Watch the 2019 AFL Grand Final in New York

If you are wondering where to watch the 2019 AFL Grand Final in New York, The Australian Community will be hosting its AFL Grand Final Gathering at Beckett's NYC.

It is still too early in the season to predict which two teams will be playing in the 2019 AFL Grand Final, but it is not too early to announce our AFL Grand Final gathering 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 preparing for the 12:30 AM kickoff with an Australian playlist commencing at 11:00 PM.

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 120 members and guests for this event.

You MUST RSVP to be on the list for this event.

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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 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 RECIPIENTS

 

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.

 

OUR 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 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 VENUE

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

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 / 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!

 

CHARITY AUCTION

 

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.

 

THE MUSIC

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!

 

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.

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.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS

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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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.

"It makes absolute sense to combine the purchasing power of our members to negotiate a preferred rate on foreign exchange" said James Boland, President and Founder of The Australian Community, "If there is a better rate on International wire transfers, we have not seen it!"

Under this arrangement, members of The Australian Community are not limited just to AUD and USD transfers. Most popular currencies are covered which greatly assists Australian businesses who transfer money around the globe.

In a podcast interview, Mr. David Nicholls, Global Alliance Manager for USForex, now OFX, stated "The cost savings are significant", "Some banks take up to 8% of the total amount you are transferring, hidden in the rate itself".

Mr. Nicholls further explained the benefits to members who sign up for the service which include 24 hour access to dealers, and a downloadable App that enables members to transfer money to pay bills in other countries.

"Our membership continues to grow, fueled by benefits such as our FOREX rate" said Mr. Boland, "If you are not using our rate to transfer money around the globe, chances are you are paying too much in commissions."

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.

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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Purchase Tickets for the University of Queensland Rugby Benefit Dinner featuring Mark, Gary and Glen Ella

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the University of Queensland Benefit Dinner,  and they have a special rugby treat…the amazing Ella brothers. Yes, all three…Mark, Gary and Glen will be amongst the featured legends!

During the 80s, the Ellas’ mesmerizing combination of skill and ability was arguably the most exciting thing to ever come to club, state and international rugby.  Mark, Gary and Glen had honed their years of backyard footy in the inner suburbs of Sydney into a magical formula that saw them all represent Australia at both schoolboy and senior Wallaby level. Continue reading “Purchase Tickets for the University of Queensland Rugby Benefit Dinner featuring Mark, Gary and Glen Ella”

June @ The Microsoft Store

Join The Australian Community for a Breakfast Mentoring  and Networking Event, plus a Private Tour of Microsoft's Flagship Fifth Ave Store!

Members are invited to attend this highly interactive Networking event where members can listen to Thought Leaders as well as mix and meet other professional Australians.  Members will also be invited to a private tour of Microsoft's Flagship Fifth Avenue Store.

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

For those members who find breakfast events more convenient to attend, or you have "Private Fifth Avenue shopping experience" on your New York bucket list, this is a must attend event.

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.

We have reserved a private conference room where coffee and pastries will be served.

Members and guests will also 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.

 

Eddie Geller, Founder and CEO of Tinybeans will be sharing his thought leadership on how to build a successful US based, Global company.

Tinybeans is an app and web-based platform that provides parents with one safe space to capture and share their children’s life stories with family. Tinybeans offers an experience without the distractions or privacy concerns that arise when sharing a child’s memories.

Founded in Sydney, Australia in 2012, Tinybeans serves a deeply engaged user base of over 2.4 Million users in over 200 countries/territories and keeps over 125 million precious memories safe.

 

 

 

Date:  Thursday June 21, 2018

Time:  7:45AM to 9:00AM

Location:  Microsoft Store Fifth Avenue.

Cost:  Complimentary for Members and a Guest. 

Non-members tickets are $45. 

 

Thank you to all our members and guests who attended this event!

 

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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”

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”

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!

survive nyc cover-1

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

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”

Aussie Cafés in NYC – and where to find them: Wattle Café

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 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”

December Drinks at Hole In The Wall – 15 Cliff Street FiDi

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.


 

Announcing Moving to the US for Aussies: The Book

Introduction

If you look at any successful organization, at its core you will find the company handbook.  It details policies and procedures for any new employee joining the company, and is the culmination of years corporate knowledge captured within the organization – So why not have a instruction manual for Australian expats moving to the US?

Have you ever wondered if USCIS handed out a book to anyone arriving in the US on a work visa on all of the traps for young players, how much of an asset it would be?

