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Careers and Employability Students University Specialist Employment Partnerships

University Specialist Employment Partnerships (USEP)

Employment support for students with a disability

University Specialist Employment Partnerships (USEP) is a free, on-campus/virtual employment service that supports graduating or graduated students with a disability (including mental health conditions) who are seeking a final year placement or graduate employment.

The service is available to JCU students in their final year or within one year of graduation who have identified as having a disability and/or who access support from the University due to the impact of their disability. The program is available for Townsville and Cairns students who are Australian citizens.

The consultancy is provided by Mylestones Employment, a Disability Employment Service who has on-staff specialists in Townsville and Cairns focusing on Graduate Employment.


USEP provides students with:

  • Personalised assistance to get a graduate placement or job from an experienced on-campus consultant who specialises in graduate employment for students with disability
  • Support to ‘have the conversation’ about disability with prospective graduate employers where needed
  • Linkages to industry and supports to assist with finding graduate employment
  • Sourcing of positions and working directly with employers to increase disability confidence in their workplace before commencement of employment where needed.


A USEP employment consultant is available at the Careers and Employability Office (Level 1 of the Library) in Cairns and Townsville and appointments can be arranged by emailing

Phone, Skype or Zoom appointments are available for students (including external and graduated students) if an on-campus consultation is not the best method for you.

The Student Process

  1. Register - for USEP by emailing
  2. Meet - with the on-campus consultant to discuss options
  3. Design - a plan that outlines your employment goals
  4. Discover - a role that suits your skills and experience
  5. Support - a workplace that’s prepared, and an environment that suits you

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