#OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards 2020

2020 #OzDayNYC Black Tie Gala

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

HONOREE

Jeremy K. Balkin is a best selling author, and is the Head of Innovation for HSBC Bank USA based in New York.  Jeremy serves on the retail bank management committee and is responsible for the fintech innovation and exponential growth strategy for North America.

Balkin also serves on the board of the Council for Emerging Technology and he is the multi-award winning author of two books, Investing with Impact: Why Finance is a Force for Good, and Millennialization of Everything: How to Win When Millennials Rule the World.

Jeremy previously served as an adviser to The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister and as an executive at Macquarie Bank.

In 2017, Jeremy K. Balkin was named among the Top 35 Millennial Influencers in USA by the NBT Movement in Washington DC, and received the Advance Global Australian Award from the Prime Minister of Australia.

He has run six marathons and also received the UNSW Alumni Award for Achievement and been designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum

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

2020 "JOEY" RECIPIENTS

 

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

 

VENUE

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

PIER A
22 Battery Place,
New York, NY 10004

7:30PM - Red Carpet Reception
8:30PM - Awards Ceremony
12:00AM to 3:00AM - After Party
Dress - Black Tie

Members and Guests will enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty.

The Loft at Pier A features a Stage and Dance Floor. There will be a limited number of Sponsor tables, with General Admission tickets available.

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

MENU

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

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

The ticket price includes a Premium Open Bar.

CHARITY AUCTION

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

If you cannot attend, and you would like to make a tax deductible donation to support our organization, please click here.

100% of money raised will go directly to assisting our charitable programs in 2020.

MUSIC

Special live performances by our "Joey" recipients.

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

SPONSOR TABLES NOW SELLING

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

Platinum Sponsor 10 Table:  $5,000 each.

Gold Sponsor 10 Table:  $3,500 each.

Individual Table Tickets go on sale January 2020.

Please forward all questions to admin@aucommunity.org

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

Company logo and link on the #OzDayNYC event page.

Company logo on the #OzDayNYC event program.

Company logo displayed at the event.

Recognition during the formal proceedings.

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

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

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

ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and its Mission is to connect Australian living in the United States through social. professional and charitable initiatives.

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

 

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November Celebration @ HSBC Fifth Avenue

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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AFL Grand Final in New York 2019

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

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

Many of our members who live Downtown NYC, or those members who are looking for a more relaxed way to watch the AFL Grand Final will be pleased to learn that Beckett's will again be hosting our AFL Grand Final Gathering on Friday, September 27th from 11:00 PM.

Beckett’s is one of the best sports bars in NYC with two giant projection screens and wall to wall big screen TVs making it an ideal venue to watch the footy in comfort.

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

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

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

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

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

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August “Hudson Adjacent” Event at Pier A

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

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

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

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

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

The Long Hall Bar at Pier A

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

Cash Bar - No Cover.

 

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NYC FC vs Seattle Sounders FC @ Yankee Stadium

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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June Networking Event @ HSBC Fifth Avenue

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

This Event has reached capacity.  We hope to see you at another event soon.

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

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

Below are excerpts from our conversation with Nathan.

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

SunSafe Lawn Bowls @ Bowling Green NYC

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

#SlipSlopSlap #KoalaGiving

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

 

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

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

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May TAC Talk @ The Microsoft Store

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 17

Explaining the E-3 Visa to an Employer.

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

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

#ANZACDayNYC “Bonds of Mateship” Drinks

"It is a legend of free and independent spirits whose discipline derived less from military formalities and customs than from the Bonds of Mateship and the demands of necessity."  Hon. P.J. Keating.

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

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

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

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

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Newsletter

Our expat banking and credit services with HSBC has been extended to include Home Loans.

In addition to Banking and Credit Card services, under this new program our members can finance up to 75% for a primary home, up to 70% on a second home, condo, co-op, one family etc. or finance up to 60% on an investment property – without a Social Security Number or two years of US tax returns to qualify!

This may come as good news to many Australians who have been on the fence about selling their Australian homes and purchasing US properties prior to the proposed changes to Australian Capital Gains Tax for non-residents effective June 30, 2019.

