#OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards 2020

2020 #OzDayNYC Black Tie Gala

 

On Saturday, January 25th, 2020, The Australian Community will again be hosting its annual #OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards to recognize Australians who have donated their time and talent to assisting our nonprofit organization in its charitable mission.

#OzDayNYC is a re-envisioning of an Australian Black Tie Gala: It is a modern celebration of Australian philanthropy and performing arts.  It is an opportunity for our professional community to come together and celebrate the achievements of other Australians living in the United States.

Whether you are purchasing a corporate sponsorship or a single ticket, everyone will feel welcome.  The relaxed format of the meal, and a premium open bar, ensures everyone will have every opportunity to socialize and network throughout the evening.

Members and invited guests will be entertained with live performances by award winning Australian talent.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid in our Charity Auction to support The Australian Community’s charitable Mission.

Holding the After Party in the Long Hall Bar on the ground floor means that there is no need to leave the building for those who wish to continue the festivities into the early hours.

HONOREE

Jeremy Balkin is a best selling Author, Philanthropist and leads the Innovation Strategy for HSBC's Retail Banking and Wealth Management business in the USA.

Jeremy is being honored not only for his achievements in Business and Philanthropy, but also for his advocacy for our non-profit organization, and his support of our expat initiatives.

2020 "JOEY" RECIPIENTS

 

The Australian Community will be recognizing Georgia Kate Haege, Elise McCann, Hilary Cole, Tamara Hansson, Sean Wayland and Ben McHugh for their talent, and charitable contributions to our organization.

 

VENUE

The Loft at Pier A will be the venue for #OzDayNYC 2020

PIER A
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

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 Sponsor tables, with General Admission tickets available.

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

MENU

To maximize the time spent mixing and making new connections, the food service will consist of a casual, but elegant Buffet and Carvery for all attending.

This format has proven very popular in past years as members and guests can dine at their leisure.

The ticket price includes a Premium Open Bar.

CHARITY AUCTION

Leading Australian businesses will be donating prizes to our Charity Auction.  Check back to see which items will be up for bid on the evening

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 charitable programs in 2020.

MUSIC

Special live performances by our "Joey" recipients.

The DJ will be playing music throughout the evening, with dancing after the award ceremony.

SPONSOR TABLES NOW SELLING

Honoree Table: $1,000 per ticket (Only 8 tickets available).

Platinum Sponsor 10 Table:  $5,000 each.

Gold Sponsor 10 Table:  $3,500 each.

Individual Table Tickets go on sale January 2020.

Please forward all questions to admin@aucommunity.org

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Become a Platinum or Gold Sponsor of the #OzDayNYC Black Tie Gala and enjoy the following benefits:

Company logo and link on the #OzDayNYC event page.

Company logo on the #OzDayNYC event program.

Company logo displayed at the event.

Recognition during the formal proceedings.

Recognition in our social media channels, pre and post event.

Contact admin@aucommunity.org to discuss the many sponsorship opportunities available for your organization including donations to the Charity Auction.

Click Here to download a brochure listing all of the benefits of becoming an event Sponsor.

ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY

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.

The Australian Community is qualified to receive tax deductible donations, bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 170, 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the IRS Code.

 

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November Celebration @ HSBC Fifth Avenue

Join Members of The Australian Community at HSBC's Fifth Avenue offices for our November Celebration and Networking Event!

On Thursday November 14, our friends at HSBC are generously hosting our eighth anniversary with a networking event at their corporate offices at 452 Fifth Avenue - Entrance on 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Please join us as we celebrate eight years assisting tens of thousands of Australians transition to the United States. It will be a great opportunity to mix and meet other professional Australians living in New York.

Alcohol will be served, so you must be 21 years or older to attend.

Members and their guests must RSVP so that they are pre-registered with building security.

 

The HSBC office location is on Fifth Avenue at 40th Street.

 

This event has oversubscribed!  If you are a member and you wish to be added to the stand by list, please email admin@aucommunity.org. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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Aussie Businesses in NYC – and where to find them: Joe Bananas

There are literally dozens of Australian businesses who have opened shop in New York.  Some we know well, and others not so well.

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 owner and designer Evan Sturrock, to learn more about the Joe Bananas’ 943 Madison Avenue location. Continue reading “Aussie Businesses in NYC – and where to find them: Joe Bananas”

AFL Grand Final in New York 2019

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The 2019 AFL Grand Final is just around the corner, and The Australian Community is hosting its AFL Grand Final party in New York at Beckett's Bar and Grill.

