In 1995, as the State Electricity Commission Victoria 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. The founders realised that developers needed better attention and fast service to build their projects. In 1995, the business started in Bendigo on their first project from Rory Costelloe’s Villawood Developments.

By 2001, by leveraging its highly skilled workforce and providing responsive and reliable service, UCS has built a reputation amongst its clients as the premium provider in the 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 expands its pool of resources by bringing on new apprentices and develops training programs to increase the technical capability of its workforce.

By 2012, the majority of its work is undertaken on large residential and industrial subdivisions, and customers include land developers, civil contractors and power distribution 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 to grow into a national operation servicing network requirements for underground cable systems.