Australian International Academy

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Australian International Academy
Location
Australia
Coordinates 37°43′35″S 144°57′31″E / 37.72639°S 144.95861°E / -37.72639; 144.95861Coordinates: 37°43′35″S 144°57′31″E / 37.72639°S 144.95861°E / -37.72639; 144.95861
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School type

Private, Comprehensive,

Primary School
Religious affiliation(s) Islamic
Established 1983
Grades Primary & Secondary
Website

Australian International Academy is a Muslim school group in various locations in Australia. The school was Australia's first Islamic college and was then known as the King Khalid Islamic College. Its primary school was set up in 1999 with a $2 00,000 grant from Saudi Arabia, that being the only foreign money the school has received.[1]

The school has six campuses that offer the Australian National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate. The academy sports a Primary Campus (providing grades Prep to Grade 5) in Coburg, and a Secondary Campus (Grade 6 to Year 12) in Merlynston, North Coburg. A new campus, based in Caroline Springs, commenced operation at the beginning of 2014.

Over the past decade, the Academy has expanded into New South Wales by purchasing an Islamic school in South Strathfield (previously known as Noor Al Houda Islamic College) and an additional campus in Kellyville.

The Strathfield South Campus of AIA

The Academy also has a campus in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E which in 2013 became a fully accredited International Baccalaureate (IB).

The Australian International Academy is also accredited with being the first and only Muslim school to offer all three IB programmes in the southern hemisphere.[2] In January 2015 teachers from the Australian International Academy took their case to the Federal Court against what they claimed as illegal contracts and the destruction of evidence by the school.[3]

On 24 February 2016, the Federal Court found that the Academy, had breached aspects of the Fair Work Act by employing too many teachers on fixed-term contracts. The Court found that they attempted to tamper the evidence prior to an inspection by the Independent Education Union.[4] [5] Um

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