New and existing members anywhere in the US can qualify for credit and Home Loans under this HSBC program. To read more, or have a HSBC credit specialist reach out, details are on our website.

Read the latest data from the Department of Homeland Security on Australian non-immigrant visas including E-3 approvals – and denials.

For a number of years we have been publishing data on Australian visas from the Department of Homeland Security. The information is released at different times of the year, and some remarkable data has recently come to light.  Read More:

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Data

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

Spring Gathering

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

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

 

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

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

Complimentary admission for Members and their guests.

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

 


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

Thank you.

 

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

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

Below are excerpts from our conversation with Kathleen.

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

Community Job Fair v2.5: Now Accepting Applicants!

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

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

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

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

#OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards 2019

 

On Saturday, January 26th 2019, The Australian Community hosted its annual #OzDayNYC Black Tie Awards to recognize Australians who have donated their time and talent to assisting The Australian Community in its charitable mission.

#OzDayNYC is a re-envisioning of Australia Day:  It is a modern celebration of Australian philanthropy and culture in New York.

 

RECIPIENTS

 

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

 

HONOREE

Zjantelle Cammisa Markel is a top-rated Immigration attorney who practices law in New York City.  Zjantelle not only assists her clients on Business and Immigration issues, but has been an avid supporter of The Australian Community from our inception in 2011.

Zjantelle was honored not only for her commitment to assisting Australians live and work in the U.S., but also for her Pro Bono commitments to our non-profit organization.

You can click here to learn more about the video series Zjantelle recorded on common expat immigration questions.

 

2019 GALLERY

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#KoalaGiving: Spreading the #SlipSlopSlap Message

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

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

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

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

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

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

November Anniversary Mixer

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

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

   

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

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

Complimentary admission for Members and one guest.

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

Please use the form below to RSVP.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

"If there is a better rate on exchanging AUD to USD or USD to AUD, we have not seen it!"

Members of The Australian Community transfer millions of dollars every year for business and personal needs.  Based on this volume, a preferred rate on International wire transfers has been negotiated with OFX.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 16

How to get your New York State Driver License

According to New York State Law, once an Australian expat becomes a New York State resident, they have only 30 days to obtain a New York State driver license, as their Australian license is no longer valid.

At this point there are those reading this chapter who will be arguing “How will the Police know?” or “I can still rent a car with my Aussie license so why bother?” Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 16”

Watch the AFL Grand Final in New York

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

Click Here for details of the 2019 AFL Final!

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

Many of our members who live Downtown, or those who are looking for a more relaxed way to watch the Footy will be pleased to learn that Beckett's will again be hosting our AFL Grand Final Gathering on Friday, September 28th from 11:00 PM.

Beckett’s is one of the best sports bars in NYC with two giant projection screens and wall to wall big screen TVs making it an ideal venue to watch the footy in comfort.

 

We will be preparing for the 12:30 AM kickoff with an all Australian playlist commencing at 11:00 PM.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10 Reasons to Connect with our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network

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

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) registered public charity whose mission is to connect Australians through social, professional and charitable initiatives.  Since its inception in 2011, we have assisted tens of thousands of Australians overcome the challenges of living in New York and other states across America. Continue reading “10 Reasons to Connect with our Yammer Private Enterprise Social Network”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 15

Are you Smarter than an Immigration Attorney?

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

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

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 14

What an Expecting Expat should Expect.

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

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

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 13

Measuring the Australian Expat Continuum

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

The Expat Continuum has five stages:

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

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

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 12

The Top 5 Differences Australians Notice about New York.

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

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

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

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 11

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

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

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

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

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 10

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

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

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

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 9

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette 

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

Illustrator and New Yorker a Nathan Pyle has released a book NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette that could be very helpful to Aussies arriving in New York.  Below are just a few of the animated gifs contained in the e-book and available  on Amazon and iTunes.

Definitely worth the investment!

survive nyc cover-1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is it like transitioning back to Oz?

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

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

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

We want our readers to learn about these businesses, where they are located, as well as share the personal stories of their owners.

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

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 7

Finding Work

The fact is that finding work in one of the most competitive cities on the planet is going to be a challenge for most Australians.  Landing in a US city with a freshly minted EAD or Green Card is only a ticket to the big league.

