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Security Cleared Specialists

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Vertical Scope Group are industry leaders who provide security cleared recruitment, contracting and consultancy services.

Operating nationally, we are 'Government Ready', possessing a Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) membership, a Supply Nation registered Indigenous Australian supply chain, and 100% Australian ownership.

We place an emphasis on strategically partnering with your organisation to enhance the capability of your workforce through dedicated talent pools, exclusive candidates and value for money solutions.

Our team have extensive executive, government and professional networks, including direct access to 600+ registered PV cleared consultants across Australia. VSG's senior management team and staff have over 10 years of expertise and knowledge specialising in security cleared recruitment and consulting.​

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Our Mission

To strengthen Australia’s sovereign industrial capability by ensuring access to security cleared personnel.

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Our Vision

To be Australia’s leading provider of security cleared personnel services to government, corporate clients and professionals.

Our Team

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DAVID JAM - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

David is a business executive and entrepreneur who has spent his career working with the defence and national security sector. It is this experience which fostered a specific interest in supporting veterans and transitioning ADF members, Australia’s First People and all Australian security cleared personnel. He has used his domestic and international executive experience to provide innovative workforce, training and employment programs to government departments and corporates globally.

David has dedicated his time to support the men and women who serve, secure and protect our country. He has built trusted relationships with stakeholders across government, defence, the national intelligence community, corporates, academia and training organisations. His multidisciplinary businesses are trusted to provide these areas with recruitment, personnel contracting, workforce planning, training and other niche security cleared services. Having founded Vertical Scope Group and the award winning WorkPath Australia program, he is proud to have co-founded Bullroarers Australia, an Indigenous Supply Nation registered, veteran accredited and owned SME.

www.linkedin.com/in/davidjam/

PETER SPIRIDIS - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Peter is a driven, adaptable lawyer with experience across a range of academic, athletic and corporate environments. As VSG’s Operations Manager and Chief Security Officer, he manages the organisations strategic development, governance, risk and compliance. Since joining VSG, Peter has used his 7 years management and customer service experience to implement Australian and international standards , including our DISP membership, and new systems and processes to ensure positive outcomes for our clients. Peter is currently in the process of joining the Army Reserves as an Officer and is a mentor for young professionals.

www.linkedin.com/in/peterspiridis/

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RYAN NAUGHTON - SUCCESS MANAGER

Ryan is a passionate marketer who has been instrumental in developing successful campaigns like TransformIT 2020, social media strategies and innovative talent attraction plans which have grown VSG’s talent pools. As the Head of Customer Success, he has contributed to our highly successful interview to placement ratio on government procurement panels and enjoys assisting a wide range of professionals across ICT, cyber, defence and national security domains to find meaningful employment.

www.linkedin.com/in/verticalscope/

ICT CONSULTANTS

We employ multiple full time security cleared Consultants to support our corporate and government clients within the defence and national intelligence community. Our team works across multiple domains including ICT, Cyber, Strategy, and Program Management.

RECRUITMENT CONSULTANTS

Since our inception, we have enjoyed strong growth despite being a small recruitment team. We are currently looking for multiple Associates, Consultants and recruitment professionals at all levels who are eager to grow with our organisation. We support tier 1 clients and government panels and invite you to join our award winning team.

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ICT Consultants

We are constantly looking for highly skilled, Trusted, Expert and Reputable consultants to join our team and invite you to submit an Expression of Interest to work with us.

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Recruitment Consultants

Vertical Scope Group are on a mission to become Australia’s leading security-cleared recruitment specialist. We are looking for motivated recruitment consultants to help us deliver award winning candidate care and work closely with veterans to help them seamlessly transition from the military into meaningful civilian careers.

Join Our Recruitment Team

We are committed to our team’s continuous growth and offer a transparent career pathway.

Employee Quotes

“It has been incredibly rewarding to work with VSG and help support critical infrastructure projects and work with genuinely passionate people”

Matt | ICT Consultant

“In short, Vertical Scope Group have demonstrated that they are interested in my future career development and my personal well-being within VSG”

Sam | ICT Consultant


“Vertical Scope Group is a forward thinking, innovative company. Not only do we give young professionals opportunities to shine but we are motivated by helping people find meaningful employment – everything else is a bonus”

Peter Spiridis | Operations Manager

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​Our History – Proven in ICT and Cyber

Vertical Scope Group’s history begins in 2009 when our CEO David Jam created Vertical Scope Defence Industry Recruitment (VSDIR) to further his interest in supporting veterans and the Defence community. VSDIR quickly began servicing key defence projects including the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap (JDFPG), and SEA1000 by providing ICT personnel.

