Living and working in Canberra

If you have never visited Canberra, or only came for a short break, you will be surprised with everything Australia’s capital has to offer. From the abundance of cafés and restaurants to some of the country’s best tourist attractions there’s no shortage of things to do.

It can get cold in Canberra but what better way to enjoy it than a two hour drive to the Snowy Mountains for a bit of skiing! If the snow is not your thing, just head the other way to visit the beautiful south coast.

We know that moving to Canberra to participate in our Graduate Development Programme is a major change—you are leaving your friends and family to start your new life. Each year we have a number of graduates who relocate to Canberra, so you will always be surrounded by other grads who are in the same situation, and going through the same process of settling in.

The department will provide relocation assistance and three weeks of temporary accommodation in a self-contained unit.

Before you relocate to Canberra

The following websites will help you get around town and find out some of what Canberra has to offer:

Securing permanent accommodation

The beginning of the year in Canberra is always busy for real estate agencies. With the majority of Australian Government departments located in Canberra, there are hundreds of graduates trying to secure accommodation at this time.

We would recommend looking at the websites below as soon as possible, in order to secure accommodation.

Once you arrive

Some local attractions

Places to eat

Places to shop

There are a number of large shopping complexes in all of Canberra’s major town centres, it also has a number of markets that sell fresh produce, arts and crafts.

Places to holiday

Canberra’s location is great if you like the beaches in the summer and snow in winter, it’s only approximately two hours’ drive to both and it is only a three hour drive from Sydney.