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Welcome to The American Community and Australian-American Association of Brisbane.

We trust you’ll find information of value within this site, whether you’re planning a move to Australia, already here, or an Australian interested in the American culture.

Membership is open to anyone who wishes to join our community.

NEW IN AUSTRALIA?

Being new in any country can be daunting and exciting at the same time. A move to Australia is often “under-estimated” in difficulty as we are so “similar”. And, while in many ways we are, there are very strong cultural differences. Of course, the day-to-day items such as health insurance, taxes, banking, getting a job, etc., etc. can be much bigger than realized.

In addition to our transitional help for members, we are constantly on the lookout for websites to help in the transition. Several are listed below.

If these links do not go directly to the site, please copy and paste into your browser:

http://www.qld.gov.au/moving_to_queensland/index.html
(good basics about moving to Qld)

http://www.top10immigration.com/Australia.asp

(great site for overall immigration information whether you’re permanently migrating, looking for work, etc)

www.immi.gov.au/asri
DIMIA offers this national Skills Recognition website which gives information on skills recognition for those seeking to migrate as well as those who are already here

http://www.immi.gov.au/settle/booklets/texts/qld/eng.pdf
(an informative online booklet from Australian immigration which covers many questions about living in Qld, including health, employment, social, taxes, and much more)

http://www.immi.gov.au/
(the Australian Immigration site gives a great deal of information on several topics helpful to new arrivals)

http://www.citizenship.gov.au/
(everything you need to know about gaining Australian citizenship)

http://www.hic.gov.au/yourhealth/our_services/ahsfna/english_information.htm
(information on Medicare and other health programs in Australia)

http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=43160

everything you need to know about international moving, including recommendations about some reputable movers.

Land That Job in Australia – a book which covers it all … from how to look, who to talk to and what to say. A great reference guide for anyone looking for work in Australia.  Go to: http://www.tribuslingua.com.au/index1.asp

Great for Americans living in Australia – chat rooms and more


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AmericansDownUnder


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/americans_in_brisbane

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Americans-in-Australia/

http://www.newcomersnetwork.com

BEING AN AMERICAN ABROAD


During your stay in Australia, whether it’s limited or permanent, requires some ingenuity and time to continue some of the everyday things such as voting, finding a Notary Public (something not used in Australia), purchasing via the internet, etc. We have included several useful websites and continue to add more.If these links do not go directly to the site, please copy and paste into your browser:

http://usembassy-australia.state.gov/consular/acs.html
(US citizen services – an excellent source of information)

http://usembassy-australia.state.gov/brisbane 
(for help from the US Consul)

http://usembassy-australia.state.gov/consular/passports/about.html
(US passport services)

http://www.fvap.gov 
(US Voter assistance)

http://canberra.usembassy.gov/
(US Embassy news)

http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/international/article/0,,id=97130,00.html
(answers questions about living abroad and US tax consequences with the IRS)
http://www.irs.gov/ (IRS tax forms)

US Tax Accountants in Australia
Susan Rafferty  - srafferty1@aapt.net.au
James Simango  - james@ustaxcentral.com

http://www.xe.com
an inexpensive way to wire money to/from another country with a good exchange rate

http://www.myus.com/
Buy from internet sources in US even with foreign credit card and from companies that don’t ship overseas!  It’s a mail forwarding company.

http://www.realchristmastrees.com.au - Purchase REAL Christmas trees

www.ssa.gov
for the latest in Social Security information

www.gibill.va.gov for VA Education benefits

www.cbp.gov US Customs rules and regulations

Taking your pet to the United States?  Go to www.aphis.usda.gov

Miss some of those great foods like HoneyBaked Ham? 
Go to:  www.topsecretrecipes.com where you’ll be able to duplicate some of those things you miss the most!

USA Foods
www.usafoods.com.au
USA Foods – based in Melbourne and sells various American foods


Need a Notary Public (NOT a JP)??


We have a complete list in the Queensland area. As a member, you can request a list of Notary Publics in Queensland at no cost.

About American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary

Are you eligible to join the American Legion? If so, contact them at - jbongard@bigpond.net.au. You can leave a message at 0421 141 716


Ladies – if your husband belongs to the Legion, why don’t you join the Auxiliary? Contact member coordinator Toni Rosen at jtrosen@bigpond.com.au

You may also be eligible if either of your parents were in the US Service. Meetings are the 4th Monday of every month (unless, for some special reason, it has been changed) and at the same venue as the Legion.
Great for Americans living in Australia – chat rooms and more


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AmericansDownUnder


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/americans_in_brisbane

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Americans-in-Australia/


LIVING IN BRISBANE


Brisbane is sometimes  referred to as “BrisVegas” although we’re not sure why. Climate-wise, it’s similar to Florida (without the hurricanes) and it’s the fastest growing area in Australia. It is a vibrant city with a great deal of green space, walkways, exotic birds, café’s, clubs, and much more. 

