Supporting the independent education community

Temporary reprieve for Malek Fahd


Malek Fahd Islamic School can continue to function on a temporary basis after an appeal lodged in the Federal Court by the school's new board on 6 July was successful. The court ordered the Government pay the school money owed and to continue monthly funding payments.

The Federal Government cut funding to the western Sydney school in April after an audit found the school’s former board, run by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, was making a profit.

The IEU has been standing by its 140 members at the school throughout the crisis, supporting them by:

  • Liaising directly with the Teacher Accreditation Director at NESA to ascertain the status and registration of pre and post 2004 teachers, and directly communicating updates to members.
  • Responding to the high volume of email and phone enquiries about entitlements and the status of the school.
  • Assigning two additional officers to manage the increased volume of phone call and emails.
  • Attending chapter meetings at all campuses with all members, including the Board Chairman’s meeting with staff and parents at Greenacre.
  • Delivery of PD designed specifically for Malek Fahd staff at Greenacre and Beaumont Hills campuses.
  • Assisting staff with their accreditation applications and making direct contact with ISTAA to expedite such applications.
  • Providing extensive information relating to job search, recruitment agencies and application processes.
  • Providing updates to member regarding the school’s court appearances and decisions.