If you go into the game without understanding the rules or having a game plan, you will quickly start to accumulate some very unnecessary scar tissue.

Members of the Australian Community have access to resources inside our Private Social Network to assist in the job hunt.  They include our Employment and Mentoring Groups where they can make professional connections, access job resources and learn from the experience of other Australians.

Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 7”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 6

Local Language 101

In 1887 Oscar Wilde wrote: “We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.” This observation is very true for Australians who move to the US.

Firstly, Americans have a very different Language of Friendship which can be puzzling to an Australian.  For example when two American women first meet they may positively remark on the other’s clothing, shoes or a pocket book (hand bag) to start a conversation.

“I have that exact same Birkin.  Did you buy that here or Hermès in Paris?”  

This does not necessarily reflect materialism, rather Americans will lead with visual cues in an attempt to create an instant connection with the other person on a socioeconomic level.

Australians on the other hand will look for common personal interests to connect.  This requires conversation, and some Americans are not so comfortable in sharing personal information with a stranger. Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 6”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 5

Decoding US Health Insurance

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

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

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

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 4

The Inconvenient Truth

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

Let’s first address the Elephant in the room

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

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

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

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 3

The Hierarchy of (Australian Expat) Needs

There is a saying:  “You do not choose New York – New York chooses you”.  There are numerous examples of Australians who arrive in the US with great expectations, yet return to Australia within a few months, shattered emotionally and financially drained.

Many of these Aussies did not have a solid plan in place before arriving in the US. 

In our book Moving to the US for Aussies, we discuss a check list of basic needs before moving to the US.  By definition these are only the minimum requirements, and only the first step in what can be a lengthy and for some, a painful process.

In many of these cases, it is either a sense of isolation from family and friends, or failing to be adequately prepared for a very different New York from what they expected.

This book assumes that you are not moving to the US just to survive:  You are here to be successful, to compete against the world’s best in your field.

New York is a process and having the basics in place is only the first step.  Typically, Australians take around  eighteen months to feel relatively comfortable that they have all of their bases covered; but what if there was a way to do it in less than 90 days? Continue reading “Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapter 3”

Moving to the US for Aussies: Chapters 1&2

Chapter 1: Surviving the first 30 days

Pre-Flight Check List

Just as your pilot runs through a check list before heading down the runway, you too must create a check list to ensure that when you arrive at your destination, you will have a smooth landing.

Below are some items that should be on your personal check list.

  • Budget
  • Insurance:  Health/Travel/Property
  • Accommodation Plan
  • Communication Plan (phone, internet and emergency)
  • Local Credit and Bank Accounts
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Employment Plan (if seeking work)
  • —————————- New York Bucket List
  • —————————- your professional “Hit List”
  • —————————- items to take
  • —————————- items to leave behind
  • Passport
  • Plane Ticket
  • Membership to the Australian Community

You individual lists are going to vary, but simply making a list is an important step before leaving Australia.  Knowing also what to leave behind, is almost as important as what to bring.

A good rule of thumb is that if it needs an 240 to 110 AC adapter, you should probably leave it behind.  Unlike Australia, most consumer electrical goods are cheap in the US – and they are built to natively run on 110 volts!

Tim Tams, Vegemite and Bundaberg Rum

Any well prepared Aussie will have planned ahead and packed a few “necessities” before leaving home.  The usual suspects are either coated in Cadbury chocolate or are items that have never graced the shelves of an American supermarket.

Australians have been bringing these items – everything from foodstuffs to cleaning products – into the US and through US Customs for decades.  It may be your first trip to the US, but Customs have already seen it all.

Fortunately, you have planned ahead and three dozen packets of Tim Tams and a 1 litre bottle of Bundy is well under the US Customs limits.  This is the perfect opportunity to get onto the Something to Declare line, which always seems considerably shorter that the Nothing to Declare line (queue).

Do not be surprised by a pithy comment from the Agent: “You Aussies and your Tim Tams”, or a simple roll of the eyes before they stamp your card, smile, and then wave you through without incident.

If you purchase Duty Free liquor or any liquid that exceeds the 100ml restriction for Domestic carry on, be sure to transfer it to your checked bag as soon as you land in the US.  Thousands of Aussies have had their bottle of Bundy, or Perfume, confiscated by TSA Agents for exceeding the 100ml restriction for Domestic Flights!

