About Us

Proudly customer focused and driven to provide operational excellence, the UCS Group (UCS) is one of Australia’s leading urban development utility network services companies, efficiently connecting new developments to the electricity grid and NBN telecommunications network. UCS is a leading provider of sustainability solutions to communities, including solar, batteries, recycled plastics products and other technology solutions.

Having one of Australia’s largest self-provide network construction teams, with more than 20 years’ continuous operation experience, we provide full end-to-end services in project management, design, construction and commissioning of utility electrical and telco NBN infrastructure.

We will take responsibility of the whole planning and design process, through to strategic sourcing, construction, commissioning and handover – or we will team up with your existing partners and suppliers, to work seamlessly together.

Our experience, and professional expertise, is second-to-none, dealing collaboratively with developers, civil companies, utilities and regulators to ensure the smooth delivery of your network cabling project. Our list of customer and long-standing customer relationships is a credit to our company and people.

OUR HISTORY

In 1995, as the State Electricity Commission Victoria (SECV) was completing privatisation, and new private network companies took control, three skillful employees from Powercor Ltd resigned and founded the business called Underground Cable Systems (UCS). One of the founders, Niel Towan, is a current Non-Executive Director of UCS. The founders realised that developers needed better attention and faster service to build their projects. In 1995, the business started in Bendigo on their first project from Rory Costelloe’s Villawood Properties.

By 2001, through leveraging its highly skilled workforce and providing responsive and reliable services, UCS has built a reputation amongst its customers as the premium provider in underground network design and construction services. By 2006, recognised as an industry leader in specialist high voltage (HV) and low voltage (LV) cable jointing at utility standards, UCS continually expanded its pool of resources by bringing on new apprentices and developing training programs to increase the technical capability of its workforce. UCS is one of few utility contractors to continually reinvest in the industry through direct, employed apprenticeships, with around 10% of the workforce being apprentices.

By 2012, much of its work is undertaken on large residential and industrial subdivisions, and customers include land developers, civil contractors and other utility services companies. UCS becomes one of Australia’s largest specialist underground network design and construction contractors.

In 2016, UCS embarks on a major new business strategy of national expansion, with the view of replicating its well-regarding utility expertise nationally. During this period the UCS facilities were expanded into Melbourne’s East at Hallam, Melbourne’s West at Truganina and across the border into NSW at Campbelltown. This expansion continued in 2018 when a facility at Grovedale (near Geelong) was added.

In 2018, under its current CEO, UCS took the strategic view that it wanted to make a longer lasting and relevant impact on the communities it helps to create, thereby adding long-term value to its stakeholders, namely its customers and employees. UCS’s sustainability offering bolts neatly to its well-known electrical and telco NBN infrastructure solutions, encompassing commercial solar solutions, Urban Residential Development (or URD) products from recycled plastic materials and other sustainability focused solutions, such as batteries.

As we look into 2019, UCS is executing its UCS2023 strategic plan, with further expansion to the Central Coast of NSW and South Eastern Queensland in the planning phase.

Stephen Ellich

CEO & Managing Director

Stephen Mittell

Chief Financial Officer

John McLaverty

State Manager - NSW

Sam Towan

VIC URD Operations and Technical Shared Services (TSS) Manager

Cameron Watts

Business Relationship Manager

Craig Wilson

National Manager - Solar

Darren Anderton

HSEQ Manager

Joel Turvey

Construction Manager - Infrastructure

Nick Raymond

Construction Manager NSW

Peter McKay

Senior Design Manager

Simon Boyer

Tie-in Work Planning Manager

Wade Teasdale

Senior Estimator

Abhikesh Datt

Operations Manager (Victoria)

UCS Group specialises in deploying underground cabling solutions, commercial solar solutions, supplying sustainable products for communities, design, project management and Australia-wide logistics
UCS Power experts in the design, supply, deployment and auditing of underground cable networks for electricity.
UCS Infrastructure a division of the UCS Group experts in supplying underground cabling networks for electrical and telco NBN infrastructure.
UCS Comms a division of UCS Group specialising in full end to end telco NBN installation
UCS Sustainability, innovative division of the UCS Group focusing on renewable energies and emerging technologies
UCS Solar a division of UCS Group national provider of rooftop and ground mounted solar solutions for commercial sites
UCS Group specialises in deploying underground cabling solutions, commercial solar solutions, supplying sustainable products for communities, design, project management and Australia-wide logistics
UCS Power experts in the design, supply, deployment and auditing of underground cable networks for electricity.
UCS Infrastructure a division of the UCS Group experts in supplying underground cabling networks for electrical and telco NBN infrastructure.
UCS Comms a division of UCS Group specialising in full end to end telco NBN installation
UCS Sustainability, innovative division of the UCS Group focusing on renewable energies and emerging technologies
UCS Solar a division of UCS Group national provider of rooftop and ground mounted solar solutions for commercial sites