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 professional or social lifeline, Australians living in the USA will face some serious challenges.

The Australian Community is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to connect Australians living in America. Below are the Top 10 reasons why thousands of Australians living in the United States have connected with The Australian Community.

#10 We are a Non-Profit:

As a 501(c)(3) public charity revenue is reinvested into funding our member programs, as well as social and professional events.

Individual membership is $45 per year, Spousal membership is $80 per year.

Corporate Sponsors can click here to learn more.

Many Australians connect with our organization to give back through sharing their knowledge and experience with other members.

If you are an Australian living in America, applying for membership is as simple as completing the form on this page! As we are a U.S. Public Charity, all donations are tax-deductible.

#9 Professional Connections:

With more than 3,500 Australian connections in the United States, our organization can introduce you to other Australians who are important to growing your business, or who can assist with advancing your career.

As a member, you receive three personal introductions outside of the 1,000 + members you can PM inside our private network.

#8 Professional Events:

Let’s be real, we did not move to the U.S. for the bagels.  Most Australians are here to challenge themselves and see how well they compete in one of the world’s toughest markets.

Due to COVID restrictions, our TAC Talk series, along with industry-focused seminars are a major initiative of The Australian Community going forward.

As a member, you always receive invitations to special events through our private network, before they are announced through our public social media.  Further members receive complimentary access to events where non-members pay to attend.

#7 Charity may begin at home, but we live in America:

Australians have a great sense of community, so helping others is hard-wired into our DNA.  With a growing population in cities around the U.S., Australians need to demonstrate that we are giving back to our local communities.

Our charitable initiatives highlight the philanthropic nature of Australians.

Aggregating and highlighting the philanthropic efforts of Australians to demonstrate that our members care, and are contributing to the broader U.S. community is a major initiative of our charitable mission.

#6 Access to Member Discounts:

The real value of membership to an ex-pat organization is rarely measured in dollars and cents.  However, not only does The Australian Community provide soft value through social and professional connections, but access to a suite of discounted products and services.

Through aggregating the purchasing power of members, volume discounts can be negotiated, or access to financial products normally reserved for large corporate clients can be unlocked.

Our members can now register through a special link and access a preferred rate on their international wire transfers!  This is a much deeper discount than OFX’s standard rate, and it is one of the best rates available in the market.

It is also saving members thousands of dollars each year on personal and business money transfers over other FOREX services.

For those looking to travel to Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines is offering a 5% discount to our members on travel to and from Australia via Hawaii, direct from JFK, as well as flights from other US cities.

Other member discounts are offered through our Private Network.

#5 Get known:

Members can promote their personal or corporate Brand through our featured articles. Reach potential customers in our Australian network or share your video or article through your social channels.

#4 Access to our Private Yammer Social Network:

Our private Yammer Enterprise Social Network is unifying and delivering collaboration tools to better connect more than 1,000 of our members. To connect with our private network and knowledge base covering Accounting to Visas, you must first join The Australian Community.

Unlike LinkedIn or Facebook, Yammer protects our members’ privacy by keeping all personal information and conversations out of the public view.

Yammer Video Hero

For many members who do not subscribe to social media, Yammer provides an effective, non-invasive, private collaborative environment, free of spam where your personal information always remains private.

#3 Our Community Job Fair and Mentoring Initiative:

For those Australians who are new to the job hunt in the U.S., simple mistakes such as a multi-page Resume, or an out-of-date LinkedIn profile can negatively impact your chances of finding work.

Further, understanding the interview process and how to connect with Australian Friendly Recruiters in your city are two keys to success.  The Australian Community provides important guidance as well as connections to recruiters in major industries including Marketing, Legal, Tech, Accounting, Management Consulting, and Finance through our Employment group.

Many of our members are already working.  However, an essential component to climbing the corporate ladder is understanding the complexities of local work culture.

Our Community Mentoring Initiative is now integrated into our private Enterprise Social Network making it simple for Members, Mentors, and Thought Leaders to connect and share valuable knowledge.

#2 Quick Access to US Credit:

Access to credit in the U.S. has been the #1 challenge for Australians living in the USA.  It comes as a major surprise to Australians to learn that no credit score is almost the same as a bad credit score!

Through our longstanding relationship with HSBC, our members now have access to U.S. credit based on your global assets and income, not just a FICA score.

This member program has been expanded to include Home Mortgages and is exciting news. You can click here now to learn more and be connected with our HSBC Senior Relationship manager who will contact you to explain HSBC’s ex-pat credit services.

#1 You become a Member of a Community:

New York has a long history of nationalities banding together to overcome social and professional challenges.  In part, The Australian Community performs this function.

By supporting The Australian Community through membership, it ensures that we are able to continue providing services to Australians who moving to, or are living in the United States. You are welcome to explore our services, and you can use the form below to join The Australian Community.

After you submit the form below, you will be automatically redirected to our Store where you can purchase your membership using our secure online payment system.

About The Australian Community

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

Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

Our organization relies on the generosity of its members and supporters to continue our good work, assisting Australians living in the United States. Please consider joining our organization, or making a tax-deductible donation to our 501(c)(3) public charity.

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 sections 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code.