The Carousel Moment.

For those who are arriving in the US with a fresh work visa or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status, in all probability you have not had a chance to fully process your decision to move to the US.

For the most part, you may have been completely focused on the logistics of how to get there, where to stay, what to take, what to leave behind and where to store it if you do.

You may have been tirelessly searching the Internet looking for medium term accommodation, checking its affordability, and hopefully you have found a location to live that is a relatively short commute to, if not in the City itself.

If you are starting a new job, you may be excited about taking your career to the next level and competing with the best and brightest in your field from around the World – and then it hits you.

Standing at the airport carousel of your final destination, waiting for your second bag to arrive, all at once a wave of anxiety washes over you and you find yourself suddenly asking the question “What was I thinking?”

As the realization sinks in that you are now past the point of no return,  for the first time you start to see the forest for the trees:  The Big Picture starts to come into focus.

After the anxiety abates and the cold sweat warms to mild perspiration,  you pick up your bags and then head into your first adventure:  The Airport terminal.

Running the (Airport) Gauntlet

No matter what city you land in, be it LA or NYC, you are going to have to deal with transportation to your hotel or that “sunny” apartment you found on the Internet.

Given many Australians have just spent 20+ hours travelling, are tired and simply want to get to their hotel or apartment, this makes them especially vulnerable to Airport scams, especially related to transportation.

Transportation comes in many forms, bus, train or taxi, but the scourge of many Airports are the private, and sometimes unlicensed/uninsured drivers commonly referred to as Gypsy Cabs.

Uber/Lyft notwithstanding, there is usually a Spruiker who is lying in wait at the Arrivals gate aggressively asking new arrivers if they need transportation.  If you fall victim to their seemingly bargain offer to take you to your destination, you are quickly pawned off to a driver who whisks you away, and a short time later find yourself victim of a scam.

Your best strategy is to avoid eye contact, and with your headset on make a bee-line directly to the Ground Transportation sign where you will find a bus or cab that will reliably take you to your destination.

In New York, Yellow Cab drivers have a flat fee from the airport to Manhattan.  It can be the most expensive form of transportation, but you are assured that you and your luggage arrive safely at your destination.  The most cost effective transportation in NYC is the Airtrain and Subway.

If you do take a private shuttle bus, beware of the risks of losing your luggage by the diver inadvertently (or deliberately) giving your luggage to someone else if there are multiple stops.  Always keep an eye on your luggage and be sure to have insurance in a worst case scenario.

Bonus points if you can tell the cab driver more than the street number of your hotel, but between which avenues it is located.  New York is a grid so navigation is much easier by saying “10th Street between 1st and A”  than “275 E 10th Street”.

The Tipping Point

One area where Australians seem to struggle when they arrive in the US is in the area of tipping or gratuity.  Unlike Australia, in New York the minimum wage is only $11-$12 per hour, therefore workers often rely on tips to supplement their income.

Whether it is the Taxi driver who also assists you with your bags, the hotel worker who carries your bags to your room, or the server who smiles as they place your well earned beverage on the hotel bar, the amount you tip can be a challenge for newly arrived Australians to the US.

Before you leave Australia, ask your bank (or banks) if they have any US $1 bills that they can sell you.  Arming yourself with at least 20 x $1 bills before you leave Australia should be enough to tip your way to your destination.

Sure there are ATMs at any US airport, but it is somewhat challenging to hand over a US $20 bill and ask for change if you are attempting to tip someone $2 for helping you with your bags!

Taxis and Hotels

As a guide, taxi drivers are tipped either 15%, 20% or 25% based on the service you receive.  NYC taxis have a feature on their touch screens where it will calculate the tip for you.  When it comes time to pay, you just select the amount you want to tip.

If someone is helping with your bags at your hotel the tip is usually $1 per bag, or $2 per bag if you are staying in a luxury hotel.   Hotel maids are usually tipped $2 to $5 per day which you can leave in the room at the end of your stay.