The AFL Grand Final has the Richmond Tigers lining up against the Greater Western Sydney Giants, so it will be Melbourne vs Sydney in New York!

Many of our members who live Downtown NYC, or those members who are looking for a more relaxed way to watch the AFL Grand Final will be pleased to learn that Beckett's will again be hosting our AFL Grand Final Gathering on Friday, September 27th from 11:00 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 raffling our world famous $100 meat tray coupon and other giveaways at half time to keep the evening humming along, and add to the excitement.

If you would like to support our raffle, tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.

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

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible under the IRS Code.

There is a limit of 100 members and guests for this event.

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August “Hudson Adjacent” Event at Pier A

Join The Australian Community for our annual Hudson Adjacent gathering at Pier A, 22 Battery Place NYC.

Cruises on the Hudson can be a lot of fun, but for those members who work late or have to leave early, they can be a challenge!

The success of August on the Hudson social gatherings at Pier A, is in part due that you can have a great Hudson adjacent experience, but you can come and go anytime - and the only thing rocking is the DJ!

Pier A's history, architecture and location makes it an ideal venue for our members to enjoy the August weather, and be right on the water.

If you are looking for an actual cruise on the Hudson, the free Staten Island Ferry is only a hundred meters away!

The Long Hall Bar at Pier A

Pier A is massive, so The Australian Community has reserved a section of the Long Hall Bar for our members to easily find us.

Cash Bar - No Cover.

 

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NYC FC vs Seattle Sounders FC @ Yankee Stadium

Join Members of The Australian Community at Yankee Stadium to watch NYC Football Club take on the Seattle Sounders.

Whether you are a super fan of Soccer, or just looking to check off Yankee Stadium on your NYC bucket list, this promises to be a great evening of sports and making new Australian connections.

The Seattle Sounders have an Aussie Socceroo on the roster, Brad Smith, so there is an additional reason to attend.

 

 

Our friends at NYCFC have put together a special package with reserved Bleacher seating in Section 204 for our members, on Wednesday July 3rd - so you do not have to worry about work the next day as it is a public holiday!

Tickets are just $30 and include a $10 gift card for purchasing food and drinks at the concessions!

 

 

The game starts at 7:00PM so the plan is to meet at the clock in Grand Central Station at 5:30PM and take the 4 Train to 161st Street - Yankee Stadium.  This way if you have never taken the Subway to (and from) the Bronx, or you prefer to travel as a group, no Aussie will be left behind!

This event will be an excellent evening of sports and making new friends.

An aerial view of the seating at Yankee Stadium, and the layout of the pitch.  The seats are in Section 204.

Click Here to purchase Tickets for the game and receive a $10 Gift Voucher for the concessions!

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June Networking Event @ HSBC Fifth Avenue

Join Members of The Australian Community at HSBC's Fifth Avenue offices for our June Networking Event!

Our friends at HSBC are generously hosting our June Networking Event at their corporate offices at 452 Fifth Avenue - Entrance on 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Although we have space for 100 Members and their guests, we expect this event to oversubscribe, so RSVP now to avoid disappointment.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to mix and meet other professional Australians living in New York at a marquis Midtown location.

Alcohol will be served, so you must be 21 years or older to attend.

Members and their guests must RSVP so that they are pre-registered with building security.

 

The HSBC office location is on Fifth Avenue at 40th Street.

 

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A Coffee and a Conversation with an Australian living in New York: Nathan Subramaniam

The Australian Community has always recognized the unique challenges faced by Australian living and working in New York, so it has recorded a Podcast series where our members discuss their personal experiences.

Below are excerpts from our conversation with Nathan.

Continue reading “A Coffee and a Conversation with an Australian living in New York: Nathan Subramaniam”

SunSafe Lawn Bowls @ Bowling Green NYC

Join us for our Historic #SlipSlopSlap Lawn Bowls Competition at Bowling Green in Downtown NYC.

This summer The Australian Community is raising awareness of Melanoma, and a Sun Safe game of Lawn Bowls at the most historic public park in the U.S. is the perfect location to demonstrate Sun Safe outdoor activities.

For the past five years, The Australian Community has been raising awareness of Melanoma amongst New Yorkers through its #SlipSlopSlap campaign.

