Civilian Engineer Development Program Lifestyle

Never thought about living in Canberra? Before making a decision you might like to do a little research about what our city has to offer. It's certainly not all about politics!

Working at Defence - Canberra

The positions we offer are located at the Campbell Park Offices, Canberra. Campbell Park Offices offer excellent facilities including

  • Cafeteria
  • Credit Unions/ATM
  • Easy access to public transport
  • Free parking
  • Gym facilities


The Canberra lifestyle is unique, with many world-class attractions located in and around the city - or Civic as it is locally known. Easy access to the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the Australian War Memorial is often enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike.

On weekends Canberrans can often be seen enjoying a coffee in Manuka, a drink in Kingston's Green Square, alfresco dining, watching a movie under the stars, opera in the Australian National Botanic Gardens or simply shopping at one of the many centres. To find out what is happening in Canberra have a look at CitiSearch (external link). This website provides extensive information about product and services available in Canberra, as well as where to find them.

For those wanting more variety, Sydney, the NSW South Coast, country and ski slopes are all within a few hours drive.

Basic facts

Canberra has a population of approximately 403,000 people (2016) and is Australia's largest inland city. Located 281km from Sydney and 660km from Melbourne, Canberra is less than two hours drive from the South Coast and, in the opposite direction, the Snowy Mountains are about the same distance away. Canberra is a well-spaced city, divided into four main 'town centres': Woden, Tuggeranong, Belconnen and Gungahlin.


Canberra is known for its four distinct seasons, temperatures can get as low as -8°C with snow in winter, to over 40°C in summer. Average seasonal temperatures are as follows:

Season Climate Average Temperature
Spring Mild sunny days and cool evenings. 5 - 19
Summer Warm to hot and very dry. 12 - 27
Autumn Cool nights and warm days. 7 - 20
Winter Sunny but crisp days with occasional morning frost. 0 - 12

Social Network of Graduates (SNoG)

SNoG is a non-profit organisation run by graduates for graduates and has been around for nearly 10 years. The aim of the organisation is to connect Graduates of public service institutions in Canberra through various activities and events. It is especially applicable for Graduates relocating to Canberra from interstate by giving them the opportunity to meet new people and familiarise themselves with the ACT. To find out more visit the SNoG website at (external link).

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