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.”

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York State resident, they have only 30 days to obtain a New York State driver license, as their Australian license is no longer valid.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”

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”

10 Reasons to Connect with our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network

The challenges that face Australians living in the US are constantly evolving.  Our Yammer private enterprise social network is the perfect platform to access, and share knowledge with other Australian professionals no matter where they are in the US!

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 eighth year, we are now using the lessons learned in NYC to assist Australians overcome many of the same challenges across the USA.
Continue reading “10 Reasons to Connect with our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network”

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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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”

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!

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

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 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 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!”