Although Bowling Green was the center of Lawn Bowls in NYC under the British, ever since George Washington marched down Broadway in 1783 and lowered the Union Jack, its been challenging to get teams together for a few friendly Ends!

The good news is that we have assembled a group of Sun Safe Australians to compete in the Inaugural #SlipSlopSlap Lawn Bowls competition to be held on June 8, 2019 at Bowling Green!

 

 

Hydration is important so Bundaberg has donated a few cases of their famous Ginger Beer for players and spectators to enjoy!

If you are free on the afternoon of Saturday June 8 and would like to be part of history, the first End is at Noon.

#SlipSlopSlap #KoalaGiving

More than 1,000 New Yorkers in NYC and Long Island die of Melanoma each year.

 

According to the CDC, there were a total of 8,882 annual new cases of Melanoma diagnosed in NYC and Long Island, of whom, 1,015 died.

To read how The Australian Community is raising money to raise awareness of Melanoma and the need to #SlipSlopSlap, you can click here to read the article.

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May TAC Talk @ The Microsoft Store

Join The Australian Community on Wednesday May 29, 2019 for the first in a series of breakfast "TAC Talks" at Microsoft's Flagship Fifth Ave Store!

Members are invited to attend this highly interactive series where Thought Leaders within The Australian Community (TAC) will discuss the challenges for expats transitioning to the U.S., and New York specifically.

Our guest speaker on May 29 will be Jennifer Ryan who will be sharing her personal experience as a U.S. Human Resources executive, and her work as a Life Coach.

For those members who have joined our Community Job Fair, or you have "Private Fifth Avenue shopping experience" on your New York bucket list, this is a must attend event.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to mix and meet other professional Australians living in New York.

Please use the highlighted entrance when you arrive at the Store.

The Microsoft Store is located on Fifth Avenue at 53rd Street.  The entry for the event is through the door located to the left of the main entrance - see image.

Members and guests will have the opportunity to experience first hand, the latest Microsoft products, including HoloLens Mixed Reality technology as well as a tour of Xbox Studios and 3-D theatre.

The TAC Talk series will be recorded and made available to present and future members of our private Yammer Network. We have reserved a private conference room where coffee and pastries will be served.

 

This Event has reached capacity.  We look forward to welcoming all of our attending Members and Guests at the Microsoft Store.

 

 

 

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Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 17

Explaining the E-3 Visa to an Employer.

In any given year there are more than 200,000 applications for 65,000 available H-1B visas. For many employers this lengthy and expensive process fails to produce a work visa. As most employers’ experience when hiring non U.S. citizens is the H-1B visa, explaining why the E-3 visa is vastly different is best explained by an Immigration professional.

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 17”

#ANZACDayNYC “Bonds of Mateship” Drinks

"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."  Hon. P.J. Keating.

As Australian citizens living in the U.S., we are yet compelled by the same "Bonds of Mateship" to honor the ANZAC legend by remember fallen Australians in a tradition that has continued for more than a century.

On Thursday April 25th from 6:30PM The Australian Community is inviting its members and their guests to attend informal drinks at Beckett's Bar & Grill located in the Historic Stone Street District of NYC to continue this tradition.

For those who may have missed it, below is a video of the 2018 Dawn Service in NYC.

There will be a cash bar and food will be available for order for those who also wish to eat.

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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:

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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.

Where in the World are Australians (re)Applying for an E-3 Visa?

For a number of years we have been publishing data from the Department of Homeland Security on Australian visas approvals including the E-3 visa.  This article answers a persistent questions on social media:  “Has anyone recently applied for an E-3 at [INSERT CONSULTE NAME]?”.

Digging into the data we have found a report with the latest data (February 2019) showing the number and types of E-3 visas broken down by US Consulates from around the World. Continue reading “Where in the World are Australians (re)Applying for an E-3 Visa?”

How Many Australians are Living and Working in the US? V 4.5

For a number of years we have been publishing data on Australian visas from the Department of Homeland Security. This report shows data from the DHS on exactly how many Australians are living and working in the U.S..

Given the past growth in the number of Australians in New York and other large cities, a persistent question is how many Aussies are living and working in the US, and how many are just visiting?

