30 years ago, EPIC Assist was founded with the mission to make a difference in the lives of people with disability.
When our small, but passionate, team of four staff members opened their doors for the very first time in 1990, they never could have imagined the impact that their little service would grow to achieve in the next three decades.
Three states, 48 service centres, and over 250 staff members later, and we’re still working hard every day to change lives. Over the last 30 years, we’ve helped tens of thousands of people with disability find meaningful, sustainable employment. We’ve:
- helped write thousands of resumes
- applied for hundreds of thousands of jobs
- supported hundreds of students through their education journey
- donated thousands of dollars through our community grants program towards creating more inclusive and diverse communities
- provided mental health support to job seekers with disability
- created opportunities for emerging artists with disability to launch their careers as artists
- connected thousands of employers with like-minded staff
- broken down countless barriers surrounding hiring people with disability, and built more inclusive and diverse workplaces across our footprint.
30 years: looking forward, looking back
A lot has happened in 30 years, and we’re committed to making the next 30 just as EPIC. Here are a few things we’ve achieved along the way.
An EPIC 30 years
EPIC Employment Service Inc. is born
2 May 1990
MORE Inc. (EPIC’s predecessor organisation) was renamed EPIC Employment Service Inc. and became an incorporated body.
Prime Minister Bob Hawke visits
Prime Minister Bob Hawke (1983-1991) visited EPIC for the Prime Minister’s Small Business Employer of the Year Award afternoon tea.
Awarded Jobnet program
1 January 1994
EPIC was successful in being awarded one of only two Jobnet programs available in Queensland.
Partnership with the Mercy Centre
EPIC worked with the Mercy Centre to transition sheltered workshop employees into open employment. We commenced monthly dinners to build confidence and communication skills.
EPIC opens its doors on the Sunshine Coast
1 January 1998
Two staff members open EPIC’s Noosa office on the Sunshine Coast – the first centre outside of Brisbane.
Commence Community Support program
1 May 1998
We commenced a new program called Community Support to aid participants with accommodation, training, access to other support.
Michael Eastgate appointed CEO
1 June 1998
Mr Michael Eastgate is appointed as General Manager/CEO by the Board of Management.
EPIC opens its doors on the Gold Coast
1 June 1999
EPIC opens a service centre in Mermaid Beach with two staff delivering the JPET program to young people aged 15 to 21 who are at risk.
EPIC opens its doors in Nambour
1 July 2001
EPIC’s Nambour service centre opens, taking on 200 job seekers under a new trial case-based funding model.
EPIC opens their doors in Caboolture
To help service the increasing number of participants interested in EPIC’s services, we open our doors for the first time (of many!) in Caboolture.
EPIC opens its doors in NSW
1 July 2005
The Lismore service centre is opened in NSW to support 25 participants in the Richmond employment service area.
New CEO Keith Martin appointed
1 March 2006
EPIC Programs Manager Keith Martin was promoted to the role of General Manager/CEO replacing Michael Eastgate who joined our Board.
New Zealand offices open
1 July 2008
EPIC opened New Zealand offices in Christchurch and Dunedin to assist people with disability to seek and maintain open paid employment.
EPIC goes north
1 March 2009
EPIC opens our doors in Capricornia, Gladstone, and Fraser Coast, opening 17 new service centres and growing our staff from 93 to 195.
2 May 2010
EPIC Employment Service Inc. celebrates 20 years and undergoes a rebranding transformation.
EPIC expands to 24 new locations
4 March 2013
EPIC opens 24 new service centres to reach more people with disability.
CEO Bill Gamack joins EPIC
1 April 2013
Bill Gamack joins EPIC in 2013 to become our next CEO.
EPIC celebrates 25 years
EPIC celebrates a quarter century of supporting people with disability into meaningful employment.
EPIC Employment Service becomes EPIC Assist
1 July 2015
EPIC Employment Service Inc. is renamed to EPIC Assist, and the organisation underwent a branding transformation.
EPIC Education Assist launches
1 August 2015
EPIC launched Education Assist to support people with disability to undergo training.
30 November 2015
EPIC launched its inaugural art exhibition featuring artists with disability in celebration of International Day of People with Disability.
Planning 4 Life joins EPIC
1 December 2015
Tutoring and mentoring service, Planning 4 Life, joins EPIC Assist.
EPIC opens its doors in Canberra
7 May 2017
Despite guests preparing for chilly weather, the nation’s capital put on a gorgeous, sunny day for the launch of EPIC Assist’s Canberra office.
Partnership with QUT commences
3 November 2017
EPIC and QUT joined forces to see EPIC staff undertake training and become empowered to become the future leaders of tomorrow.
Launch of new website
1 March 2018
Our new website launched (yes, the one you’re reading right now!) and we’ve been sharing new stories and resources ever since.
Partnership with MBRIT commences
1 January 2020
EPIC started a new partnership with Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism to connect with employers in the region and spread awareness.
EPIC turns 30!
2 May 2020
It’s been 30 years since EPIC begun helping people with disability find meaningful employment. We can’t wait to see what the next 30 holds.