Life in Canberra

If you've never visited Canberra, or the last time you did was for a school excursion you probably need to broaden your view of Australia's capital! Canberra has all the essential services of a bigger city and is close to both the snow and the coast. Finance recruits many graduates each year, so if you are relocating from another city, you will have plenty of people to explore Canberra with. There is no shortage of things to do in Canberra. You will be kept busy (for at least your graduate year) exploring the many cafes, restaurants, museums, bars, wineries, bike paths and parks...the list is endless!

We understand that moving away from friends and family is a major life change, so we aim to help make the move as smooth as possible. We provide interstate graduates with relocation assistance and three weeks temporary accommodation while you find your own place.

Before you get to Canberra

The following websites will help you get around town and will give you an idea of what Canberra has to offer.

Finding somewhere to live

Canberra properties to buy, rent or share:

Meeting other graduates

The Social Network of Graduates [External Link] (SNoG) is an external group set up to help graduates network with graduates from different departments and organisations. They also organise various activities and events throughout the year.

Smart Fact Did you know? In Canberra we have warm to hot summers and crisp, clear winters. Canberra enjoys more hours of sunshine than Sydney or even the Gold Coast!

Once you Get Here

Getting around

If you're not driving, Action Buses  are the primary provider of public transport in the Capital. Deane's Transit Group operates in the areas surrounding Canberra.

Joining a sports club

You will find many websites that provide details on a wide range of local sport clubs and venues. You may also find that your colleagues are involved in, or know of sports clubs you could be interested in joining.

Socialising at Finance

There will be many opportunities to meet and socialise with the other Graduates once you start work with the Department of Finance. The department has a very active Social Club; throughout the year it hosts a number of cultural, fundraising, sporting and social events.

Local attractions

Canberra has plenty of things to see and do, from sports fans to art lovers, there is something to suit everyone.

Places to eat

Canberra has a number of excellent restaurants catering to all tastes.

Places to shop

There are large shopping complexes in all of Canberra's major town centres and outlet shopping is also available. Canberra also has a number of regular markets that sell produce, arts and crafts.

Places to holiday

Canberra is located a short drive from many beaches, national parks and other tourist attractions.

Contact for information on this page: Recruitment Programs