#OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards 2019


On Saturday, January 26th 2019, The Australian Community will be hosting its annual #OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards to recognize Australians who have donated their time and talent to assisting The Australian Community in its charitable mission.

#OzDayNYC is a re-envisioning of Australia Day:  It is a modern celebration of Australian philanthropy and culture in New York, and not the establishment of a British colony more than two centuries ago.

Whether you are purchasing a single ticket, or a table for 10, everyone will feel welcome and have the opportunity to mix and socialize throughout the evening - and into the early hours at the After Party in the Long Hall Bar on the ground floor!




The Australian Community will be recognizing Amelia Cormack, Nick Atkinson, Lynda Kinkade, Rupert Boyd, Georgia Kate Haege and Kurt Sneddon for their charitable contributions to our organization.



Zjantelle Cammisa Markel is a top-rated Immigration attorney who practices law in New York City.  Zjantelle not only assists her clients on Business and Immigration issues, but has been an avid supporter of The Australian Community from our inception in 2011.

Zjantelle is being honored not only for her commitment to assisting Australians live and work in the U.S., but also for her Pro Bono commitments to our non-profit organization.

You can click here to learn more about the video series Zjantelle recorded on common expat immigration questions.



The Loft at Pier A will be the venue for #OzDayNYC 2019

22 Battery Place,
New York, NY 10004

7:30PM - Red Carpet Reception
8:30PM - Awards Ceremony
12:00AM to 3:00AM - After Party
Dress - Black Tie / Cocktail
Cash Bar

Members and Guests will enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty.

The Loft at Pier A features a Stage and Dance Floor. There will be a limited number of reserved 10 tables and seating available on the evening.

For those who were looking to attend the After Party, the Long Hall Bar is open to 3:00AM!




One of the items up for auction is "The Battery", a highly sought after, limited edition Hermès silk scarf.

Designed by Hermès artist Ugo Gattoni, the 100% silk twill, hand-rolled scarf depicts a vibrant aerial scene of the Battery and lower Manhattan with unexpected artistic flourishes.

This item is often framed and kept as a memento of New York.

If you cannot attend, and you would like to make a tax deductible donation to support our organization, please click here.

100% of money raised will go directly to assisting our programs in 2019.



Special live performances by our award recipients Amelia Cormack, Georgia Kate Haege and Nick Atkinson.

Playing the #OzDayNYC Top 100 Playlist will be DJ "Joey" Ballance.

There will also be a DJ at the After Party in the Long Hall Bar from 12:00PM!



The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and its Mission is to connect Australian living in the United States through social. professional and charitable initiatives.

All contributions are fully tax deductible under Section 170 of the IRS Code. The Australian Community is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.



NOTE: The format for the evening is a Black Tie, standing reception.
General Admission (G.A.) Tickets DO NOT include reserved seating. Cheeseburger Sliders and BBQ Potato Chips will be served during the Red Carpet Reception. There will be a Cash Bar.

Reserved seating has sold out.

In addition to Cheeseburger Sliders and BBQ Potato Chips, a selection of Hummus plates and Crudités Boards are included in the table ticket price. Drink service will be available for the Cash Bar. A 20% gratuity will apply for the table service.

Please forward all questions to admin@aucommunity.org

General Admission Member Ticket: $40. (Limit of 2 per member)
General Admission Non-Members Ticket: $60.
Reserved Table Seating Ticket: $100 (Sold Out)
Reserved Tables of Ten: $1,000 (Sold Out)

Tickets can no longer be purchased using this page.

A small number of General Admission tickets have been reserved at the door.

Please call 646 249 1741 to see if these tickets have sold out as well.

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According to New York State Law, once an Australian expat becomes a New York State resident, they have only 30 days to obtain a New York State driver license, as their Australian license is no longer valid.

At this point there are those reading this chapter who will be arguing “How will the Police know?” or “I can still rent a car with my Aussie license so why bother?” Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 16”

Spring Gathering at Taproom #307 in Gramercy

Join The Australian Community for our May 16th Social Gathering at Taproom #307.

It has been a few years since we last held a social gathering at Taproom 307,  but it was one of our most popular.  The location at 23rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Gramercy, which makes it geographically desirable for many members – including those in Brooklyn.

Taproom is known for its wide selection of beers on tap and great pub food.

You can RSVP using the link below.  Cash Bar, No Cover.

Our monthly gatherings are an excellent opportunity to meet other professional Australians in NYC, share knowledge and make new friends.

We hope to see you there!

Announcing the 2018 Creative Challenge Art Competition

The Australian Community Creative Challenge was first held in 2013 to recognize the diversity of Australian artistic talent living and working in the Greater New York area.

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 “Announcing the 2018 Creative Challenge Art Competition”

#OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards 2018


It was a star studded #OzDayNYC awards on Friday January 26th 2018 as The Australian Community recognized the talents of Australian performing artists at an awards ceremony at Pier A in NYC.




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

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


Internationally acclaimed Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd gave a special performance.

The Australian Community's Top 100 Playlist 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 enjoyed 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 featured after the Awards ceremony concluded.

For those who were 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 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.

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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”