It did not take long for David to become acutely aware of the crippling skills shortages that were impacting the industry. As a patriotic Australian, David was frustrated by the underutilisation of veterans, and Indigenous Australians, and the lack of professional upskilling opportunities for security cleared professionals. To address these challenges, and evolve the business beyond pure recruitment, the decision was made to create the Vertical Scope Group (VSG) as an end-to-end service provider for the defence and national security industry. This included providing recruitment, contracting, consultancy and transition services to clients.

In 2020, we commenced a full knock-down rebuild of the business despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, we have become a Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) member, won 2 government tenders, secured multiple direct contracts with Commonwealth agencies where we provide our consultancy services, implemented global standards and joined 13 multinational supply chains. Our rapid success has been recognised by industry peak bodies, the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA), and Defence Connect where we have been named as finalists for ‘Start-up of the Year’.

Key Projects

  • 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.

    Learn more about our investigation services here.

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

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

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Indigenous Engagement

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 were we offer Indigenous Australians fully paid for training with our RTO partners and a 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.​

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I use a recruiter?

    • Finding your dream job can be difficult, securing it can be even harder. VSG can act as your advocate by utilising our extensive experience with government, defence, and corporate clients to help you access the roles available on the hidden job market. We also manage the recruitment process for you, helping you prepare your CV, refine your interview skills and transition into your new role. By using us, you give yourself the best chance of success.

  • What does becoming a contractor involve?

    • Becoming a contractor means you have the ability to control your remuneration, the types of projects you work on and how long you work for. Because contractors are self-employed, they need an Australian Business Number (ABN), and may be responsible for their own superannuation, insurances, and taxation obligations. Typically, contractors are employed for a shorter period of time and earn a higher rate of pay in lieu of employee entitlements. To make contracting easy, VSG provide professional indemnity, product liability, and workers compensation insurance to our contractors.

  • How long does the recruitment process take?

    • The recruitment process varies on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the client’s requirements, the process can take anywhere from 2 weeks to over 6 months. VSG will keep you updated each step of the way and let you know how your application is progressing.

  • Should I apply for a specific job via the VSG website, or apply directly?

    • Either option is fine with us! However, candidates who have applied for a specific role via our website are immediately entered into that job process so will be prioritised.

  • What happens when I submit my CV?

    • Once you submit your CV, one of our consultants will review your application and provide some immediate feedback. We may interview you and create a VSG profile which highlights your relevant skills, experience and education. We use this profile to determine suitable roles which are aligned to your career objectives and bring these to your attention. We take your privacy seriously. VSG will never release your CV or details without your explicit written consent. At all times, your personal information is treated in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and at any time, you can request your details to be removed/deleted from our system.

  • Does a robot manage my application?

    • No. Unlike generalist recruiters, we assign an experienced consultant to manage your application and answer your questions.

  • How do I keep up to date with job opportunities?

    • With so many different job platforms, it can be hard to target the ones you’re interested in. Register for our Job Alerts and our newsletter, The Scope to help set your sights on the latest security cleared job opportunities.

  • When will I hear back after I’ve applied?

    • We adopt a holistic approach to candidate care by incorporating it into every stage in our recruitment process. Once you’ve applied for an opportunity, we will respond to you within 1 Business Day and outline the next step in our recruitment process. All candidates receive a dedicated Success Manager whose role is to maintain an open line of communication with you and guide you to your next employment opportunity.

  • Will I get feedback if I’m unsuccessful?

    • Absolutely. All VSG candidates receive feedback in the event they are unsuccessful. This occurs in both the application and interview stage. We aim to pass client feedback onto you within 3 business days once we have been notified of an outcome concerning your initial representation or subsequent interview. As a relationships based company, and we will also provide you with “unbiased advice” and assistance to help you find meaningful employment. This includes providing support throughout the whole process with your CV, criterion responses and interview coaching ect.

  • How do I keep up to date with job opportunities?

    • With so many different job platforms, it can be hard to target the ones you’re interested in. Register for our Job Alerts and our newsletter, The Scope to help set your sights on the latest security cleared job opportunities.

  • What does being a named personnel mean?

    • VSG frequently responds to local, state, and federal government tenders, known as Approaches to Market (ATM), Request for Quotation (RFQ) or Request for Information (RFI). As part of this process, we are often required to submit a team of highly skilled and suitable individuals that we will utilise if we are successful in winning the tender. We contact our professional network and candidates to create the team that will work with us and deliver. If you are listed as named personnel, it means we have discussed the opportunity and VSG have selected you to be represented in our tender submission and you have agreed to be put forward as VSG named personnel.

  • How and when do I get paid?

