AFL Grand Final Gathering

We don't know who will be playing in the 2018 AFL Grand Final, but we do know that The Australian Community will be hosting its annual 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 28th from 10:00 PM.

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

Admission is complimentary for Members of our Yammer private Network and one Guest. 

Non-members and additional guests are $10 per ticket if space is available.

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.

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

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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.

 

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#ANZACDayNYC “Spirit of Mateship” Drinks

In 1993, the Hon. P.J. Keating gave a eulogy for the Unknown Soldier that is regarded as one of the greatest speeches ever delivered by an Australian Prime Minister.  Speaking to the ANZAC legend:

“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.

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.  Space is limited so RSVP is essential using the form below.

How Many Australians are Living and Working in the US? V 3.5

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.

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 Australians are Living and Working in the US? V 3.5”

How to Access US Credit – Even before you 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 to Access US Credit – Even before you arrive in the US!”

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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.

Launch of the 2018 Creative Challenge.

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.

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 0.45% preferred rate.


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 “Spirit 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 “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.

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”

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 “The 2018 Creative Challenge Art Competition”

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”

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

March Member Networking Event

Thank you to all of our Members and their guests who attended this event.

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.

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”

#OzDayNYC Performing Arts Awards Ceremony

2018 #OZDAYNYC ARTS AWARDS

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

HONOREES

SULLIVAN STAPLETON & STELLA PULO 

ARTS RECOGNITION AWARDS

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.

THE MUSIC

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

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

THE VENUE

 

PIER A
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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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”

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 seventh 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, 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!”