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

Jul 3, 2019

Nova Group 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 Group.

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 Group are focused on raising awareness of the environmental threat Boigu Island and others are now facing.

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

Learn more about the Boigu Island touch football teams here:

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Nova Group Marks 19th Birthday by Supporting Camp Quality

May 23, 2019

Nova Group is celebrating their 19th birthday!

In 2000, Nova Group – originally Nova Aerospace Pty Ltd – was founded in South Australia by Jim Whalley and Peter Nikoloff. Today, Nova Group has over 550 employees across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, United Kingdom and Europe, all committed to solving the problems that really matter.

This year, to mark the occasion, Nova Group is supporting Camp Quality by hosting a national fundraiser. Each office will be welcoming a Camp Quality representative and raising funds to help families impacted by cancer.

Camp Quality believes kids impacted by cancer should have every opportunity to thrive, a sentiment deeply felt by Nova Systems who is committed to striving to create a better future for their people, their families and the community.

Providing a range of innovative programs and services, Camp Quality aims to develop life skills and strengthen the wellbeing of children ages 0 – 13 growing up with cancer, and their families.

Nova Group is proud to support the highly reputable and long-standing Australian charity, committed to supporting the community.

Many Nova Group employees regularly volunteer their time and efforts to Camp Quality programs and to spreading smiles far and wide in support of their motto ‘laughter is the best medicine’.

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Camp Quality 

We believe kids impacted by cancer should have every opportunity to thrive.

At every stage of the cancer experience, we provide innovative programs and services to develop life skills and strengthen the wellbeing of children aged 0 -13 growing up with cancer, and their families.

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SmartSat CRC set to propel Australia into the global space industry

Apr 15, 2019

Today, the Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews announced the success of the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) proposal led by The University of South Australia and Nova Systems, parent company Nova Group.

Positioned to propel Australia into the global space industry, the SmartSat CRC initiative is a collaborative research and development effort, providing significant opportunities for the Australian Space industry.

The centre has 74 participants contributing $167 million adding to the federal government’s $55 million spend.

Focusing on advanced satellite communications, connectivity and earth observation, the centre will be based in Adelaide, Australia’s “Space City” alongside the Australian Space Agency and will cement Australia as a future leader in the global space industry.

In sharing the news, Chief Executive Nova Systems ANZ, Mr Steven Robinson highlighted the significant impact the CRC would have in Australia, building sovereign space capability, creating business and employment opportunities, driving innovation, and strengthening the economy.

“It is exciting to be at the forefront of an Australian Space industry milestone. We have already seen overwhelming support and collaboration for the CRC from industry leaders and world-renowned research organisations.”

“The CRC is another step towards the enhancement of the capability and competitiveness of the Australian space sector, providing an opportunity for the next generation of space companies and technologies.”

Mr Robinson also recognised Australia’s growing space industry as an inspiration for young Australians to pursue a career in STEM, an area Nova Systems is deeply committed to through their delivery of specialist capability training.

The Australian Space Agency’s goal of creating a $12 billion Australian space industry, generating an extra 20,000 jobs by 2030, is in reach with the largest R&D investment into Australia’s space industry to date.

Nova Systems signed a Statement of Strategic Intent with the Australian Space Agency in December 2018. The statement demonstrates Nova Systems commitment to the Australian Space industry and development of sovereign space-based capabilities.

In support of their commitment, Nova Systems recently obtained Spectrum licences for a range of frequencies within the satellite spectrum from the Australian Communication and Media Authority. The licences are set to bolster the Australian space economy by supporting satellite users in several innovative ways.

The SmartSat CRC will ensure Australia can execute a technological leap-frog to deliver smart satellite systems that are Australian designed, owned and operated and that will deliver the nation real-time connectivity, surveillance and sensing capability over land and sea, earth observation data to monitor climate and development, and the power to drive industry innovation and the growth of the Internet of Things.

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. We solve the problems that really matter.


The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

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 and represents the biggest space industry R&D collaboration in Australia’s history.

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Media Contact: Sarah de Valence

Position: Group Communications Manager

Telephone: 07 3129 2237



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Nova Group Opens New Headquarters in Asia

Mar 28, 2019

Nova Group is pleased to announce the official opening of its new headquarters in Asia on 26th March 2019 in Singapore.

The office was opened by Ms Kate Duff, Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore and Mr Greg Hume, Nova Group CEO via a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In her keynote address, Ms Kate Duff highlighted the continued deepening of economic and defence co-operation between Australia and Singapore under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Ms Duff noted the partnership has enabled organisations such as Nova Systems to pursue continued growth in Singapore.

“We are excited to continue to expand our footprint in Asia through our new office in Singapore. This represents our ongoing commitment to the region and collaboration with our partners in industry, academia and government” said Mr Hume.

The headquarters will house professional services provider Nova Systems and civil aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace.

On Tuesday, representatives hosted their local partners and clients at the event to celebrate their collective achievements over the past four years since first opening their doors in Singapore in 2015.

Since then, the team has grown from 5 to 20 employees, providing job opportunities within the region. Nova Group’s investment in the new office demonstrates their continued commitment to building a strong Singaporean company to spearhead business growth in Asia.