It is very much an outdoor city and it’s the gateway to an area known as Southeast Queensland where you’ll find spectacular beaches, rain forests, the Australia Zoo, museums, sport, and LOADS of wonderfully friendly people. Until you get to know the city, driving can be a bit difficult as the streets can be anything but straight, difficult signage and many, many hills. But, that’s what gives the city its’ charm. Beautiful Queenslander homes and sleeky modern homes, as well as “worker cottages” give it a unique look. Once you get a feel for the area, you’ll enjoy getting around. And, there is very good public transport. The links below will help you get a sense of all that is Brisbane and its surrounds.

http://www.tq.com.au/

(the official Queensland tourism website)

http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/destinations/brisbane/
 
(general information)

http://brisbane.citysearch.com.au/ (general information)

http://www.ourbrisbane.com/ (general information)

http://www.translink.com.au (information on trains, buses, ferries)

http://www.south-bank.net.au (information on Southbank)

http://www.romastreetparkland.com (information on Roma Street Parkland)

www.macarthurmuseumbrisbane.org
(information on the Macarthur Headquarters Museum)

http://www.qag.qld.gov.au
   (Queensland Art Gallery)

http://www.qmuseum.qld.gov.au (Queensland Museum)

Job Search Sites (we do not recommend, but pass along sites which people have indicated have been helpful)

http://www.nnsw.com.au/regional/jobsearch.html
(a site which lists dozens and dozens of job sites in Australia)

http://www.seek.com.au

http://www.mycareer.com.au

http://it2.com.au

http://jobserve.com.au

http://byron.com.au

http://searchenginez.com.au/metasearch.html -
you can search up to 10 job-search sites at once

http://www.jobnet.com.au/ext/site/default.jsp?in_sessionid= 
This one is geared specifically for Information Technology people

http://www.resourcesglobal.com/au/index.html?country=au&ep=v_gg_new
(Resource Global Professionals, a global community of accomplished professionals dedicated to helping industry leaders solve problems and drive initiatives from inside their business)

INTERNATIONAL FUSION – if you’ve ever dreamed of packing it all up for awhile and working in the USA, contact these folks at 3290 0480.
www.internationalfusion.com.au

Restaurants and more


BLUE SMOKE BBQ -  Shop 9/85 Merthyr Rd, New Farm, 3358 1922. American owner Steve Johnson has the only restaurant in Queensland where all the BBQ is smoked in-house. All BBQ meats are slow-smoked using Weber wood chips. YUM!

SIAM SUNSET – 6/315 Oxley, Sherwood – 3379 7000.


ILANA’S ROCK ‘N ROLL DINER – Pacific Place-Hall & Old Chatswood Rd, Springwood, 3299 5044. American license plates and American flags decorate the walls. Elvis, Marilyn and Betty Boop are everywhere!  Great prices, food, music and parking. BYO. All food cooked by Ilana\

KITTY O’SHEA’S IRISH PUB – 25 Caxton Street, Paddington. Beer Garden, live Irish entertainment, bistro with Irish food or burgers and fish and chips

WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL?

Go to www.eteamz.com.bears or ring Head Coach Peter Farer on 0409 787 963 to get more information. The BROWNS PLAINS Bears play on fields from the Gold Coast and Ipswich north to Banyo.

FLOWERS
Go to: www.beloved-flowers.com.au and see a beautiful collection of memorable flowers and gifts.  69-89 Boundary St, West End, 3255 3333

CAR CARE/CAR DETAILING
Brad’s Test & Tag – your test and tag compliance specialists. Ring 3848 9900 for the closest location Custom Car Care – The best in carl detailing. Ring 3848 9900 for closest location

SHOP


Australian-American Flag lapel pin: $4.00
Australian-American Man’s long tie - $20.00
Australian-American Man’s bowtie - $15.00
Battle of the Coral Sea ball cap - $20.00

US SHIP VISITS

Participating in ship visits is available EXCLUSIVELY for members of the Australian-American Assn/American Community

AMERICAN SHIP VISITS

Brisbane hosts American military ship visits when they come to our city. While we only get notice a few days in advance due to security, we notify membership as soon as we have information regarding receptions, pub nights, ship tours for members, etc. Ship arrival information will NOT be found on this website.

HOSPITALITY IN THE HOME PROGRAM

Register now to be on our database so you can help welcome the US Navy with typical Brisbane hospitality. You can host 2-crew members ("buddy system") into your home for a meal, an evening, a drive around Brisbane, etc. The HOSPITALITY IN THE HOME PROGRAM gives US military personnel (male and female, enlisted and officers) the opportunity to meet local families and enjoy the participate in our wonderful Australian way of life. Register and you will be notified prior to a ship arriving. You then decide if you wish to host for that visit. People who have participated have found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences in their life! Email us or ring us on 3278 6366.

     
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