    • VSG require all contractors and causal employees to submit their approved timesheets at the end of each time period (usually fortnightly, sometimes weekly or monthly), within three business days of time period ending.

      We treat our casual employees and contractors like our permanent employees. You be paid on a regular day, typically on a fortnightly basis, to your bank account. You will also receive a detailed pay slip which clearly states your rate of pay, and if appropriate, your amounts of deducted superannuation and PAYG tax withholding.

Security Clearances

  • What is a security clearance?

    • Certain government projects require individuals to possess a high level of integrity and immunity to influence or coercion. In Australia, this level of integrity is measured by a security clearance. A security clearance indicates that an individual possesses honesty, trustworthiness, maturity, resilience, tolerance and the loyalty deserving of gaining access to sensitive information.

  • Who is eligible?

    • Only Australian citizens with a verifiable background are eligible for an Australian Government security clearance. Applicants must provide evidence of their citizenship and provide independent, reliable verification for time spent outside of Australia.

  • How can I get a security clearance?

    • All security clearances require a sponsor. Usually this is a government agency or an organisation with a Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) membership as individuals cannot sponsor their own clearance. VSG are a DISP member and have the ability to sponsor our own internal employees. We can also facilitate the security clearance process for professionals looking to obtain a security clearance through our DISP partner. Our DISP partner guides you through the process, will sponsor your clearance and manage any ongoing security training and administration in exchange for an annual fee. If you are interested in obtaining a security clearance, please submit an Expression of Interest below and we will pass your details onto our DISP partner.

  • What is the DISP?

    • The Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) is a Defence run program designed to make it easier for corporate organsiations to support the Defence industry by sponsoring security clearances up to Negative Vetting 2 for employees. To become a DISP member, organisations must implement a series of strict physical, personnel and ICT security policies, procedures, standards and controls.

  • What is the security clearance process?

    • The security clearance process involves conducting a series of checks to determine your suitability to access sensitive information. It involves an investigation into an individual’s background and character. You must have a sponsor (either the Government, or your organisation) to be eligible for a security clearance. Simply put, you need a reason to be security cleared.

      There are four (4) different clearance levels ranging from Baseline to the highest level - Positive Vetted (PV). The higher the security clearance level, the process is more detailed, time-consuming and invasive.

      Clearance level

      Level of ongoing access permitted

      Level of conditional Access

      Baseline

      Classified resources up to and including PROTECTED.

      Negative Vetting Level 1 (NV1)

      Classified resources up and including SECRET.

      NV1 security clearance holders can be provided with temporary access to TOP SECRET classified resources in certain circumstances.

      Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2)

      Classified resources up to and including TOP SECRET.

      An NV2 security clearance will be sufficient for most roles requiring intermittent access to TOP SECRET classified resources.

      Positive Vetting (PV)

      Classified resources up to and including TOP SECRET, including some caveated information.

      PV clearances should only be sought where there is a demonstrated need to access extremely sensitive information, capabilities, operations and systems. Entities should first consider whether an NV2 clearance would meet the position’s requirement for a security clearance.

      https://beta.defence.gov.au/security/clearances/about/overview

  • How long does the security clearance process take?

    • Below is a general guide to the timeframe for each clearance level:

      Clearance level

      AGSVA issues vetting pack

      Applicant completes vetting pack

      AGSVA completes vetting assessment

      Baseline

      5-10
      business days

      20 business days

      ​20
      business days

      Negative Vetting Level 1 (NV1)

      5-10
      business days

      ​20 business days

      ​70
      business days

      Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2)

      ​5-10

      business days

      20 business days

      ​​100 business days

      Positive Vetting (PV)

      5-10
      business days

      20 business days

      ​180 business days

      https://www1.defence.gov.au/security/clearances/about/vetting-time-frames

  • What level of security clearance do I need?

    • The level of clearance required will vary on a case-by-case basis. In Australia, the security clearance level will vary depending on the extent to which the individual will be directly or indirectly exposed to sensitive or classified information. You may also require a higher security clearance if you are in a position of trust or for specific roles within government departments.

  • What occurs during the vetting process?

    • Obtaining a security clearance is not easy (as outlined above). Your application will be vetted to assess your suitability and maturity to hold a clearance and if approved, you will be subject to ongoing monitoring to ensure you maintain the integrity needed for your clearance. At any time, you can withdraw your application by contacting the relevant body managing your application at that point in time.

  • Can I have multiple security clearance sponsors?

    • Yes, you can have multiple sponsors of your security clearance. This can occur if you are working across multiple programs or supporting a government department as a subcontractor. Under the DISP, you are required to inform your sponsors of any changes in circumstances or if any concerns arise which may impact your clearance.