Malek Fahd Islamic School has had $19 million in federal funding restored
•New Education Minister Dan Tehan attached a series of governance conditions
•Decision comes nine months after Federal Court raised concerns about leases
•Former education minister Simon Birmingham froze taxpayer funds in 2016
•This related to Australian Federation of Islamic Councils siphoning funding
Australia’s largest Muslim school has had $19 million in taxpayer funding reinstated – two years after it was found to have been run for profit.
New Education Minister Dan Tehan restored the funding to the Malek Fahd Islamic School in Sydney’s southwest a fortnight after being promoted by incoming Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
His ruling, coinciding with the Islamic New Year, is a major win for the school, after in March it lost a Federal Court battle to have $19 million in commonwealth funds reinstated
On Monday, Mr Tehan reinstated the school’s federal funding on the condition it demonstrated it was independent of AFIC; had ‘commercially sound’ lease arrangements and operated a separate bank account to AFIC.
‘Malek Fahd Islamic School Limited has been granted approval to receive federal funding subject to the board meeting numerous conditions, following a robust and rigorous assessment process,’ he said in a statement.