Biography of Soldier On Ambassador Dave Farrell

Dave Farrell

Service Ambassador

Dave Farrell enlisted in the Australian Army as a rifleman in March 1999. After completing his initial training, he was posted to the Second Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. Dave deployed to East Timor in September 1999 with 2 RAR and, upon return, continued his role as a rifleman until 2001. 

Dave then spent the next six months training at HMAS Cerberus for his next role as an Army Physical Training Instructor (PTI) before being posted to Darwin as a brigade PTI in December 2001. 

During his time as a PTI, Dave trained for the SASR selection course, which he successfully completed in September 2003. Dave spent the remainder of his career in the SASR until he discharged in December 2016. During his time as a SASR operator, Dave deployed on six tours of Afghanistan, one tour to East Timor and spent time in Iraq. 

Dave was awarded the Medal for Gallantry for his acts of bravery during a large enemy encounter during his first tour of Afghanistan in September 2005. 

Dave started Veterans in Construction (VC) in 2018. VC employ veterans in the Civil Construction Industry and provide them with meaningful employment 

Dave said, “I am honoured to become an Ambassador for Soldier On, and l am very passionate about not only raising awareness for Soldier On but also to create jobs for service personnel. The benefits of employment are enormous for both the employer and the service member”.