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Boigu Island Takes Part in Battle of the Islands Football Tournament

Jul 24, 2019

On 1 August 2019, the Torres Strait “Battle of the Islands” men’s and women’s football tournament will commence, bringing together youths from across the Torres Strait Islander Communities.

Kathleen (KJ) Pabai is journeying to Thursday Island to represent Boigu Island in the women’s football tournament proudly sponsored by Nova Systems.

Belonging to the Koe Buway (big tribe) and a proud member of the Samu (emu/cassowary) clan, the 17-year-old daughter of Keith and Daisy Pabai is counting down with great anticipation to the event.

A talented and driven touch football player, KJ has been playing the game she loves since she was fourteen. With speed, skill and a competitive spirit, this indigenous female excels on the field with her natural ability and motivation to train, taking all opportunities to play in preparation for the upcoming Battle of the Islands.

Having just finished a season in a local Cairns competition, where she is studying Education at James Cook University, KJ played in Indigenous Team, Kustomz. KJ has also played in school competitions throughout high school and represented her home island of Boigu in previous tournaments.

From a sporting family, her siblings and cousins will feature in a variety of roles in the Thursday Island sporting competition in August. Representing the Boigu Island community as players and in coaching and managing capacities are her brothers Keith Jr and Nathan and sister Stephanie.

KJ impressed on the fact that the football team is her family as well, all supporting and encouraging each other.

“All my teammates are my family,” says KJ, “our positive team spirit and the way we encourage each other is what I love best about playing the game.”

A proud islander, KJ spends her leisure time playing volleyball, touch and basketball at the local facilities. Participating to keep fit, socialise and bond with her community members, KJ prioritises time with her family, engaging in other popular activities that island life offers such as boating, picnics, camping and fishing.

Fishing and hunting are very necessary skills that her and the other youths are taught from a young age, as the locals rely on these sources of food that the surrounding sea provides. Many traditional methods are still adhered to and availability of food and access depends on seasons, weather and tides.

When asked about the issue of climate change and how it has affected Boigu island, KJ said, “It scares me, that one day we might not be able to stay there. We might have to move to the mainland and then we will lose the connection to our island. Our culture will be lost.”

Nova Systems is proud to sponsor the men’s and women’s Boigu Island touch football teams in the Torres Strait Islands 2019 “Battle of the Islands” tournament. Good luck KJ and to her teammates!

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Nova Systems Sponsors Aerospace Futures 2019

Jul 10, 2019

Nova Systems is sponsoring the 2019 Aerospace Futures Conference.

Taking place on Tuesday 16 July at the University of Sydney, the conference is an event designed to engage and inspire Australian students interested in Aerospace.

Occurring across state capitals annually, the Aerospace Futures conference is an important event in the Australian aerospace industry calendar run by youth for youth.

The event covers civil aviation, defence, astronomy, geospatial intelligence, space science and engineering. To this date, the event has been an immense success with a total of 1000 student delegates, 80 organisations involved.

Nova Systems is proud to support the student-led event, committed to providing opportunities for students and young professionals through their graduate program.

Recognising people are there greatest asset, Nova Systems provides a great place to work and a wide range of opportunities to solve the problems that really matter.

For students and young professionals, the timing and location Aerospace Futures 2019 is impeccable with the rapid growth and development of the Australian Space Agency. The event will attract a wide variety of prestigious industry speakers from around NSW and beyond.

Targeting a record 250 student delegates and 400 invited professionals, the event is focused towards undergraduates, postgraduates and young professionals from across Australia and New Zealand.

With strong support from government, industry and academia, the conferences celebrates Australia’s aerospace industry and inspires the next generation to move into various aerospace sectors responsible for the development of Australia as a nation.

Learn more about our Graduate Program here.

Aerospace Futures 2019

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Nova Systems Sponsors Boigu Island in “Battle of the Islands” Football Tournament

Jul 4, 2019

Nova Systems is proud to sponsor the men’s and women’s Boigu Island touch football teams in the Torres Strait Islands 2019 “Battle of the Islands” tournament!

Taking place from Tuesday 30 July to Sunday 4 August on Thursday island, the football tournament provides an opportunity for the Torres Strait Islander communities to come together to represent their respective islands and offers indigenous youths an opportunity to showcase their skills and abilities.

Representing Boigu Island are 32 male and female indigenous youths competing in the 2019 touch football tournament.

Due to the extremely remote nature of these islands, the opportunities for the islander communities to compete in tournaments such as these are limited and often rely on the support of sponsors such as Nova Systems.

Rich in history and tradition, the Boigu Island is a low-lying mud flat island, sitting approximately 1.6m above sea level in the top Western cluster of the Torres Strait.

The Boigu people hold a strong connection to the land, sea and sky, relying on their traditional knowledge to safely travel the waterways to other islands and mainland Australia and hunt for and gather food.

In recent years, the island has been significantly impacted by changing weather patterns and noticeable increases in rising sea levels.

Boigu Island’s community and traditional landowners are concerned that the reality of rising sea levels brings the risk that Boigu Island and other low-lying communities on Australia’s borders.

The island community and Nova Systems are focused on raising awareness of the environmental threat Boigu Island and others are now facing.

Nova Systems is proud to support the passionate Boigu Island community, rich in tradition and culture. Good luck!

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Nova Systems Major Sponsor of DTC 2019 Defence Industry Awards

Jul 1, 2019

Nova Systems is a proud sponsor of the Defence Teaming Centre’s (DTC) Annual Defence Industry Awards for 2019.

As a member of DTC, Nova  Systems supports their mission to achieve an innovative and sustainable defence industry for Australia, aligned to strategic requirements and able to contribute to national economic activity.

DTC’s Annual Awards is the premier event of its kind and last year attracted more than 540 guests, from more than 200 companies.

The event is well attended by both State and Federal Government representatives, defence primes and industry SMEs who connect and network throughout the evening.

Structured to maximise networking opportunities for attendees, the event showcases the award-winning achievements from within the DTC membership.

The Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) is an industry association with membership of about 200 organisations that employ in excess of 17,000 workers in South Australia.

DTC members include Prime contractors (Primes), small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and professional service providers (PSPs) who are actually or potentially involved in supplying and/or supporting defence and related capabilities and/or are influenced by Defence and related business policies or purchasing decisions.

In addition to other activities the DTC is responsible for project managing two alliances/clusters, of one of which is the Australian Aerospace Alliance (AAA) that includes space.

Nova Systems wishes all the nominee’s good luck for the 2019 awards!


When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Welcome Reception: 6.45PM
Dinner & Awards Ceremony: 7.45PM

Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Tce

Dress code: Black tie or formal. Mess kit or miniatures may be worn

Member pricing: 
Single ticket: $190
Table of 10: $1,900 (includes complimentary table branding and logo in event program)

Non-member pricing:
Single ticket: $260
Table of 10: $2,600 (includes complimentary table branding and logo in event program)

Register here:



The Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) is a nationally-focused member organisation connecting and supporting Australian industry to develop capability and increase overall competitiveness in domestic and global defence markets.

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