Join The Australian Community for our June Networking and Mentoring event.
Members are invited to attend this highly interactive evening.
Members are invited to attend this highly interactive evening.
“It is a legend of free and independent spirits whose discipline derived less from military formalities and customs than from the bonds of mateship and the demands of necessity.”
As Australian citizens living in a foreign land, we are yet compelled by the same “bonds of mateship and the demands of necessity” to honor the ANZAC legend by remember fallen Australians in a tradition that has continued for more than a century.
On Wednesday April 25th from 6:30PM The Australian Community is inviting its members and their guests to attend informal drinks at Beckett’s Bar and Grill located in the Historic Stone Street District of NYC to continue this tradition.
There will be a cash bar and food will be available for order for those who also wish to eat. Space is limited so RSVP is essential using the form below.
Wrap up of our March Networking Event at One Art Space
Our March Networking event at One Art Space was another great opportunity for members to meet other Australians living in New York. There were also a number of special announcements that were made on the evening.
This annual art competition is an opportunity for all Australian artists living in the Greater New York area to receive recognition from other Australians. The Challenge for creative Australians is to create a body of work – using any art medium – that best encompasses three elements: Australia, Community and New York.
The $500 first prize winner will be decided by popular vote by our members. If you would like to receive the competition rules and enter, you can complete the form on our website using this link.
The competition closes to entries at the end of September, voting will commence in early October and the winner and runners up will be announced in early November.
We wish to thank our sponsors HSBC and One Art Space for making this event possible. We would also like to thank all those who attended, and special thanks to another superb classical performance by Rupert Boyd.
In addition to Banking and Credit Card services, under this new program our members can finance up to 75% for a primary home, up to 70% on a second home, condo, co-op, one family etc. or finance up to 60% on an investment property – without a Social Security Number or two years of US tax returns to qualify!
This may come as good news to many Australians who have been on the fence about selling their Australian homes and purchasing US properties prior to the proposed changes to Australian Capital Gains Tax for non-residents effective June 30, 2019.
New and existing members anywhere in the US can qualify for credit and Home Loans under this HSBC program. To read more, or have a HSBC credit specialist reach out, details are on our website.
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 remarkable data has recently come to light. Read More:
For those members who transfer money internationally, you may not be aware of our preferred rate negotiated with OFX (OzForex). Under this 0.45% preferred rate, which is better than the best rate offered by TransferWise, members can transfer 36 major currencies internationally, and there is also an App.
Whether you transfer $500 or $50,000, you always get the 0.45% preferred rate.
Many members around the US who have had to begin repaying their student loans can now access this rate to transfer payments to Australia. There is no fee to sign up, and you can immediately compare your existing FOREX service with our preferred rate to see how much you can save. Click here to learn more and sign up is free.
ANZAC Day is just around the corner and for those who wish to attend the Dawn Service hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Consulate-Generals, you can find the information here.
The Australian Community will also be hosting an informal gathering at Beckett’s in the Historic Stone Street District from 6:30PM on ANZAC Day. Bringing together Australians in the “Spirit of Mateship” is core to our organization, and a great way to celebrate the ANZAC spirit in the US.
Space is limited so a RSVP is essential via the form on our website.
There will be a cash bar, food will be available to order and there is no cover.
Please reach out if our organization can assist you with any of your social, professional and charitable goals here in the US.
The saying “She’ll be right Mate” may be endearing in Australia, but here in the US, ignorance is not an excuse.
The Challenge for creative Australians living in New York is to create a body of work – using any medium – that encompasses three elements: Australia, Community and New York. Continue reading “The 2018 Creative Challenge Art Competition”
Illustrator and New Yorker a Nathan Pyle has released a book NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette that could be very helpful to Aussies arriving in New York. Below are just a few of the animated gifs contained in the e-book and available on Amazon and iTunes.
Definitely worth the investment!
The evening featured 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.
You can use this link to learn more about expat credit services available to members: www.aucommunity.org/news_hsbc/
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.
The Australian Community’s 2018 Creative Challenge art competition was also announced on the evening.
The Creative Challenge is an art competition open to Australian artists living in the Greater New York Area, and the entry can be in any medium of art that embodies Australia, Community and New York.
Click here to learn more and submit an entry in this year’s Creative Challenge.
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”
We spoke with Ana Ivkosic, the Founder of Wattle Café – an Aussie café located on Third Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets in New York City. Continue reading “Aussie Cafés in NYC – and where to find them: Wattle Café”
Our monthly gatherings are always an opportunity to make new Australian friends and share your New York experiences, so on the evening of Wednesday December 13 we will be hosting a small gathering where members and guests are welcome.
December is a difficult time to organize after work drinks given the number of competing office Holiday parties that happen this time of year. However, what is more difficult is being away from family and friends in a new city.
Our friends at Hole in the Wall's new café, which recently opened up on 15 Cliff Street in the Financial District, are opening up their doors for our members to gather together to share some Holiday cheer, and meet other Australians who are living in New York.
In addition to being a Café, the 15 Cliff Street location has a fully licensed bar so you have the choice of caffeinated or alcoholic drinks - not necessarily in that order!
An outside view of Hole in the Wall's Cliff Street location.
Space is very limited, so RSVP early as this event is likely to oversubscribe.
Details: No Cover - Cash Bar - Happy Hour Drink Specials - Snack Menu.
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.
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.
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.
On September 17, 2016 we commemorated these fallen Australians with a historic flag raising ceremony at Bowling Green in NYC.
We sat down with Catherine over a a flat white and asked her to share her story. Continue reading “Australians in Startups: Catherine Jackson”
While Brett’s e-commerce business model is thoroughly modern, the company has deep roots in Australia’s heritage as a wool-growing nation.
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.
Neil Smith aims to change that. His startup, Infraccess, will use big data technology to gather all the information about infrastructure projects from across the internet and deliver it to investors at one website.
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.
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.
One of the main challenges facing these and thousands of Australian expats every year is how to access US credit without a US Credit Score.
The simple reality is that no credit score is almost the same as a bad credit score! Thousands of Australians who arrive in the US experience the frustration of a zero credit history. Continue reading “How our Members can quickly Access and Build US Credit – Even before they arrive in the US!”