The Data

The latest data from the DHS indicates that for the first time in a decade, the number of Australians on non-immigrant visas dropped by more than 3.5%, driven by a significant drop in the number of E-3 visa approvals in 2018.  We also saw a drop of 16.5% in Australians entering the U.S. on a B-1,2 visa.
Continue reading “How Many Australians are Living and Working in the US? V 4.5”

Spring Gathering

Members and guests are invited to attend this special evening co-hosted by New York Life on the 29th Floor of the Equitable Building located at 120 Broadway, NYC. 

It's time to start enjoying the warmer weather and this event will be a great opportunity to mix and network with other professional Australians.

 

Beer, wine and soda will be served on the evening.  You must be 21 or older to attend.

A buffet of cheese, fruit and vegetarian snacks with also be provided.

Complimentary admission for Members and their guests.

Non-member admission is a suggested $20 donation per person.

 


Unfortunately, we have reached capacity for this Event.  We hope to see you at our Bonds of Mateship drinks, on April 25th. 

Thank you.

 

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A Coffee and a Conversation with an Australian living in New York: Kathleen Simmonds

The Australian community has always recognized the unique challenges faced by our women members, and has recorded a Podcast series discussing some of those challenges. 

Below are excerpts from our conversation with Kathleen.

Kathleen Simmonds is an Actor and Producer, and joins us for a coffee and a conversation in New York.
Continue reading “A Coffee and a Conversation with an Australian living in New York: Kathleen Simmonds”

Community Job Fair v2.5: Now Accepting Applicants!

If you are an Australian in New York, and you are seeking full time employment, we may have good news!

After our recent article on the challenges Australian Job Seekers would have faced if H.R. 7164 passed the Senate, a decision has been made to broaden our existing Community Job Fair 2.0 to include all Australian job seekers who are physically on the ground  in New York City. 

The goal of Community Job Fair 2.5 is to increase the number of Australians who successfully apply for E-3 visas, starting with New York.  By extending components of our Community Job Fair to all Australian job seekers in NYC, we can raise the number of Australians who successfully find work, and thereby reduce the number of E-3 visas that go unused.

Continue reading “Community Job Fair v2.5: Now Accepting Applicants!”

#OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards 2019

 

On Saturday, January 26th 2019, The Australian Community hosted 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.

 

RECIPIENTS

 

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

 

HONOREE

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 was 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.

 

2019 GALLERY

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#KoalaGiving: Spreading the #SlipSlopSlap Message

The latest published CDC data shows that 8,882 new Melanoma cases were reported in NYC and Long Island, of whom, 1,015 died.  In 2019 The Australian Community is working to encourage New Yorkers to get screened for Skin Cancer.

#KoalaGiving is The Australian Community’s charitable initiative where Australians have the opportunity to give back to the broader New York community.  Since its inception, it has help raise thousands of dollars for other charities including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Bowery Mission and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

For the past four years #KoalaGiving has raised money for MSKCC through Cycle for Survival.  C4S has also served as a platform for The Australian Community to raise awareness of skin cancer.   However, as C4S now focusses on funding rare cancers, and skin cancer is not a rare cancer, in 2019 we are raising money to directly fund our own #SlipSlopSlap campaign.

May is Skin Cancer Prevention Month and major Hospitals and clinics including MSKCC, Cornell, Columbia and Presbyterian Hospitals are providing free skin cancer screenings to the public. The more people who know of these free screenings, and the need to get screened, the more lives that potentially can be saved.

According to the CDC, there were a total of 8,882 annual new cases of Melanoma diagnosed in NYC and Long Island, of whom, 1,015 died.

Continue reading “#KoalaGiving: Spreading the #SlipSlopSlap Message”

November Anniversary Mixer

November 2018 marks the seventh anniversary of the founding of The Australian Community, and all of our members are invited to the celebration!

Members and guests are invited to attend this special evening at One Art Space located at 23 Warren Street, where they will also have the opportunity to mix and network with other professional Australians.

   

Beer, wine and alcohol will be served on the evening, so you must be 21 or older to attend.

A buffet of cheese and vegetarian snacks with also be provided.

Complimentary admission for Members and one guest.

Non-member admission is a suggested $20 donation per person. Please use the link below after you RSVP.

Please use the form below to RSVP.  

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Aussie Cafés in NY – and where to find them: Village Coffee and Goods

Visitors to this site will know that since 2017 we have featured a number of Australian cafés in our posts. Most are located in the City, but one Aussie Café is located in Upstate New York.

Considering this is the time of year when New Yorkers are preparing to head north on 87 to visit a tree farm or embark on a ski trip, we spoke with Anthea and Mark who opened Village Coffee and Goods in Kingston, NY.

