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.
#10 We are a 100% volunteer organization:
As there are no full time employees, all of our revenues are reinvested into funding our member programs, as well as social and professional events.
Individual membership is US$45 per year, Families $80 per year.
Corporate Sponsor 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, or are moving to America, applying for membership is as simple as completing the form on this page!
As we are a US Public Charity all memberships and donations are tax deductible.
#9 Social Gatherings:
Aussies are a very social species, so any organization that fails to engage Australians outside of social media is not truly catering to its members’ needs.
The Australian Community regularly hosts social gatherings in New York. These gatherings create an opportunity to socialize with other professional Australians, make new friends, and share your New York experience.
As a member you always receive invitations to special events through our private network, before they are announced in our public social media. Further members receive complimentary access to events where non-members pay to attend.
#8 Professional Events:
Let’s be real, we did not move to 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.
Australians working in USA have access to other professionals who can share insights into their success is invaluable when negotiating many professional pitfalls in cities such as New York.
Hosting professional Networking and Mentoring events, along with industry focused seminars are a major initiative of The Australian Community.
#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 in cities around the U.S., Australians need to demonstrate that we are giving back to our local communities.
Our #SlipSlopSlap campaign to raise awareness of Skin Cancer in the U.S. along with our #KoalaGiving campaign are charitable initiatives that are making a meaningful impact at a grass roots level.
Aggregating and highlighting the philanthropic efforts of Australians to demonstrate that our members care, and they 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 expat 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 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.
#5 Access to our Public Social Media:
#4 Access to our Private Yammer Social Network (Members Only):
Our private Yammer Enterprise Social Network is unifying our social, professional, and charitable social media, and delivering collaboration tools to better connect more than 1,000 of our members.
To connect with our private network and knowledgebase covering Accounting to Visas, you must first join The Australian Community using the form on this page.
Unlike LinkedIn or Facebook, Yammer protects our members’ privacy by keeping all personal information and conversations out of the public view.
For many members who do not subscribe to social media, our private Enterprise Social Network powered by 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 (Members Only):
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 expat 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.
In the Spirit of Mateship, access to many of our services do not require membership.
However, by supporting The Australian Community through a 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.