Federal Government Tender Resourcing
In 2020, VSG were invited by Leidos, a leading defence prime, to be a teaming member on a large $500 million Federal Government ICT Transformation Project. We were selected by Leidos because of our connectivity and direct access to a large security cleared ICT personnel network. Following a competitive tender process, both Leidos and VSG were successful in winning all six of the programs work streams, and we were given responsibility of sourcing the whole program’s ICT personnel resources. This led to VSG developing a dedicated talent pool comprised of over 200 ICT professionals across Australia and utilising our WPA Program to create a pipeline of suitable talent to service this program. Prior to the programme commencing, we obtained Expressions of Interest and Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) from over 40 personnel who can assist VSG when this project commences.
Global Security Operations Centre Resourcing
During 2019, VSG had representing several highly Skilled PV cleared candidates for Forward Deployed Software Engineer Roles with one of our United States clients. This activity resulted in VSG being approached to procure 28 qualified ICT and cyber personnel for an international Security Operations Centre (SOC). In response, VSG established a separate business unit dedicated to undertaking a global proactive search, including detailed market mapping and talent pipelines. We successfully interviewed and secured over 30 specific SOC analysts who were subsequently screened and found suitable by our client. Although this activity was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, VSG had successfully secured the information security leads of banking and finance, critical infrastructure, software and security firms.
Assisting Indigenous Investigation Services
Last year, VSG sourced 19 government accredited Investigators for Bull Roarers (Aus) Pty Ltd as part of their successful Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) Code of Conduct Review Panel submission. In order to source this highly specialised team, we undertook a detailed selection process, including thoroughly screening our network to select investigators who had extensive demonstrated experience conducting integrity, misconduct and law enforcement investigations. All investigators selected possess a minimum Certificate IV in Government Investigations, possessed a current Working with Children Card and National Police Check. The team we procured for Bull Roarers had 253 years combined experienced and were ultimately selected by SIA after the competitive tender process.
As a proudly 100% Australian owned company and a veteran employer, we are committed to serving Australia, it’s First Peoples and Veterans. This ethos is a fundamental element of our business.
Diversity at VSG
We promise to provide our clients with merits based, ethical services in line with Australian and International Standards.
As a proud signatory to the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, and the winner of the 2021 RCSA “Excellence in Social Purpose” Industry Award, we have created the WorkPath Australia Employment Program to assist ADF veterans in seamlessly transitioning from the military into civilian employment.
VSG are committed to diversity and inclusion and use all reasonable endeavours to encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women, veterans, people with disabilities and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
We use all reasonable endeavours to ensure there is an even gender distribution in delivering our services. Specifically, all VSG advertisements include the following statement:
“We always encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, veterans, people with disabilities and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in all of our job advertisements, and use all reasonable endeavours to ensure an even gender distribution in delivering our services.”
We also actively engage with the recruitment industry, including working with the RCSA to identify opportunities to improve the employment outcomes for people with disabilities and access requirements.
Bullroarers is a Supply Nation registered and Veteran accredited business created by Vertical Scope Group's CEO David Jam to help increase meaningful employment for Australia’s First Peoples. The company was founded following the frustration and difficulty Vertical Scope Group faced in finding his long-time friend Neal McGarrity, a highly qualified, proud Biripi-Dunghutti Indigenous Australian meaningful employment. David funded the creation of Bullroarers with Neal to give him the platform to offer the community and cultural services he was passionate about to the defence and national security industry.
Since being founded in 2020, Bullroarers has helped a range of corporates, local government, traditional landowner groups and Elders, and Indigenous Australians with community and cultural services and Neal has been listed as a finalist for ‘Indigenous Leader of the Year’ at the upcoming 2021 Defence Connect Awards.
To learn more about Bullroarers, visit their website: www.bullroarers.com.au
VSG have a strong connection to Australia’s First People and are dedicated to increasing parity with Indigenous Australians.
Our commitment to this is demonstrated through our prioritised use of Indigenous enterprises in our supply chain and the employment of Indigenous Australians. We use Bullroarers Australia and to support and deliver our services.
Since establishing an Indigenous Supply Chain, VSG have appointed Bullroarers Chief Cultural Ambassador Edwin James ‘Jim’ Mi Mi to advise our business on how to be more culturally aware and increase opportunities for Indigenous Australians through our recruitment and personnel services. This has led to the creation of a dedicated Indigenous Employment stream in our WorkPath Australia (WPA) Training and Employment Program where we offer Indigenous Australians fully paid for training with our RTO partners and pathways to employment opportunities.
In all of our communications, we include an Acknowledgment to Country, display traditional artwork in our office and were privileged to assist the Wakka Wakka people in developing a Remote Indigenous Veteran Embedded Ranger Services (RIVERS) program which was submitted to the North Burnett Regional Council in 2020. Our team provide regular business development and marketing support to Bullroarers Australia, including sourcing an investigations and intelligence team for them as part of their winning Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) tender submission.
VSG use Muru Office Supplies as our primary provider of office stationary and equipment which we provide to all of our employees and contracted personnel. Muru Office Supplies have an 80% Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander workforce and a portion of every dollar spent by VSG with Muru is contributed to support education, employment and health initiatives for Indigenous Australians.
Modern Slavery Statement
VSG are committed to eradicating Modern Slavery. As an RCSA Corporate Member, we are bound by the RCSA Code for Professional Conduct which was authorised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in 2019. Under the Code, Members are accountable to RCSA for meeting the Code’s standards of professional conduct.
Specifically, the Code requires Members to adopt values of personal professionalism and operational integrity which, amongst other things, require Members to protect work seekers from exploitation (including forms of modern slavery), conduct business in a way that avoids causing or contributing to exploitation through their activities, seek to prevent or mitigate risks of exploitation that are linked to their operations or services by their business relationships, even if they have not contributed to those risks.
Our supply chain are also committed to adhering to Modern Slavery laws and we require them to complete a Modern Slavery Questionnaire prior to working with us.