March Member Networking Event

We are very pleased to announce our first member networking event of 2018!

The evening will feature a brief presentation from HSBC discussing the expat credit services, including home loans, available to our members.  Currently our members are able to open bank accounts and access credit cards before they receive their social security number, and start building a US credit score from Australia. 

Through this new program, our members can now access HSBC’s expat mortgages, an important service for those members who may be considering selling their Australian property and reinvesting in the US before the proposed changes to Australian Capital Gains Tax that come into effect in June, 2019.

All members are invited to attend as this event will be a great opportunity to meet other professional Australians, share your New York experience and make new friends.  Members are welcome to bring a complimentary guest.

Complimentary beer and wine, as well as a light buffet will be served.  You must be 21 or older to attend.

You can use the form on this page to RSVP for this event.

If you are not a member of The Australian Community, you will receive an email where you can purchase tickets using our secure online facility.  Non-member tickets are $45.00 to attend.

Venue:  One Art Space, 23 Warren Street TriBeCa NYC

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Subway Directions:

#4, 5 or 6 to City Hall

#W or R to Cortland Street

#1, 2 or 3 to Chambers Street

#A or C to Chambers Street

#E to WTC

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 7

Chapter 7:  Finding Work

The fact is that finding work in one of the most competitive cities on the planet is going to be a challenge for most Australians.  Landing in a US city with a freshly minted EAD or Green Card is only a ticket to the big league.

If you go into the game without understanding the rules or having a game plan, you will quickly start to accumulate some very unnecessary scar tissue.

Members of the Australian Community have access to resources inside our Private Social Network to assist in the job hunt.  They include our Employment and Mentoring Groups where they can make professional connections, access job resources and learn from the experience of other Australians.

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 7”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 6

Local Language 101

In 1887 Oscar Wilde wrote:  “We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.”  This observation is very true for Australians who move to the US.

Firstly, Americans have a very different Language of Friendship which can be puzzling to an Australian.  For example when two American women first meet they may positively remark on the other’s clothing, shoes or a pocket book (hand bag) to start a conversation.

“I have that exact same Birkin.  Did you buy that here or Hermès in Paris?”  

This does not necessarily reflect materialism, rather Americans will lead with visual cues in an attempt to create an instant connection with the other person on a socioeconomic level.

Australians on the other hand will look for common personal interests to connect.  This requires conversation, and some Americans are not so comfortable in sharing personal information with a stranger. Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 6”

How Many Ausralians are Living and Working in the US? V 3.0

For a number of years we have been publishing data on Australian visas from the Department of Homeland Security.  The information is released at different times of the year, and some interesting data has recently come to light to help sort out fact from fiction.

Ask any Aussie visiting New York and they will tell you that NYC is one of the most Australian Friendly cities in the World.

It is true that you can now buy a flat white coffee on nearly every corner, Tim Tams are sold in Target, and you can have a meat pie delivered to your door.  For the cost of a subway ride you can access dozens of Australian cafes and restaurants serving everything from Barramundi to Vegemite on toast.

The most often asked question is just how many Aussies are living and working in the US, and how many are just visiting? Continue reading “How Many Ausralians are Living and Working in the US? V 3.0”

#OzDayNYC Arts Awards Ceremony


On Friday January 26th 2018 The Australian Community will be recognizing the talents of Australian performing artists at an awards ceremony at Pier A in NYC.




In addition to our Honorees, the evening will include an awards ceremony to recognize Australians Artists who have assisted The Australian Community in 2017.

The Australian Community recognizes Amanda Bishop, Ben McHugh, Marika Aubrey, Nick Hardcastle, Kaye Tuckerman and Jeremy Youett.


Internationally acclaimed Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd will be giving a special performance.

The Australian Community's Top 100 Playlist will be featured throughout the evening.  



22 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004

We have all been to formal events where music and mixing are cut short to allow for lengthy dinner speeches.

Our members have been requesting an evening of formal attire - but with less formalities.  They want to recognize the success of fellow Australians living in NYC, but they also want it accessible and be able to to mix and make new connections throughout the evening.

Members and Guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty from the private Oyster Bar which is where the awards ceremony will be held.

The Australian Community Top 100 Australian Hits will be featured after the Awards ceremony concludes.

For those who are looking to party past Midnight, the Longhall Bar is open to 3:00AM. 

7:30PM - Red Carpet / Reception
8:30PM - Awards Ceremony
Dress - Black Tie / Cocktail
Cash Bar

We are now at public capacity for this event.


We appreciate the support of our Sponsors and donors who have made this event possible.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to support our organization, click here.

100% of donations go directly to assisting our programs in 2018.


Aussie Businesses in NYC – and where to find them: Sweat Yoga

After a very positive response following a series of articles featuring Aussie Cafés in NYC, we will be posting a series featuring Australian small businesses operating in New York.

We want our readers to learn about these businesses, where they are located, as well as share the personal stories of their owners.

