It all started with an idea to help our Aussie Veterans.

Our Story

How did Veterans in Construction/VCS get started

Over a coffee in early 2018, Dan Cairnes and Dave Farrell spoke about starting Veterans in Construction/VCS. Very quickly they realised they shared the same values and motivation to help others, so a handshake sealed the deal.

Why Veterans in Construction/VCS was started…

Veterans in Construction/VCS was started for one reason, “to help our ADF brothers and sisters secure a great job in the civilian sector”. We understand what attributes a veteran brings, and we know they will thrive in the construction industry


Secure veterans a pathway in to the civil construction industry.


To be the #1 civil construction workforce of choice, assist veterans, look out for each other, and work towards a healthier tomorrow.

The Servicemen Behind Veterans in Construction/VCS


Dan Cairnes

Dan served in the Australian Defence Force for over a decade where he fulfilled a variety of regimental, training and operational appointments as an Army Officer. Since leaving the military, Dan has built a career in the construction industry where he has worked on many large-scale projects, in roles ranging from crane operations through to project management. In addition to his trade qualification, Dan is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon and RMIT University where he attained an MBA (Executive).


David Farrell MG

Dave served in the Australian Army for 18 years, 14 of which were spent in Australia’s most elite unit, the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS).

Having deployed on 10 operational deployments, Dave has accumulated a unique and powerful range of skillsets.

Dave now shares his strategic thinking, problem solving, and robust leadership skills with the entire VC team and acts as a mentor to all employee’s. He is also a Registered Building Practitioner in Victoria.

A name you can Trust

Veterans in Construction is registered as a supplier with the Industry Capability Network (ICN), allowing you to hire the when you need them and find us amongst the other names that you know and trust.

Veterans in Construction are proud to certified as a Social Trader. Our profits are directed back into our company so that we can we can further serve our Veterans with further education, more resources and a better outcome for all.

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