Covering over 3,300 sqft of space at Kallang Place, the office features a large production room for aircraft interior parts and room for further expansion of Nova Group’s aerospace design, cyber security, unmanned systems and defence service capabilities in Asia.

Nova Group Singapore Office Opening

Nova Group

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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Sarah de Valence

Position:                       Group Communications Manager

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Work 180 Employee Story | A People Journey: From Reception to Leadership

Mar 27, 2019

An employee story by Work180

Life moves fast these days. So do people. Instant messaging, tweets, likes, networks… It can all be empowering and exhilarating but also exhausting… and perhaps a little hollow? As I dial in for my conversation with the Nova Group’s HR Manager Nicole McCallum, it’s fair to say I’m also refreshing my inbox, texting my wife, muting Spotify and draining a double shot flat white. Nicole answers the phone and ten seconds later, I’ve stopped fidgeting and am sitting back in my chair, truly centred on what Nicole has to say.

I suspect she has that impact on others too. It definitely has something to do with her openness and her friendly, down to earth way of speaking. But as our conversation progresses, I realise it’s more than that – it’s the positive feeling you get when you know you’re speaking to someone who ‘gets it’… who’s been there and done it… who has experienced enough of life’s ups and downs to appreciate the bigger picture. By the end of our chat, I’m clear on three things about Nicole: she is great to talk to, she has stories to tell and I’d love to work alongside her.

Minister Neilson & Nicole McCallum

A People Journey: From Reception to Leadership

Nicole joined the Nova Group (Nova) back in 2005, known then only as Nova Systems, when they were a small business of 45 people. Her career prior to that was highly diverse. She tells me with a warm laugh that she had 19 hospitality jobs in ten years (including hotel and resort management) and that she’s worked as an Executive Assistant, a TAFE lecturer, an oyster farmer, a uranium mine sub-contractor and an escort vehicle driver.

Initially employed by Nova as a receptionist “and to cook the barbecue and stock the beer fridge”, Nicole soon found her place at the Professional Services firm. And as Nova has grown significantly from 45 to 570 people, so has Nicole’s career. Showing immense versatility and a constant readiness to ‘give it a go’, she has worked for Nova across finance, executive assistance, conferences and events, security and corporate support. And later, “at some point way back when”, she became the People and Culture Manager and a career in human resources started to emerge.

What Matters Most: Empathy and Human Kindness

She now works as the Group HR Manager, managing HR across the globe for Nova Systems, GVH Aerospace, two10degrees and Geoplex, a position which she says is about supporting and connecting Nova’s employees and their managers to drive Nova’s strategic objectives and culture.

“My remit includes helping Nova’s people managers provide an environment in which people can thrive. It’s also about being there to support each employee, while also being ready to challenge and make the hard decisions.”

It’s easy to picture Nicole achieving this balance. She talks positively and confidently about the need to apply “understanding, empathy and fairness”, and I get the sense that she plays an important role in bridging gaps, championing the employee to the business, and the business to the employee. When asked what she loves the most, Nicole’s response is immediate:

“It’s the same today as it was in my hospitality days: I love it when someone comes in with their smile upside down and walks out feeling a little better. I want to help them see that there’s light at the end of the tunnel and that they want to keep going – that’s the most important thing. It’s the most basic stuff you can do for another human being.”

And there it is. That empathy based on deep life experience. Nicole reveals that she has supported a range of employees through mental health challenges, and has helped get them back to work and a more positive situation.

“Sometimes this job can break your heart. Sometimes you’re on top of the world. It’s just the way it is. When someone needs support, the key is to be honest – no BS. We need to help them get healthy and well, and not treat them any differently.”

Nicole says that her own life experiences and challenges help her empathise with and support others. She suffered from anxiety and depression as a teenager, and has also experienced loss through tragic circumstances.

“I’ve had some difficult life events during my time here. But the support Nova has given me is phenomenal. The things they’ve done for me personally have affected me – they make me want to stay and help the business continue to thrive.”

Nicole McCallum with Nova Systems Founders Peter Nikoloff & Jim Whalley

From Chainsaws to Flying Lessons: a Unique Employee Experience

Nicole clearly has a deep connection with Nova and feels they really are a great place to work. She speaks fondly of the way they reward and recognise their people, and celebrate together. She laughs as she tells me they once gifted her a chainsaw voucher, rather than flowers, adding: “They know me.”

She also says they’ve supported her through training, including an MBA and even flying lessons:

“Years ago, I used to take minutes for the Executive Leadership. We had an aircraft and our previous CEO would fly us all to the meetings. One day, I said ‘you should teach me to fly this thing’, so he did.”

Nicole McCallum

Nicole recognises that as the business has grown, they’ve needed to keep working hard to ensure that everyone stays connected. Yet she’s proud of the many things Nova offers its people, from professional and personal development allowances to family benefits to health and wellbeing support. As part of this latter component, they have counselling services available 24/7 to assist their employees and managers.

“It’s incredible really that after all this time, I still don’t want to work anywhere else. I’m like an antique here! I have great relationships across the business and I‘m so grateful to Nova for the opportunities and life experiences they’ve given me.”

I suspect Nova would say the feeling’s mutual. Thanks Nicole!

The original article can be found here. 


Nova Group 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. Read more Work180 news here.


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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