Newsletter

Our expat banking and credit services with HSBC has been extended to include Home Loans.

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.

Read the latest data from the Department of Homeland Security on Australian non-immigrant visas including E-3 approvals – and denials.

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:

Access a better deal on FOREX through The Australian Community’s Preferred FOREX Rate.


For those members who transfer money internationally, you may not be aware of our preferred rate negotiated with OFX (OzForex). Under this referred 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 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 “Bonds of Mateship” Drinks on April 25 at Beckett’s NYC from 6:30PM to 10:00PM

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 “Bonds of Mateship” is core to our organization, and a great way to celebrate the ANZAC spirit in the US.

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.

Cheer for Australia in the Dodgeball World Cup in NYC!

The Australian Dodgeroos will be playing at Madison Square Garden on Saturday August 4, in the 2018 World Dodgeball Cup.  Watch the Australia Women’s team defend their World Cup title!

The Australian Dodgeroos will be competing in the Men’s, Mixed and Women’s Divisions. The Men’s and Mixed Dodgeroos teams will be competing for the top spot.  Games start at 10:30 AM.

Continue reading “Cheer for Australia in the Dodgeball World Cup in NYC!”

The Top Five Reasons to Join our Board of Directors!

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) US Public Charity and our Mission is to connect Australians living in the US through Social, Professional and Charitable initiatives.

We are expanding our Board of Directors to three women and two men to not only accurately reflect the demographics of our organization, but each Director will be an advocate for the five industries that represent 85% of our members to ensure our programs are not skewed to one profession.

Below are the Top Five reasons for joining our Board of Directors. Continue reading “The Top Five Reasons to Join our Board of Directors!”

Meet our 2018 Cycle for Survival Team

We have all read articles on the success of Aussie businesses and how they are changing the way Americans exercise, dress, eat and even drink coffee.  One Australian charity is raising money for rare cancer research and in the process changing the way Americans view the sun and skin cancer.

Every year since becoming a US Public Charity, The Australian Community has participated in Cycle for Survival – a National fundraiser hosted by Equinox to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to fight rare cancers.

The Australian Community 2018 Cycle for Survival Team: Rebecca Donev, Vanessa Mickan, Marika Aubrey and Robert Schlederer
Continue reading “Meet our 2018 Cycle for Survival Team”

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, 3,239 Australians obtained legal permanent residency in 2016, and another 5,609 obtained E-3 visas.

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!”