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Latest News From Nova Systems

Nova Systems Launches Inaugural Global Graduate Summit

Sep 24, 2019

Nova Systems was delighted to launch their inaugural Global Graduate Summit in Adelaide, South Australia. 

Run entirely by Nova graduates, the summit brought together the Nova graduate community, including those who have recently graduated the program, to create a community of excellence and support. 

“The summit was a positive way to create an atmosphere of sharing and support. I now feel part of a cohort of young professionals who can share and develop together” said Nil Shah, a graduate based in Canberra.  

Scott Rowan, Graduate Program Manager, said the annual event has kicked off to overwhelmingly positive feedback.  

“This year’s summit featured an array of guest speakers on topics ranging from goal setting, innovation and career pathways, through to emotional resilience. The graduates also had the opportunity to meet with our business leaders and industry experts.  

“It is important at Nova that we are creating an environment where all our people feel listened to, valued and respected and feel like they belong to the Nova family. This is just one way we are giving our Graduates a voice.” 

Following this year’s Summit, the graduates formed a Graduate Program Committee where ideas can be formulated and progressed to ensure the ongoing success of the Graduate Development Program. 

Shortlisted for Graduate Program of the Year at the annual Defence & Industry Awards, the program currently boasts 20 graduates across offices in Australia, Singapore and the UK, and is looking forward to welcoming 10 new graduates for the 2020 intake. 

As a two-year program, graduates typically undertake two to three rotations to provide graduates with exposure to multiple areas of the business and industry experts.  

All graduates have access to a formal mentor and Nova’s professional development program to support them in their career journey.  

Learn more about ouGraduate Program. 

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Sep 23, 2019

Nova Group – Nova Systems parent company – has again listed #38 in South Australia’s top 100 companies reported by InDaily’s South Australia Business Index.

Sector: Professional services | Revenue 2019: $180m | Last Year’s Ranking: 38

To be eligible for inclusion in the Index companies must:

  • Be a South Australian entity with an Adelaide ownership register, or be a South Australian operated entity;
  • Be a company founded and majority (50.01 per cent plus) owned by South Australians.

Companies owned in part or whole by government, government agencies and organisations, and registered charities are not eligible for consideration.

Listed entities have a readily ascertainable value per security, allowing for transparent market capitalisation. For unlisted companies, valuations have been estimated using industry margin benchmarking (available from the ABS and ATO) and a consistently applied price to earnings multiple.

View the full list here.

A more detailed review of the data can be found here. 

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Pamela Melroy on Studio 10

Sep 19, 2019

Pam Melroy, Nova Systems very own Director of Space Technology and Policy, is one of two women who have ever commanded a Space Shuttle Mission, and she’s now setting out on her new mission to help accelerate Australia’s space program.

Former NASA Astronaut Pam Melroy Reveals Her New Mission
PG | Lifestyle

Air Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019
Expires: in 29 days

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Blog | Initiatives a workplace could take to support expecting parents

Sep 18, 2019

Since starting at Nova Systems in 2017, I have experienced a huge amount of support and flexibility when it comes to juggling my family and a full time role. Late last year my partner and I decided to extend our family.

Initially I had fears of going through pregnancy again whilst working full time and then the whole return to work process. Having never had a child before whilst working for Nova had me thinking, what will my employer be like when it comes to supporting pregnancy, parental leave and all the things that go along with it?

I opened up the Nova Systems Parental Leave Policy and was pleasantly surprised when I read it in more detail. Some benefits I will receive whilst on parental leave include;

  • 12 weeks of additional paid leave to complement and supplement the existing Government PPL Scheme. This may be taken at full pay or extended to 24 weeks at half pay.
  • Superannuation contributions for up to 52 weeks, plus if I choose to extend my maternity leave, Nova will make a bonus super payment for me if I return after another 52 weeks.
  • Continuous support with my professional development. Nova already gives all employees, no matter their role, a generous professional and personal development allowance each year along with additional study leave to help with this. I am able to utilise this allowance despite being on leave, and my manager has already given me support to complete a course of interest whilst being on leave for the next 12 months. I am also able to utilise a portion of this money to support health related activities – something I am sure will be handy post pregnancy.
  • Event attendance. Working at Nova is fun! They put on so much for us as employees and our families, and I will be encouraged to still attend these events whilst on parental leave. This means I still get to go to footy games, cooking classes, Christmas events plus whip out my safari suit or kaftan on occasion!

Returning to work after taking parental leave has been on my mind since the early months of pregnancy. I often think about what a workplace can do to support parents coming back to work. Some initiatives Nova takes right now are;

  • Breastfeeding facilities.
  • An additional 2 days of personal/carers leave each year.
  • Early discussions about return to work and flexible working arrangements. This is a huge one for me as I am a planner. I like to talk about things early on and have open, honest conversations about expectations. It gives me confidence that Nova is going to be able to support my return to work and the new arrangements I may need.

In addition to the above, during my pregnancy the flexibility and support I have received has been incredible. I have been able to utilise working from home when needed, flexibility with work hours to accommodate all of my prenatal appointments and in general a warm, friendly approach from my manager and peers when it comes to all things pregnancy related.

I am yet to experience returning to work at Nova post parental leave, but I have confidence that my employer will support me with my journey back to the workplace.

Emma Hill, National Talent Acquisition Specialist

Emma Hill is an experienced recruiter with a demonstrated history of working in the human resources industry. Skilled in Behavioural Interviewing, Permanent Placement, Customer Service, Employee Engagement, and Temporary Placement, Emma is a strong human resources professional with a Bachelor of Business focused in Marketing and Human Resources from Swinburne University of Technology.

This blog was featured on Work180.


Nova Systems has partnered with Work180 in Australia as part of our commitment to creating a culture of diversity, inclusion and equality and providing a great place to work.

Work180 is an international jobs board that connects smart businesses with talented women.While their focus is on empowering women in the workplace, Work180 is trying to achieve equality for all employees.

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