Anthea White and Mark Palmer are accomplished musicians from Sydney, Australia, who have moved to Kingston by way of Brooklyn.

Continue reading “Aussie Cafés in NY – and where to find them: Village Coffee and Goods”

Find out how much you could be saving through The Australian Community’s Preferred FOREX Rate.

"If there is a better rate on exchanging AUD to USD or USD to AUD, 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.

Foreign Exchange (FOREX) is confusing.  There is the Interbank or Market Rate and then there is the rate that your FOREX service offers you when you exchange money.

The less money you receive, the more the Banks and FOREX services are charging you in fees.

There is a lot of noise about which company has the best rate so we decided to compare The Australian Community's preferred rate on AUD to USD and USD to AUD through OFX, with TransferWise, a company that many of our members currently use - and claim has the best rate.

For more than a year, we have been comparing the final amounts that each service was offering when transferring AUD to USD and USD to AUD.

The most recent comparisons from August 12, 2019 are in the tables below.

USD to AUDOFXTransferWise Difference
$10,000$14,739.00$14,708.67$30.33
$1,000$1,474.20$1,470.08$4.12
$500$737.00$734.25$2.75

AUD to USDOFXTransferWise Difference
$10,000$6,726.00$6,722.63$3.37
$1,000$672.60$671.12$1.48
$500$336.30$334.92$1.38

The numbers tell us that if you use TransferWise, you are paying more in fees than if you use our Member Preferred Rate through OFX, especially when transferring USD to AUD!

Click here to register and access The Australian Community's Preferred Rate with OFX.  Your registration will automatically associate with the Preferred Rate.

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 16

How to get your New York State Driver License

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”

Watch the AFL Grand Final in New York

If you are wondering where to watch the AFL Grand Final in New York, The Australian Community will be hosting its AFL Grand Final Gathering at Beckett's NYC.

Click Here for details of the 2019 AFL Final!

After both teams had impressive wins in their semis, we are all set for a Collingwood vs West Coast Grand Final in New York at Beckett's in the Historic Stone Street District on New York.

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 28th from 11:00 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 11:00 PM.

We will be raffling our world famous $100 meat tray coupon and other prizes at half time to keep the evening humming along, and add to the excitement.

Due to the ground floor capacity of Beckett's, there is a limit of 100 members and guests for this event.  

Admission is support our raffle.  Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.  

RSVPs have closed, but there will be a small number of tickets available at the door.

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

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible under the IRS Code.

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10 Reasons to Connect with our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network

The challenges that face Australians living in New York and the broader U.S., are constantly evolving.  The Australian Community Yammer private enterprise social network is the perfect platform to access, and share knowledge with other Australians no matter where they are living in America!

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 tens of thousands of Australians overcome the challenges of living in New York and other states across America. Continue reading “10 Reasons to Connect with our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 15

Are you Smarter than an Immigration Attorney?

There is no shortage of people on Social Media who think they are smarter than an Immigration attorney.  They are regular contributors to Facebook groups, and are quick to offer legal advice on visa applications, and other Immigration issues.  Unfortunately, not all of this advice is current, and in some instances, completely incorrect.

Our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network was created to give our membership access to ethical, professional advice, content and connections.  It has become an important resource for overcoming many of the challenges facing Australian expats living and working in the US. Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 15”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 14

What an Expecting Expat should Expect.

Starting a family is a big step for any prospective Australian parent.  Starting a family whilst living in the US, is going to add an additional layer of complexity – emotionally, legally and financially.

Before we drill down on this article, the topics covered clearly do not cover every scenario when it comes to starting a family in the US.  There are a plethora of needs and wants when it comes to having a child.  This article covers some of the basics, and is intended to frame some of the challenges you will face, as well as the conversations you need to discuss with your spouse and close family. Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 14”

July Rooftop Event at the Sky Room

Join The Australian Community for the perfect Rooftop experience, right in the heart of Midtown NYC.

We have reserved a section of the Sky Room for our members, and there will be a DJ to give that unique NYC rooftop experience.

Enjoy the stunning NYC Skyline while mixing with other professional Australians living in New York.

No Cover - Cash Bar - RSVP Essential

This event has reached capacity!

We look forward to meeting all of our members and their guests who have sent their RSVP and are on our list for the evening.

