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Nova Systems Drives Diversification in STEM and Defence Industry

May 2, 2019

Nova Systems is driving diversification in STEM and the Defence Industry through its ongoing participation in the ‘The Future Through Collaboration’ (TFTC) mentoring program.

The 2019 program was officially opened today at the Rydges Capital Hill Hotel in Canberra for its fifth year.

Suzanne Shipp, Executive Sponsor for Nova Systems’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Leadership (IDEAL) committee and a mentor in last year’s program, provided a key note address at the event.

“The TFTC mentoring program welcomes women working across engineering, project management and technical areas. This year TFTC also welcomes women from the Information Technology (IT) and cyber disciplines for the first time.

“To date, the program has given 144 women working in the Defence Industry an opportunity for mentorship they wouldn’t have likely had otherwise.”

Suzanne shared how great it was to have the opportunity to share some of her 25+ years of experiences imparting knowledge and wisdom to our future generations.

Nova Systems is providing both mentors and mentees to participate in the unique collaboration for the second year running.

Steven Robinson, Chief Executive Nova Systems Australia and New Zealand, highlighted the program as an excellent demonstration of Defence and Industry working together to tackle diversification in STEM, and to grow and enhance our sovereign capability.

“We recognise the importance of continuing to increase the number of women represented in STEM careers in Defence, and Defence Industry, through collaborative programs and initiatives.

“TFTC provides an opportunity for mentees to learn from our leaders in this domain, strengthening and building skills to enhance their careers. I am personally looking forward to providing mentorship in 2019.”

Steven confirmed Nova Systems remains committed to providing equal opportunity for all and working collectively to achieve the best outcomes for Defence and Industry and the Australian economy.

The TFTC Mentoring Program is a unique collaboration that aims to tackle the issue of diversity head on by supporting the development of women within the engineering and project management disciplines through a structured mentoring program.

The program focuses on building understanding and creating networks across disciplines within Defence and Industry domains. These connections create a supportive and inclusive industry environment for STEM professionals at all levels.

Lee Kormany, Program Manager Maritime and a mentor in the 2018 program, said that the mentoring program enabled her to share her experience, whilst encouraging and developing future leaders.

“I really enjoyed supporting my mentee to achieve her goals for the program. It is a privilege working with such talented women, knowing that I am using my experience to support these mid-career Engineers and Project Managers to thrive in the Defence sector.”

Nova Systems’ commitment is mirrored in the calibre of the candidates selected for the program, with participation from highly experienced consultants, managers, executives and mentees with proven skills and drive within their chosen STEM fields.

The 2019 program welcomes 76 participants from the Department of Defence, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, Raytheon, Airservices Australia, BAE Systems, Jacobs, Nova Systems, CASG, Beca and KBR.

Nova Systems

Nova Systems is a an Australian owned and operated Global Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of technology enabling solutions and world class expertise to deliver complex capabilities and systems and solve technologically challenging problems. We solve the problems that really matter.


Established in 2015, the TFTC Mentoring Program provides women working within the engineering and project management disciplines in the Defence Industry the opportunity to work with a senior Defence Industry mentor. Over 12 months they develop skills and create a network designed to enhance the capability of the Defence Sector in Australia.

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Nova Systems Exhibits at the 2019 South Australia Space Forum

May 1, 2019

Nova Systems is exhibiting at the 2019 South Australia Space Forum!

The 7th South Australia Space Forum is being held in Adelaide, South Australia on Thursday 9 May 2019 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Supported by the Australian Space Agency, this biannual forum provides the perfect opportunity to stimulate ideas, share information about emerging technologies and discuss industry trends.

The South Australia Space Forum is a free event, which facilitates collaboration among key stakeholders in the Australian space sector and encourages growth and innovation within the space economy.

On the back of last year’s hugely successful 6th South Australia Space Forum, which attracted over 500 participants, this event aims to stimulate the Australian space ecosystem by:

  • Encouraging the exchange of information and promoting the latest industry developments
  • Showcasing South Australian capabilities to local and international investors
  • Assisting research organisations to identify industry needs and future areas of demand, particularly within STEM pathways
  • Promoting commercial application of new research and technologies.


Nova Systems is your Space capability partner for complex futures.

Nova Systems is committed to enhancing the capability and competitiveness of the Australian space sector and has a strategic interest in solving problems of national interest through:

  • Enabling satellite communications
    • Future satellite communications through the creation of research and development initiatives aimed at optimisation of future space and ground segments through modelling, simulation and training
  • Next generation ground stations
    • Provide space ground connectivity for small satellite operators through strategic access to spectrum licenses and site infrastructure at our ground station precinct
  • Space situational awareness technologies
    • Tackling the predictive and interpretation aspects of space situational awareness for the nation’s space-based infrastructure, while also improving the user-data interface;
  • Space capability upskilling
    • Specialist training and support to Australian industry and government in space systems including the certification and regulation of the space environment;
    • Student internships to support the development of Australia’s future space engineers.

Following the success of the SmartSat CRC proposal led by Nova Systems and Uni SA, Nova Group (Nova Systems’ parent company) Director, Peter Nikoloff, will be joining panel discussion on the SmartSat CRC – Building Australia’s Space Industry at 1.20pm local time.

The SmartSat CRC will catalyse the transformation and growth of Australia’s space industry with focussed activity in three key areas: advanced communications, intelligent satellite systems and next generation Earth Observation sensor technologies and analytics.

