Living and working in Canberra

Welcome to Canberra! Ranked #1 city with the highest quality of living worldwide and #3 city in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018, the Canberra region is renowned for its snow, surf and stunning scenery. Relocating here for our Graduate Development Program would be sure to tick all the boxes!

Discover stylish restaurants, the sporting culture, boutique shopping and a busy calendar of events and festivals. A mere two hour drive will place you either in the middle of a ski field or at the beach, just take your pick!

Canberra lifestyle aside, we know that moving to participate in our Graduate Development Program creates huge change. Each year we have a number of graduates who relocate to Canberra, so you won’t be alone. You will be surrounded by many other ‘grads’ who are going through the same process of settling in.

The department will also 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 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. We are also spoilt for choice with local 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.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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