25 years of DESA Australia

DESA Australia has reached a milestone, with the company celebrating its 25th anniversary. Chairman Dennis Middleton reflects on the journey so far.

An electrician by trade, my dream of starting a business to provide a more comprehensive service to the clients I had been servicing for 10 years began to take shape in 1987. Over several months, I was advised and persuaded by my accountants that starting a business with limited funds, whilst daunting, was indeed possible.

The catalyst came in 1989 when the company for which I was working became a casualty of the ‘recession we had to have’ and I took the leap of faith in the hope that it would be possible to both take care of my excellent staff and our existing clients.

With my colleagues David Dewar and Stephen Scott, we launched Data and Electrical Services (Australia) mid 1989, little thinking that it would grow to become the company that it is today. All electricians by trade, we aspired to create a successful business providing a professional service installing communications and electrical cabling systems to all sectors of Business, Government and the Defence Force and, over the past 25 years, DESA Australia has grown to become an Australia wide industry leader.

We now operate six offices nationally – a Head Office in Melbourne and interstate offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra – and employ more than 300 people, providing our clients with one point of contact for their Electrical and Communications infrastructure requirements. DESA seeks to create value through business partnerships, industry best practice, internationally qualified staff and customer service focused on the best possible outcome for each individual client.

Since that decision made 25 years ago, we have continued to recognise the importance of our people and their contribution to the success of our business, whether they are a member of our Management Team or an inexperienced first year apprentice, and we have always strived to employ the best talent in the industry. This is reflected in the number of long serving employees with the company today – thirty eight of our current employees have been with us for between ten and twenty-five years with a combined service history of 615 years!

As part of our 25 Anniversary year, we are updating our corporate image and, over the next few months, will be rolling out new vehicle signage to our national fleet.

In an industry typified by poorly capitalised companies with regular financial collapses, we believe DESA stands testament to the value of sound financial management and a clearly defined strategy. We intend to continue growing the company over the coming years and to providing the high quality, cost effective installations our clients have come to expect, long into the future.

About DESA Australia

DESA Australia is a leading provider of infrastructure services to corporate business, government and the Australian Defence Force.

Founded in 1989, DESA Australia is a privately held company with offices in all major Australian capital cities, delivering high tech communications and electrical cabling solutions. DESA Australia has specialist skills in Data Centre, Security, Wireless, Audio Visual, Voice and Network infrastructure design, installation and maintenance.

For more information on how DESA Australia can help your business optimise its electrical and communications infrastructure, reducing the total cost of ownership, contact our head office on:

  • Tel: 613 9490 3907
  • Email: lesleyp@desa.com.au