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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 - German radars delivered for Australian air traffic control

Aug 14, 2018

Munich-based Hensoldt’s delivery of key ASR-NG air traffic control systems as part of the RAAF AIR 5431 Phase 2 is picking up steam, with the second final system completed in support of key nation-wide air traffic management upgrades.

AIR 5431 Phase 2 and the Fixed Defence Air Traffic Control Surveillance Sensors (FDATCSS) program has seen the Air Force purchase nine ASR-NG based FDATCSS and one Operational Maintenance Trainer (OMT).The installation poses particular challenges because the area covered comes close to the area of western Europe. Due to the location requirements for the final systems at two of the sites, two interim systems are being installed to provide the customer with continuous radar coverage while the legacy radars are removed and replaced in situ with the new Hensoldt solutions.Oakey near Brisbane, the second final system, now has completed site installation and joins East Sale, the first interim system, in the Gippsland of southern Victoria and Tindal, the first final system, which is installed in the far north of Australia.

All systems are now in the set-to-work phase, which will lead to site acceptance testing and then operations. Tindal is expected to be operational in November 2018. Nowra interim is currently being installed at the Naval Air Station Nowra (part of HMAS Albatross in NSW). Additionally, the OMT has just ‘powered-on’ at the RAAF training facility at RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane. In the project execution, Hensoldt is working together with Australian partners IE-Asia Pacific and Nova Systems.

The proposed facilities include a requirement for new or refurbished air traffic control towers and airfield systems complex facilities to house the new air traffic management system, sensor equipment buildings to support new sensors, working accommodation to house operational maintenance trainers for both Phase 2 and Phase 3 to support technical training, and upgrading the School of Air Traffic Control to support the training of joint battlefield airspace control officers.Hensoldt supplies customers all over the world with air traffic control and identification solutions for military and civilian applications. Among others, the company has equipped the German Armed Forces’ airfields with the ASR-S (Airport Surveillance Radar, S-Band) airport surveillance radar and is delivering a complete approach control system for the military airfields in Switzerland.Different versions of its new ASR-NG radar are under contract by Canada and the UK. The MSSR 2000 I secondary radar is deployed for military friend-or-foe identification by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway and Finland.



14 AUGUST 2018

By: Stephen Kuper


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Image – Hensoldt’s ASR-NG at Oakey Army Aviation Centre near Brisbane (Source Hensoldt)

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Media Release - Nova Systems consortium with AGI OneSky awarded funding for UAV Package Delivery

Aug 1, 2018

A consortium led by Nova Systems in close collaboration with OneSky, a business unit of Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI), has been awarded funding from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and the Ministry of Transport, to develop technological capabilities in UAV Traffic Management (UTM) and UAV based package delivery in urban environments.

The funding was awarded as a result of the consortium’s submission to a Call-for-Proposal (CFP) seeking to develop systems and technologies to enable the innovative and wide-ranging use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Singapore’s urban environment.

Nova System’s proposal, in collaboration with AGI OneSky, Nanyang Technological University’s Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI), M1 Limited and Scout Aerial, includes the following elements:

  • Implementation and configuration of OneSky’s UTM prototype suitable for Singapore
  • A suite of trials to ultimately demonstrate a wide-scale, BVLOS (beyond-visual-line-of-sight), multi-UAV, multi-site product delivery demonstration with other leading industry partners.
  • Research and development in enabling areas such modelling and analysis of network coverage, applying communications, and surveillance (CNS) principles for route design. These will provide insights to the maturation of the OneSky UTM system, enabling beneficial use of UAS in Singapore.


Managing Director of Nova Systems Singapore – Ryan Lee said, ‘We have been working with smart businesses and progressive government agencies to tackle the problems of tomorrow, such as operating UAS’ in limited airspace and urban environments. With this funding, we are delighted to be focusing on enabling the innovative use of UAS’ in Singapore’s urban environment and look forward to working closely with CAAS to advance the UAS industry in Singapore.

The project will run from 1 October.



Nova Systems – Global technology enabler, successfully assisting clients to deliver and support highly complex capabilities and systems. With over 500 specialist consultants through Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway and the UK, Nova Systems has significant expertise in system integration and supporting military and civil sector UAV and UTM test and evaluation, safety case development, planning, and trial management. Nova Systems maintains a significant body of expertise in datalinks and cyber and is currently supporting a major Australian company in its efforts to incorporate the IoT in its business practices and architecture.

Analytical Graphics, Inc (AGI) – provides software for designing, developing and operating missions within the aerospace and national security communities. AGI’s OneSky business unit supports safe and efficient UAS flights including beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) through the application of proven analysis and decision support capabilities.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI)NTU is ranked as one of the top universities in Asia and the world, offering significant research capabilities in robotics and UAS traffic management.  ATMRI was established in collaboration with CAAS as Singapore’s first institute  dedicated to R&D in air traffic management.

M1 Limited – M1 is Singapore’s most vibrant and dynamic communications company, providing mobile and fixed services to over 2 million customers. Since the launch of commercial services in 1997, M1 has achieved many firsts, including the first operator to offer nationwide 4G service, as well as ultra high-speed fixed broadband, fixed voice and other services on the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN). With a continual focus on network quality, customer service, value and innovation, M1 links anyone and anything; anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit

Scout Aerial – Scout Aerial is Australia’s leading provider of Remote Sensing and Geospatial solutions with an industry reputation for performance, quality and reliability.


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Nova Systems

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