We are in SA so cant comment directly on Canberra, but Im in the APS and theres a fair few at my work who have either worked over in Canberra or relocated to Adelaide from the ACT.
They all say theres plenty of (Federal Govt) jobs in Canberra and also thats its way easier to move up compared to say Adelaide or Perth. One lady said recently, and I quote 'you can be an absolute idiot and still reach APS6' (in Canberra) 😀.
Theres a fair few made the switch from State to Federal also. Im assuming you have your baseline security clearance? With that and your state govt experience you shouldnt have a problem, even if its just a contract gig to get you started.
Trying to attach scanned endorsed photo but no option to "choose file"? Any ideas?
EDIT: For some reason I had to attach the rear first, then it would let me click attach and took me to the page where you select your face!
It depends how prepared you are for roughing it. If you want to ease in gently, start by staying at camping sites which have proper toilets, showers with hot water and barbecues to cook on, somewhere close to civilsation so you can get to a cafe for breakfast. That will cut down dramatically on the amount of paraphernalia you need to buy.
Your first decision is what you're going to camp in - a tent or a camper or a caravan? If you're on a tight budget, the obvious choice is a tent. I would go for a 3-person or 4-person tent. A 2-person tent is literally big enough for two people to lie down in and not much else. However, if you're not an outdoorsy person, a note of caution, I'm not outdoorsy either, and I hate camping in tents because I hate bugs. Most modern tents do have zip-up doors but it's surprising how many creepy-crawlies manage to get in - especially in Australia!
When we first arrived in Australia, we camped in our car. We had a station wagon (estate car) - remember those? The back of a SUV or hatchback isn't as long as an estate, but people do camp in them. I prefer being up off the ground!
I’ve been an expat both in Africa and Brunei, both times working and living temporarily in another country on a contract, so could never be either a permanent resident or citizen.I am now an Australian citizen, so I am not an expat here.