Darran is a past graduate of the Social Work program at Latrobe Albury-Wodonga. He was a part of the first student group to complete the 4 year undergraduate degree in 2001, before going on to complete his Honours. He then went on to work locally within the homelessness and housing sectors over a 10-year period. During this time Darran also worked for La Trobe on a casual contract basis as a tutor and guest lecturer. He continues his involvement in the housing and homelessness fields via research and as a Director of Rural Housing Network Ltd. Darran joined La Trobe on a full time basis in March 2011.