Well, wonder no more because The Australian Community is producing a book “Moving to the US for Aussies”

Continue reading “Announcing Moving to the US for Aussies: The Book”

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”

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”

Australians in Startups: Neil Smith

Around the world, governments are struggling to pay for the building or repair of essential infrastructure such as bridges, roads, and airports. Yet there is no easy way for investors to find and analyze all the opportunities to fund such projects.

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.

Continue reading “Australians in Startups: Neil Smith”

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!”

Announcing Community Job Fair v2.5

If you are an Australian in New York City 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 to include ALL Australians who are seeking work in NYC.

H.R. 7164 was Legislation that would have allowed Irish citizens to access any unused E-3 visas in the following year.  It was unanimously passed by the Lower House, but failed to pass solely on one Senator’s concerns.  The challenge for Australia is that n E-3 Hopefuls is that there would have been will be the flood of new Irish job seekers, especially into NYC, who would be competing for the same ex-pat jobs as Australians, on the same visa.

As the article outlines, the Irish are far better adapted to finding work, and may well displace thousands of Australian job seekers each year.

Due to the limited personnel and financial resources of our non-profit, our current Job Fair (Version 2.0) is only open to members of our organization.  However, by extending some of its components to all Australian job seekers in NYC, we can raise the number of Australians who successfully find work, and thereby mitigate the number of E-3 visas that go unused.

New E-3 visas have peaked in recent years at less than 6,000, leaving 4,500 E-3 available to Irish citizens if the Legislation passes.

In spite of receiving zero financial aid from the Australian Government, our non-profit provides expat services to tens of thousands of Australian citizens here in the U.S.  Our new website has received more than 100,000 visits in the past year alone.  It is only through the support of handful of sponsors and volunteers, and the small amount of funding we raise through memberships, that we can continue our Mission to assist Australians living in the U.S.

As there is no available budget for v3.0, a scaled down Community Job Fair v2.5 will be funded by a percentage of money we raise at our #OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards on January 26, 2019, as well as combining employment initiatives with scheduled member professional events.

v2.5 will launch early in the New Year so that all Australians in New York will be given the best opportunity in finding work through support of our non-profit organization.

The first step in the process will be registering with our Employment Database through a new form on our website.  Job seekers will submit basic information including a link to their LinkedIn profile.  Fields will include Industry so that we can quickly connect “Australian Friendly” recruiters and employers with lists of prospective candidates.

In addition to our quarterly Networking events, The Australian Community will be hosting regular employment seminars in Midtown where Subject Matter Experts on finding work will be invited to share end-to-end knowledge from resume writing to the E-3 process itself.  Internal and external recruiters will be invited to these meetings.

Even after finding work, thousands of Australians have had an E-3 visa denied, many, simply due to bad paperwork.

For members of our private Yammer social network, we will also be proactively approaching internal recruiters and corporations who have Australian employees, and allowing them to directly post jobs to our Employment group.  Videos and content from our seminars will also be posted to the Employment Group, for those who may not be able to attend, and to preserve knowledge for new members.

Our private social network works like all public social media.  You can ask questions, post comments, Like, add #hashtags and there is even an instant message feature where you can connect with other members; but all member information and resources are private.

Finding work ultimately depends on your experience, your resume and how quickly you build relationships with recruiters and individuals who will make introductions to employers on your behalf.  Understanding the interview process in the U.S. is also a challenge for many Australians, and we can assist with that as well.

The statistics tell us that there are more than enough Australian job seekers in the U.S. to fill the 10,500 annual E-3 quota, they just need to be better at finding work –  and our Community Job Fair v2.5 is designed to do exactly that.

We can provide great resources and tools for Australians who are looking for work, but these resources only account for a percentage of the effort required to find employment:  It is ultimately up to the individual and her or his motivation to seek work on a daily basis.

As soon as our Community Job Fair v2.5 is launched in early 2019, we will be posting the registration link on our Facebook page, Twitter and our LinkedIn company page.

We are confident that this charitable initiative will assist more Australian pursue their dream of living and working in the U.S.  Expanding this initiative to other major cities in California, Illinois, Texas, Massachusetts and Florida is simply a question of funding.

NY and CA lead the states with the most number of E-3 workers, with TX, WA, IL, FL (and MA) also representing significant numbers.

If you are not a member of The Australian Community, you can click here to learn more about our member services.

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.

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.