Many hotels have a Concierge, and if you have a special request, say for organizing theatre tickets or a table at a restaurant, you would also tip an amount commensurate with the difficulty of the request.  A simple request such as making a dinner reservation is $5, however if they get you tickets to Hamilton, the sky may be the limit!

If a Doorman hails a cab, or assists you in and out of a cab, they are usually tipped $1-$2 depending on the service.

Food and Alcohol

Restaurant servers are tipped in the 15%-20% range, though 20% is more the norm in New York.  If there are six or more of you in your party, restaurants usually add a gratuity to the check, so ask first if it does not list it on the menu.

Be sure to check your bill when it arrives as some restaurants automatically add a tip to every check.  You can be sure that your server is not going to alert you to the fact that you just double tipped!

Sitting at the bar, the tip is $1 per drink.  However if the drinks are $15+ each, $2 per drink may be more appropriate.  If you are paying cash for drinks in NYC, there is no sales tax.  However, if you order food or use a credit card, tax will be added to the check.

This will at least will eliminate any tipping faux pas at your hotel, and ensure that during the course of your stay, service will always be accompanied with a smile.

Once you have your own place, then a new set of dynamics apply!

Deliveries

If you arrive home exhausted and decide to order “Take Out” rather than attempting to cook in your (often small) kitchen, even though the restaurant advertises free delivery, you still have to tip the person who brings your food to your door.

The tip amount is usually in the $3 – $5 range, but if the person just rode twenty blocks on a bicycle in rain or snow, you might want to consider adding a few extra dollars for a weather surcharge.

Where tipping becomes a fine art is deciding on the tip to give to  the people delivering your new furniture. 

If your building has the convenience of an elevator, compared to carrying a sofa up five flights of stairs, you have to make a judgement call on how much more to tip than $10 per person.

Doorman Buildings

If you are among those who are living in a Doorman building, you will understand the convenience of having your deliveries signed for, and your dry cleaning delivered safely to your apartment.

Like all services in New York, it comes at a price.

Depending on the level of service you receive, the door always being held open for you, taxi doors being opened for you, in addition to signing for deliveries etc., you may be looking at tipping $100 to $200 per doorman when Christmas rolls around each year.

As a guideline as to how much you should tip at the end of the year, if you were to tip $1 each time they provided a service throughout the year, what would be the total?

You can also ask other residents with whom you may be friendly, how much they tip each year.

Do not be surprised if a list appears in your foyer showing how much each apartment tipped during the Holidays.  It is not in every case, but some buildings allow posting the numbers!

Maintenance Staff/Superintendent

Chances are that at a minimum there will be a building Superintendent or Super.  Their responsibilities include taking out the trash (garbage) and recycling, as well as ensuring that the building common areas are clean and neat.

If your heat and/or hot water is out, they are usually the first to call.

It is always important to say Hi, and be civil to your building maintenance staff because you never know when you might need assistance in your apartment.

If say you need to borrow a tool, or your toilet suddenly stops flushing, the speed at which your problem is resolved is based on two variables;

1)    Your level of personal relationship, and

2)    How much you tipped them in the past

As a guide, even though it may be their job, if they do help with an issue around your apartment, $10 here or $20 there is going to ensure that anytime there is a problem, you are going to be prioritized over the person who never tips, or never bothers to say hello or ask about their family.

This can also be a best practice if you have a Doorman building, given that if you tip your maintenance staff throughout the year, you do not need to tip around Christmas.

Health and Beauty

The guide for tipping if you decide to head off for a haircut or a new style, is to tip 15% to 20% of the bill.

Similarly, if a day at the spa sounds like a great way to shake off any residual jetlag, you can add another 15% for great service.

Nail salons can be a challenge for those astute shopping who find a  bargain.  For example a mani-pedi can cost as little as $20 (if you pay cash), or as much as $55 or more at an upmarket salon.  Should you tip the same for both services?  Feedback is that $5 to $10 is the range, the higher of the two if they throw in a free back rub!

Haircuts are similar.  Women can expect to pay around $50 for a haircut, or as much as $800 if you have your bangs trimmed by Orlando Pita, the owner of Orlo in NYC.

Expect to tip a minimum of 15%, however, if you are lucky enough to be sitting next to Madonna or Gwynneth Paltrow at Orlo, why not make it an even $1,000?  You now look like a millionaire, so why not tip like one!