 

JOIN THE AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY

LEARN ABOUT U.S. TAXES

MOVING TO THE U.S.?

IS THIS THE BEST FOREX RATE AVAILABLE TO AUSSIES?

OPEN BANK ACCOUNTS AND ACCESS U.S. CREDIT

CONNECT WITH OUR PRIVATE PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

ANSWERS TO COMMON AUSSIE EXPAT QUESTIONS

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The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) public charity and is qualified to receive tax deductible donations, bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Sections 170, 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the IRS Code.

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 13

Measuring the Australian Expat Continuum

In Chapter 3, we speak of the Expat Continuum.  This is a similar model to one used by corporations to measure their Capability Maturity.

The Expat Continuum has five stages:

  1. Basic
  2. Reactive
  3. Planned
  4. Aligned
  5. Integrated

A question was recently asked in a Facebook group that highlights the difference between an expat operating at Level 2 (Reactive) and another expat operating at  Level 3 (Planned). Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 13”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 12

The Top 5 Differences Australians Notice about New York.

One very famous Australian was quoted as saying “Imagine seven million people all wanting to live together. Yeah, New York must be the friendliest place on earth.”

Pre-conceptions notwithstanding, Australians who move to New York are constantly reminded of the multi faceted differences that separates Australia, and the city that never sleeps.   Here are just five of those difference Australians quickly notice.

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 12”

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!

How to open a Bank Account and Access U.S. Credit – Even before you arrive in the U.S.!

It is a known fact that thousands of Australians obtain Green Cards and U.S. work visas every year.  Most have a credit card, and some have mortgages on their Australian property.

However, one of the main challenges facing these Australian expats every year is how to open a Bank account, let alone access U.S. credit without a U.S. Credit Score.

Solution: Members of The Australian Community can access HSBC's expat banking solutions for opening bank accounts, credit cards and event expat home loans!

Bank Accounts and Credit Cards:

Some credit card companies will issue Australians with a U.S. credit card, to assist them build a credit score.  However, credit cards are only half of the banking equation: You also need a U.S. bank account for money transfers and day to day banking needs.

The Australian Community recognized this challenge and in 2012 introduced a program where Australians arriving in the U.S. can open bank accounts and obtain a U.S. credit card through HSBC's Premier and Advance expat platforms, even if they were not existing customers and without a Social Security Number.

For members in Australia who are on the way, they can open a local account with HSBC and then receive a U.S. credit card to use, and build a credit history, before they arrive in the United States.

This is a unique program to access a U.S. credit card and start building a U.S. credit score.

Home Mortgages:

Under this program our members can also access US Home Loans even if they do not have the 2 year work or credit history or a Social Security Number!.

  • HSBC may finance up to 75% for a primary home, cash out up to 70%
  • HSBC may finance up to 70%, as a second home, condo, co-op, one family etc, cash out up to 65%
  • HSBC may finance up to 60% on an investment property

For those members who have not yet left Australia, you can obtain a US credit card before you arrive in the US and thereby build a US credit score through your daily purchases in Australia!

These programs are being managed by our HSBC Relationship Managers in New York.  You can use the form below to have a Senior Relationship Manager or Mortgage Consultant contact you with all of the details.

Assisting our members overcome the challenges of living in the US is core our Mission.  Providing a way for our members to not only access credit in the US, but to build a US credit score whilst still in Australia makes perfect sense, and is an added value to joining our organization.

Building a credit score while still in Oz is a convenient credit offering from HSBC. Also if you are looking to purchase a property in the U.S. and you do not have a credit history, HSBC is geared to help expats get a mortgage.

At the end of the day it is personal choice and which bank offers you the best service, interest rate etc. is best decided by doing your own due diligence.

Foreign Exchange (FOREX):

If you are transferring money between Australia and the U.S. (or any of more than 30 countries), check out the preferred rate that The Australian Community has negotiated with OFX (formerly OzForex).  Click here to see how much money you could be saving over your existing Bank or online FOREX service.

Please complete the form below to be contacted by a HSBC representative to discuss your credit needs. 

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 11

Top 10 Expat Mistakes + What NOT to post on Social Media

We all make mistakes and most of them you can walk away from with the knowledge of what not to do next time.  However, there are some Expat mistakes that you simply cannot just chalk up to experience.

The saying “She’ll be right Mate” may be endearing in Australia, but here in the US, ignorance is not an excuse.

