter expertise to develop realistic and detailed training scenarios, Nova Systems will utilise cutting-edge automated attack and testing platforms to support a practical and effective learning environment.

Leveraging its extensive engagement and experience across Defence, federal government, critical infrastructure, resources, and commercial sectors, Nova Systems will identify, develop, and incorporate new technologies and methodologies as the program progresses to evolve the training environment to ensure students build knowledge, skills, and abilities that are relevant and desirable to Australian cyber security employers.

The project will run from 1 July 2018, to 30 June 2019.

Nova Systems – Australian owned and operated international technology enabler, successfully assisting clients to deliver and support highly complex capabilities and systems.


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Media Article | Jim Whalley becomes Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia

Aug 20, 2018

Former jet pilot and defence company chief Jim Whalley becomes Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia

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