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  (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.
|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
If you're not driving, Canberra has a comprehensive public transport service. Action Buses run regularly to and from all areas 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.
Canberra has a plenty of things to see and do, from sports fans to art lovers, there is something to suit everyone.
- National Gallery of Australia 
- Australian Institute of Sport 
- Parliament House 
- National Museum of Australia 
- National War Memorial 
- Outdoor activities 
- Canberra Stadium 
Events in 2013
Canberra is celebrating 100 years since its foundation by hosting events throughout the year, showcasing the best Canberra has to offer. For more information on what's happening, check out the Canberra Centenary website:
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 there is outlet shopping at both Brand Depot and DFO. 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.