Chair and Executive Director of the Nova Group Jim Whalley, will also be presenting at 8.50am local time and will be addressing national and international space trends.

In-depth specialist space, ground and terminal segment knowledge and experience in the acquisition, introduction into service, and certification of large, complex space related capabilities, uniquely equips Nova Systems to provide training, certification, systems safety and engineering support to the nation’s space sector in the strategic areas of communications, space and ground segment operations, and space situational awareness.

Nova Systems signed a Statement of Strategic Intent with the Australian Space Agency in 2018.

Nova Systems is your Space capability partner for complex futures. Visit us at the 2019 SA Space Forum to learn more about our capabilities.

Nova Systems

Nova Systems is an Australian owned and operated Global Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of technology enabling solutions and world class expertise to deliver complex capabilities and systems and solve technologically challenging problems.

SA Space Forum

SmartSat CRC

The SmartSat CRC will create leapfrogging technologies in advanced telecommunications and smart satellite systems to build Australia’s space infrastructure for advanced communications and connectivity, remote sensing and monitoring for its land, sea and oceans. It brings together nearly 100 partners and international collaborators which, together with significant investment by the Australian Federal Government, have committed $245 million, represent the biggest space industry R&D collaboration in Australia’s history.

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Nova Systems gold sponsor 2019 0xCC conference!

Apr 24, 2019

Nova Systems is a gold sponsor for the 2019 0xCC conference!

Taking place on the 26 and 27 April 2019 in Melbourne, 0xCC is an infosec, cyber security training conference for women by women.

0xCC is a free technical training conference designed to encourage and support women in the industry as well as those looking to join by providing an opportunity to upskill, build networks and to create a space for open dialogue. ​

In 2017, a study showed that women only make up 11% of the Cyber security workforce. 0xCC strongly believes the best way to help diversify in the industry is to build skills and create a place for discussion so everyone can come out with a more well-rounded perspective around issues and information security.

The event enables free training courses for 130 attendees, with sponsorship money going towards venue costs and travel grants allowing attendees to access the training who would otherwise be unable to afford travel and accommodation in Melbourne.

Importantly, while it’s a women-only conference, the organisers have gone to great lengths to ensure it’s not viewed as exclusionary and it’s being run to address one of the critical issues facing information security as a whole – the pipeline of skilled, qualified and enthusiastic people into the industry.

Nova Systems is dedicated to creating a culture of diversity, inclusion and equality, and in doing so, deliver on its promise of being a people-focused employer and a great place to work. As a professional services firm, they recognise that it’s their people who are their greatest asset.

Working on some interesting, diverse and at times highly complex projects, employees have the opportunity to work in a unique environment that is fun and down-to-earth. Nova Systems believes in empowering their people to succeed and the team are actively encouraged and supported to develop to their full potential.

Nova Systems is a an Australian owned and operated global professional service provider, specialising in the provision of technology enabling solutions and world class expertise to deliver complex capabilities and systems and solve technologically challenging problems.

We solve the problems that really matter.

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Nova Systems Silver Sponsor of 2019 SETE Conference

Apr 17, 2019

Nova Systems is a silver sponsor of the 2019 Systems Engineering Test and Evaluation (SETE) Conference!

In 2019, the conference will focus on Systems Science and Engineering for a better Australia, combining a professionally stimulating technical program with exhibits and presentations by sponsors and tool vendors. The conference will take place at the QT Hotel from Monday 29 April to Wednesday 1 May, in Canberra.

Nova Systems is Australia’s premier Systems Engineering and specialist Test and Evaluation services and solutions provider. This year, Nova Systems will showcase how they blend classical systems engineering processes with digital technology, model based approaches and domain expertise to deliver superior capability outcomes.

As a sponsor for the Test & Evaluation (T&E) program on Tuesday 30 April, Bill Bunton, Capability Lead – T&E will be sharing Nova Systems’ extensive T&E experience and knowledge via a panel discussion on the benefits of a robust Australian T&E capability to support and deliver systems assurance in a complex, systems of systems environment in 2020 and beyond. Mr Bunton will also present on SETE and Vocational Training.

Sponsoring the Systems Thinking, Modelling and Simulation program on Wednesday 1 May, Nova Systems’ Brad Spencer will be presenting the academic paper ‘Plying the Art of the Possible’, a Soldier Combat System Model Based Engineering Case Study. Authored by Meredith Hue, Jaya Sudarpa and Brad Spencer, the paper showcases the value-proposition of a model-based System of Systems methodology as applied within a Digital Engineering Environment through leveraging world best practice.

Ray Hentzschel, Senior Systems Engineer will be presenting ‘A Case for Standardising Systems Engineering Certification’, sharing the work being undertaken by the international standards committee ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 working group to define a standard for certification of System Engineering professionals.

Cyber Security Consultant, Justin Parker will also be conducting a tutorial on Cyber Security Fundamentals.

Nova Systems blends classical systems engineering processes with digital technology, model based approaches and domain expertise to deliver superior capability outcomes. Visit us at stand 2 to learn more about our capabilities and how we can help solve the problems that really matter to you.

The provisional program is now available for review.

SETE 2019 Provisional Program


SETE Conference

SETE 2019 is an annual conference organised by the System Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) and the Southern Cross Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA).

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