We've scoured the internet looking for the best resources to help support your transition into Canberra. Below you'll find everything from local news and events, sporting and recreation facilities, public transport options and a wide range of community groups. If you think something is missing please email communications [at] dha.gov.au or dco.communication [at] defence.gov.au with your suggestions.
News and events
Welcome to Canberra
ADF families in Canberra are invited to join the local DCO team for an evening of family fun at our welcome event. As the heat turns up, we’ll be hitting Canberra’s popular waterpark, Big Splash! It’s bound to be a great evening where you can meet other Defence families and discover the services and activities available within the community whilst enjoying fun-filled surrounds. Registrations are open until 7 February unless booked out earlier.
When registering, please check that your email is accurate as we need to contact you about collecting your pool passes.
TICKETS ARE LIMITED. Once they've all been claimed you will be offered an opportunity to add yourself to the waitlist. If you require more than one ticket you need to waitlist more than one time (ie. if you'd like four tickets, add yourself four times). Tickets will be released from the waitlist as they become available, in the order that they were added. You will receive an email letting you know they've been released. You will then have two days to register before they are offered to another family. If you have booked tickets and are no longer able to attend, please be sure to cancel your registration so others can register.
NOTE: This event is only for ADF members and their families.
Public transport options
Sports and recreation
DHA has engaged with utility providers to deliver ongoing savings and benefits to Defence members and their families. To view the current offers and savings in your area, visit your Online Services dashboard.
To save money on your bill, check out the Energy-Saving Guide for the ACT.