Chapter 2: The Four “W”s of Survival in NYC

Australian Special Forces are regularly dropped off in a remote part of Australia as part of their survival training.  In these situations the mantra is the four “W”s:  Water, Weather, Widow Makers and Wigglies.

In a way, survival in New York can be equated to these same four  “W”s.

Water

There is a saying; “Spending money like water”, and in NYC failing to ration your water has brought unstuck many expats.  Going out and spending $20 for breakfast, $15 for lunch, a few Flat Whites during the day, throw in cocktails with dinner and you are going to burn through $1,500 to $2,500 per month – before you pay rent.

At this rate of burn, and facing the prospect of a three to six month window to find work, many Australians simply run out of money before they see any positive cash flow into their bank account.

It will be covered in a later chapter in detail, but many finding work is not as easy as many Australians believe, so be very careful with your money and ration wisely!

Weather   

At some point you may find yourself settled into your new apartment, and you feel somewhat secure with the knowledge that you have a roof over your head.  But like the weather, your situation can change very quickly.

There are many unforeseen challenges that could arise at any minute in the US, the most devastating are those that effect your Health, your Finances and your Liberty (HFL).  You cannot plan for every scenario, but failing to have basic health insurance in a country that charges $10,000 to $30,000 for an Appendectomy, this is one risk you first need to retire.

This book is a great start to understanding some of the challenges you may not have known exist, but always seek advice from a professional when it comes to matters that effect your HFL.

Widow Makers

Your would not pitch your tent under the dead branch of a tree, or on the precipice of a cliff, so don’t take any unnecessary chances that effect your HFL.

It is sometimes the simple oversights that can have an Australian’s dream of living in the US dashed.  One common one is overstaying a visa.

The most devastating consequence of a visa overstay is that it will most certainly lead to a ban from entering the US, and ergo the denial of an E-3 Visa.

If your visa expires on January 1st, this means you have until 11:59PM on December 31st to be outside the US.  If you mistakenly booked a flight that leaves on January 1st, you will have no problems leaving the country, but you can be sure that next time you try and enter the US, you will be detained at US Immigration and you will find yourself on the next flight back to your last point of departure.  Hopefully that was Australia.

The Australian Community’s website contains a number of articles including:

Top 10 Expat Mistakes

What NOT to Post on Social Media and

Top 10 Questions asked by Australian Expats

All of these posts  serve as a guide to avoiding “Widowmakers” that can cut your stay in the US short, or worse.

Special Note on Personal Safety

In the City that never sleeps you are often going to find yourself out enjoying New York’s amazing night life.  Whether it is a Broadway show, an Upper West Side restaurant or Lower East Side bar, you may feel safe, but the situation can change in an instant.

Crime may be down in NYC, but you are never completely safe.  You must always be situationally aware of your surroundings, especially late at night and on the Subway.

If you are out with a friend, never leave your wingman.  There are gangs that use a male or female as a ruse to gain entry into your apartment, so NEVER invite a stranger into your home.

Crossing a NYC street against a DON’T WALK sign is very dangerous, however it is common practice in NYC.  One might assume that traffic only flows in one direction on a NYC street, but locals know to look in the other direction for the delivery guy on a bicycle riding against the traffic before making their dash.

Before you can start behaving like a native New Yorker, you first need to understand all of the risks.  If New York decides to hand you a life lesson, you are not always able to simply dust yourself and walk away.

Wigglies

In Australian you know to first check your boots for spiders or other wigglies that may have decided overnight to make your R.M. Williams their new home, or checking that a Common Brown is not sunning itself on a cement block before heading to the Hills Hoist with a basket full of laundry.

To be literal, it is important to look down in New York as well. Whether it is stepping in the by product of an inconsiderate dog owner, or a visit to the ER after tripping on an uneven side walk, looking down can be just as important as looking forward.

Like their Aussie counterparts, New York Wigglies can also enter our lives via stealth.  These Wigglies can be “Consultants” who claim to help you find work – naturally for a fee, internet accommodation scams, or simply bad advice on social media sites that lead to financial hardship or legal issues.

