PERTH, Australia: Executive Principal of Australian Islamic College, Abdullah Khan, has been appointed a member of the Ministerial Multicultural Advisory Council (MMAC).
The Western Australian Cabinet approved the establishment of the MMAC in December 2020 and held the inaugural meeting last week at the Australian Islamic College Head Office in Kewdale. The meeting was chaired by Minister for Multicultural Interests Hon Paul Papalia.
The purpose of the Ministerial Multicultural Advisory Council (MMAC) is to provide the government and the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests with direct grassroots feedback and advice on relevant policies, issues and needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities of Western Australia – in addition to, and independent of, advice from the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) and sector peak bodies.
The Australian Islamic College Board welcomed the appointment of Br. Abdullah to MMAC and stated that Br. Abdullah Khan’s appointment will help protect and advocate for the rights of multicultural communities in general, and Muslim community in particular during Government policy making.
Abdullah Khan has been leading the Australian Islamic College as Executive Principal and Chief Executive Officer since 2011.
He is a Member of the WA Police Muslim Advisory Group and the President of the Islamic Schools Association of Australia.
Abdullah was awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders – WA Honorary Fellowship in 2016 for his contributions to education in WA. He is committed to the education and empowerment of young people through the provision of intellectual, artistic and sporting engagement. His contributions in connecting culturally and linguistically diverse communities to the wider community through sport have been acknowledged by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
The Australian Islamic College is now Western Australia’s largest and longest running Islamic school with over 3500 students and approximately 300 staff across three campuses in Dianella, Kewdale and Thornlie.
In 2017 the College also established a new campus in Adelaide, South Australia under Abdullah Khan’s leadership.