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 11”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 10

Everything you wanted to know about Expat Filing Requirements – but were afraid to ask!

Many Australians are still coming to grips with the US Tax Code as well as Expat filing requirements.  You may feel confident in filing your first E-3 visa, but first time tax filers should seek an “Australian Friendly” US accountant to make sure you have all of your bases covered.

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 10”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 9

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette 

New York can be an intimidating city for any tourist.  As with any metropolis, there are certain tips and unwritten etiquette that if not followed, can leave even the most seasoned traveler suffering the ire of a New Yorker, or worse, victim of a scam.

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!

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Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 9”

New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 3)

Over the past seven years, The Australian Community has connected over 5,800 Australians living in New York.  We reached out to members who have returned home, and asked them to share their perspective on living in NYC and their transition back to Australia.

What advice would you give to Aussies contemplating the move to NYC?

Continue reading “New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 3)”

New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 2)

Over the past seven years, The Australian Community has connected over 5,800 Australians living in New York.  We reached out to members who have returned home, and asked them to share their perspective on living in NYC and their transition back to Australia.

How did NYC change you professionally? Continue reading “New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 2)”

New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 1)

Over the past seven years, The Australian Community has connected over 5,800 Australians living in New York.  We reached out to members who have returned home, and asked them to share their perspective on living in NYC and the transition back to Australia.

What is it like transitioning back to Oz?

Continue reading “New York in the Rear View Mirror:  An Australian’s Perspective.  (Part 1)”

Aussie Cafés in NYC – and where to find them: Merriweather Coffee + Kitchen

There are dozens of Australian businesses who have opened shop in New York.  Some we know well, and others not so well.

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 Peter Godhard, the Founder of Merriweather Coffee + Kitchen – an Aussie café located at 428 Hudson Street in New York City. Continue reading “Aussie Cafés in NYC – and where to find them: Merriweather Coffee + Kitchen”

Moving to the US for Aussies: 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”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 5

Decoding US Health Insurance

Several times in this book, we have suggested that priority should be given to overcoming challenges that effect your, Health, Liberty and Finances.  This chapter addresses the first: Health Insurance.

Whether you are accessing Health Insurance through your employer, or through your State’s Health Care Exchange (Obamacare), understanding which plan is right for your needs is dependent on your understanding a very different Health Care system.

To enlighten the reader, and demystify some of the nomenclature, the following are important terms and concepts that will make navigating the US healthcare system less complicated. Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 5”

Aussie Businesses in NYC – and where to find them: Wellbuilt

There are literally dozens of Australian businesses who have opened shop in New York.  Some we know well, and others not so well.

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 Mitch Kidd, one half of WellBuilt Co – an Australian Construction and Development company making waves in New York and the Tri State Area.

Continue reading “Aussie Businesses in NYC – and where to find them: Wellbuilt”

Wrap up of #OzDayNYC 2018 – aka “The Joeys”

It was a sold out, star-studded, Black Tie event at Pier A that recognized the contributions of Australian performing artists Amanda Bishop, Marika Aubrey, Ben McHugh, Kaye Tuckerman, Nick Hardcastle and Jeremy Youett.  Our Honorees were Stella Pulo and Sullivan Stapleton.

It was also great to see fellow Blindspot actor Luke Mitchell and his wife Rebecca Breeds stop by with Sully.  World renowned Australian Classical Guitarist Rupert Boyd added a special touch to the evening with a live performance.

The guest list read like a who’s who of Australian performing artists!

Continue reading “Wrap up of #OzDayNYC 2018 – aka “The Joeys””

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 4

The Inconvenient Truth

Australians have a capacity to be direct, and a book written by Australians should be nothing less.  Think of this chapter as your friends dishing out some tough love.  They just want to be sure that you can separate fact from fiction.

Let’s first address the Elephant in the room

For those who move to the US with the support of their employer, the machinations of relocating to a new city is for the most part transparent.  They arrive to a job, an apartment, and their greatest challenge may be finding their new favorite restaurant.

However, the plight of the Aussie who lands in NYC looking for work, is a very different story.  They must start from nothing and rely on savings to sustain them throughout their job search.  Their hope is that they will be gainfully employed in their sunny new apartment in six to eight weeks because they read on social media that US employers are lining up to hire Aussies.

For most, the harsh reality is that finding work takes between three to six months, and their savings run out well before a second interview.  This is the inconvenient truth for many Australians. Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 4”