New York is full of scammers, all who are keen to separate you from your money.  It is not always easy to tell, but if someone has a well rehearsed sales pitch that begins with “Pardon the interruption…” and finishes with …God bless”, chances are they are not “homeless” and they do this for a living.

These scams can be quite elaborate and ask for more than just a “nickel, dime or a penny”.

There are stories of someone who would dress up as a Nun during the St Genaro Festival on Mulberry Street to scam money from unsuspecting tourists.  Another was of a well dressed business man claiming his wallet was lost/stolen and needed $55 to get back to Connecticut.

The more sophisticated pan handlers target Amtrak trains awaiting departure and the pitch is that they need $100 to get back home as their was [Insert issue] with their ticket.

In these and similar scams, the person is playing on the heart strings of generous individuals, and Australians are amongst the most vulnerable.

Not being able to differentiate between a genuine plea for help and a convincing scam, does not mean that you are forced to either feel guilty, or fall victim.  The simple solution is to make an annual donation to a charity who assist New Yorkers in crisis.  The Bowery Mission, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army etc., all have programs to not only assist the homeless, but help families in crisis.

By financially supporting charities that directly assist New Yorker in crisis, you are armed with the knowledge that you have already made a donation of food, clothing or money the next time someone asks for money on the subway or on the street.

It does not completely make you immune to a plea for help, but the good news is that you still have a soul.  In a later Chapter we discuss When You know its time to leave the US, however, the day that you stop saying “There but for the Grace of God go I”, it might be time to book your return flight home.

The Emotional Cost of NYC

Aside from scammers who can be financially devastating, there are individuals who can emotionally bankrupt us as well.  Relationship advice is not the subject matter of this book, but being alone in a big city can lead to questionable relationship decisions.

Building a circle of Australian friends (not virtual) is important as they can quickly assist you in finding your moral compass.  Aussie friends as we all know can be brutal when it comes to offering personal advice, whereas Americans tend to be less direct for fear of hurting your feelings.

Rest assured, there are many New Yorkers who will want to take you in the wrong direction, so a quick check of your Aussie Compass should keep you on the right path!

A Positive First Step

Joining the Australian Community is a great first step for any Australian who is moving to the US.  Making social and professional connections with other Australians not only gives a sense of home, but you can also tap into the collective brains trust of thousands of other professional Australians who have most probably been in your situation at some stage.

On the social side of things, it is not uncommon for single members to attend our events and make new (real world) friends.

Our private social nework contains more than two dozen groups including Food and Coffee, Family Friendly, NYC Social and Sports are just a few groups to tap into the social side of our organization, and connect with professional Australians.

Click here to read Chapter 3 The Hierarchy of Ex-Pat Needs

Click here to read “Moving to the US for Aussies” from the beginning.

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.

10 Tips for Australian Job Seekers in New York

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 J-1 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.

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Announcing Moving to the US for Aussies: The Book

Introduction

The Australian Community is a non-profit organization providing valuable expat services to tens of thousands of Australians living in the USA, as well as those who are looking to move to America.

Rather than relying on the individual experience of self proclaimed experts, our book  Moving to the U.S. for Aussies is the culmination of years knowledge captured from the collective experiences of the Australian members of our non-profit organization.

This book contains only some of the knowledge our organization has accumulated in our private member network, but it is a good start.  If you would like more information on The Australian Community, or join to access our member network in the U.S., click here to learn more.

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10 Questions asked by Australians Living in New York

On Wednesday June 14, 2017 The Australian Community held a private networking event at Bluestone Lane’s DUMBO location in New York to record a video of the Top 10 Questions asked of The Australian Community.

Some of the answers captured in the thirty minute video revealed a number of common mistakes (and incorrect assumptions) made by Australian expats living in New York and the broader US. Continue reading “10 Questions asked by Australians Living in New York”

10 Reasons to Connect with The Australian Community

Diving into the deepest end of the most shark infested pool on the planet may be a risky decision when it comes to taking your career to the next level.  However, without a social or professional lifeline, Aussies living in the USA are going to face some serious challenges.

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to connect Australians living in the U.S. through social, professional and charitable initiatives.

Below are the Top 10 reasons why more than 6,000 Australians living in the United States have connected with The Australian Community.

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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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