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Stacey Martin, Specialist Wealth Advisor - Expatriates and Significant Investor Visa, NAB Private Wealth. Based in Sydney, Stacey provides personal advice for executives, business owners and their families who's careers take them offshore. As Asia Ambassador, and Chair of NAB's Significant Investor Visa (SIV) proposition, Stacey works closely with migration, banking, tax and legal specialists to deliver an integrated service for investment migrants. She also founded the Expat Advisors Community for professionals with internationally connected clients.

Australia is an “immigration story” – Scott Morrison

I was delighted to attend the annual Lebanese Chamber of Commerce luncheon on 21st August 2017 at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, where the Hon Scott Morrison, MP and Federal Treasurer was the guest speaker.

Australia is an “immigration story” and a “small business story” said Mr. Morrison in his opening remarks to the 700 business leaders in attendance.  Australia is a melting pot with 30% of us born overseas. A land of opportunity and fairness for those that want to have a go, the Lebanese community has one of the highest rates of self-employment in Australia. Continue reading Australia is an “immigration story” – Scott Morrison

Trisha Carter, Organisational Psychologist and Managing Director, Trans Cultural Careers

Contact Details

Direct phone number:  +61 2 95430180
Mobile phone number:  +61 419219822
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What we do

Trans Cultural Careers combines a psychological understanding of people at work, with an understanding of different cultures, to develop cultural intelligence (CQ) – a key for success in global markets. For global leaders, expatriates and their families, for multi-cultural teams, CQ is increasingly critical for effectively adapting to new cultures, new locations, new teams.

  • Trisha Carter is an Organisational Psychologist who has been working for over fifteen years developing global skill-sets in leaders and employees. 
  • Trans Cultural Careers has delivered assessments, training and coaching in cultural intelligence for hundreds of employees and their families moving to or from over 60 countries around the world.  The on-line business ( provides e-learning support to enhance wellbeing and effectiveness of expats and their families wherever they are in the world. You can read the blog at
Why International?

Our work builds bridges of understanding between cultures.   Those who have cultural intelligence are more likely to succeed and thrive in their roles and lives.  We believe this world of positive global connections is full of possibilities.  The diversity of thought we can bring to a problem will enable us to innovate, to create and to develop solutions to complex problems in, what can be, an increasingly volatile and uncertain world.

Who we help

We have delivered intercultural and cross cultural training, coaching and presentations in Australia, New Zealand, China, Papua New Guinea, UK and the USA. Global teams have increased their understanding of each other and improved their work effectiveness.  Individuals –from CEOs to engineers, lawyers, bankers, accountants, sales, IT and many other professions, have benefitted from our training.  Family members (partners and children) who are critical to the employee’s successful adaptation receive training or coaching tailored to their needs.

Chinese Valentines Day – for 2017 falls on 28th August

Every year on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar is Chinese Valentine’s Day “七夕节(Qīxījié).” This year the date is Monday 28th August. As is the custom elsewhere in the world, this is a day devoted to romance.
What is Chinese Valentines Day?

The Double Seven Festival (aka Qixi Festival) is recognized as Chinese Valentine’s Day for its romantic legend about two stars: Altair and Vega. Altair is said to be Niu Lang (a poor but industrious cowherd), Vega is said to be Zhi Nü (the seventh daughter of the lord of heaven), and a romantic love story is told of the two.

Chinese traditions

In China, people have celebrated the festival differently in various regions. In China’s southwestern region, girls paint their fingernails, hoping for their Mr Rights. Women in Hunan and Zhejiang province wash their hair in order to gain the goddess’s protection. One famous activity is to eat 巧果(qiǎoguŏ).

Celebrating today

Chinese people have adopted the traditions of Westerners on celebrating Valentine’s Day, such as exchanging gifts like flowers, chocolates, ties and watches, making a special date to have a romantic dinner or watch a movie in the evening, or even to make a marriage registration if Valentine’s Day falls on a work day.

Lavender is associated with love and romance. In time for Chinese Valentines Day, Bridestowe Lavender gift packs have been released. Qixi – brought to you by the world-famous Bobbie the Bridestowe Bear – is loved by Chinese celebrities everywhere! 

Compliments of community member Kylie Leavitt – use discount code KL25 for 25% off.

情人节快乐 (Happy Valentine’s Day): qíng-rén-jié kuài-lè or /ching-rnn-jyeh kwhy-ler/

Austrade Review of the Significant Investor Visa program

It is now two years since the new investment framework was introduced to the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program. At the time, it was flagged that the mandated venture capital component may be doubled to $1M or 20% of the $5M complying investment. Austrade recently called on the industry to submit comments for review.

Expat Advisors Community Discussion Group

A boardroom discussion group was held on 20th July 2017 at Barangaroo. Half the attendees were migration agents including Ivan Chait, fund managers including BTIM and Sumo Group, and industry expert David Chin, Basispoint. Lauren Knight from Austrade was also in attendance. Continue reading Austrade Review of the Significant Investor Visa program