We spoke with Wade Helliwell, the 6’11’ Australian professional Basketball player at his studio Sweat Yoga in New York City. Continue reading “Aussie Businesses in NYC – and where to find them: Sweat Yoga”

AFL Grand Final Gathering

It’s Adelaide vs Richmond, and the Australian Community is all set to go for the 2017 AFL Grand Final Gathering at Beckett’s on Stone Street.

If you are looking to attend the NY Magpies Grand Final Party, you can click here to be redirected.

Many of our members who live Downtown, or those who are looking for a more relaxed way to watch the Footy will be pleased to learn that Beckett’s will again be hosting our AFL Grand Final Gathering on Friday, September 29th from 10:00 PM.

Beckett’s is one of the best sports bars in NYC with two giant projection screens and wall to wall big screen TVs making it an ideal venue to watch the footy in comfort.

We will be preparing for the 12:30 AM kickoff with an all Australian playlist commencing at 10:00 PM.

We will be raffling our world famous $100 meat tray coupon just before kickoff to keep the evening humming along, and add to the excitement.

There is NO COVER, but your support of our raffle is appreciated.

Proceeds of raffle go to support our #KoalaGiving charitable initiative.

Use the form below to RSVP, and we look forward to seeing you there!

June Newsletter

We have a new Website!

The new website (as you can see) is built on WordPress as it is better aligned with our technology roadmap for distributing Public content.

Over the past six years, we have published dozens of articles, and taken hundreds of pictures going back to January of 2012!

As there are literally dozens of writers in the Community who would like to contribute features and articles, this new platform will facilitate a greater engagement for members wishing to contribute social and professional content.

Continue reading “June Newsletter”

Top 10 Reasons to Connect with our Private Enterprise Social Network

The challenges that face Australians living in the US are constantly evolving.  Our private social network is the perfect platform to access, and share knowledge with other Australian professionals!

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) registered public charity whose mission is to connect Australians through social, professional and charitable initiatives.  Since its inception in 2011, we have assisted more Australians overcome the challenges of living in New York than any other public charity.

As we enter our sixth year, we are now using the lessons learned in NYC to assist Australians overcome many of the same challenges across the US.

Continue reading “Top 10 Reasons to Connect with our Private Enterprise Social Network”

Announcing The Australian Community Mentoring Initiative

Finding better ways to connect Australians living in the US is core to our Mission. Therefore, we are very pleased to announce our latest initiative: The Australian Community Mentoring Initiative.

The Australian Community already has programs to assist our members with overcoming many of the challenges of living in the US.  The Australian Community Mentoring Initiative is the next step in assisting our members accelerate their careers to the next level.

Continue reading “Announcing The Australian Community Mentoring Initiative”

Find out how much you could be saving through our Preferred FOREX Rate.

“If there is a better rate on International wire transfers, we have not seen it!”

Members of The Australian Community transfer millions of dollars every year for business and personal needs.  Based on this volume, a preferred rate on International wire transfers has been negotiated with OFX.

Continue reading “Find out how much you could be saving through our Preferred FOREX Rate.”

Australians in Startups: Cara Zelas

When educator Cara Zelas and her husband got a dog for the first time, they expected companionship and love. What they couldn’t have predicted was that Little Dude would put Cara on the path to entrepreneurship.

Based on Little Dude’s work as a therapy dog in New York City, Cara has developed a six-book series and literacy based curriculum that teaches children 3 to 7 years of age about kindness, manners, feelings, empathy, respect, and courage.

Continue reading “Australians in Startups: Cara Zelas”

What would happen if The Australian Community appeared on Shark Tank?

If you are not familiar with Shark Tank, the TV show features Entrepreneurs pitching highly successful business owners on why they should invest in their company.

Theoretically speaking, if you could successfully pitch the Sharks on the value proposition of our organization to Australian Ex-pats, then attracting new members to join The Australian Community should be a no-brainer.

Continue reading “What would happen if The Australian Community appeared on Shark Tank?”

Our first networking event of 2017 included a private shopping experience on Fifth Avenue, NYC!

It was a packed house with members attending an exclusive networking event and private shopping experience at Microsoft’s Flagship Store on Fifth Avenue.

In January 2016, The Australian Community officially launched its Private Enterprise Social Network powered by Yammer at the Microsoft Store.  Since then, our Yammer Network has grown to the largest Australian private network in North America and contains a searchable knowledgebase built on the experiences of over 5,000 members who have connected with our organization since 2011.

Continue reading “Our first networking event of 2017 included a private shopping experience on Fifth Avenue, NYC!”

How our Members can quickly Access and Build US Credit – Even before they arrive in the US!

According to the latest US Department of Homeland Security statistics, 3034 Australians obtained legal permanent residency in 2015, and another 5,527 obtained E3 visas.

One of the main challenges facing these and thousands of Australian expats every year is how to access US credit and begin to build a US Credit Score.

Continue reading “How our Members can quickly Access and Build US Credit – Even before they arrive in the US!”