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.

Our friends at NYCFC have put together a special package with reserved Bleacher seating in Section 204 for our members, on the eve of July 4th - so you do not have to worry about work the next day!

Tickets are just $30 and as a special treat, ticket purchases will receive a "Totally Koalafied" commemorative scarf to show off your Aussie, and support of the home team!

 

 

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!

The Seattle Sounders may have an Aussie on the roster, so there could be a reason to cheer for the visiting team!

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 direct from the NYCFC and receive a commemorative scarf!

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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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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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#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:

Access a better deal on FOREX through The Australian Community’s Preferred FOREX Rate.


For those members who transfer money internationally, you may not be aware of our preferred rate negotiated with OFX (OzForex). Under this referred 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 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 “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.

Find out how much you could be saving through The Australian Community’s 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 The Australian Community’s 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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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”

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.

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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.