Internationalisation in the Australian higher education sector has most usually beenconsidered in relation to issues concerned with the attraction, retention and experienceof students studying both on and offshore at Australian universities. Less attention hasbeen paid to the experiences of the international academics that represent a significantpercentage of the increasingly heterogeneous Australian academic workforce. In thispaper, we consider findings from an exploratory study of international academicsworking at a multi-campus university in regional Australia. We draw on interview datato consider international academics' observations about their experiences of transition towork and community life. Based on these data, we suggest that institutional cultures playan important role in the transitional experiences of academics working outside theircountry of origin. We consider the implications of these findings for recruitment planning,workplace induction and other programmes aimed at staff development and retention.