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The Matt Christie Institute of Australia

"striving for academic excellence"

About us

Our History

The Matt Christie Institute of Australia (Academy Australasia prior 2015) was founded by Matt P Christie and Michael  L Trinidad in 2010 offering a boutique style of education in English test preparation courses and English language courses around the world. The model was based on quality education with no more than 15 students per class (teacher/ student ratio of 1:15) with real skills being taught in writing, reading, listening, speaking and is still used to this day.

Time has changed, but our vision remains the same: The Matt Christie Institute of Australia is for those students who strive for the best results in everything they do. We will help students reach individual learning goals using the latest teaching techniques, which in return will have students well on the way to a bright future.

2012: Opened the first OET Training School in the Philippines in partnership with the Propeller Club of Manila. Developed and delivered a general English course for photographers seeking employment on a cruise ship and developed and delivered a hospitality English course for up and coming chefs seeking employment in the cruise ship industry. By the end of 2012 sub training locations and partnerships were set up in India, Singapore and Noumea.

2013: Listed as the first International OET Training Provider by the Occupational English Test Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  A partnership was formed with Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang for health professionals seeking registration abroad.

2014: Formed a partnership with the American Training Center in Albania and delivered the first OET Training program in the country as a part of pilot program with a group of Dentists. During Michael's visit to Albania he was on 3 major TV networks being interviewed about OET and the institute. 

2015: Offering OET Preparation Courses in over 40 places around the world and were the 3rd OET school to begin offering OET Preparation Courses in Melbourne CBD. During this year a partnership with Chadwick Group a Sydney based employment agency employing nurses from the Philippines in Australia.

2016: Opened a new training location in the Philippines in BGC (1 year pilot).

2017: Our first ever European OET Tour headed up by our founding CEO Matt Christie who visited a range of schools, hospitals etc. promoting the benefits of English for health professionals and the Occupational English Test. A visit to Vietnam occurred in November of 2017 where a consultation with the Matt Christie Institute of Australia and the Ho Chi Minh City local hospital council on English for heath professionals being offered to all staff as part of a pilot program. The Matt Christie Institute of Australia became the first OET Provider to be accredited by the CPD Accreditation Group. A fundraising event was organised with Singer/ Songwriter Marie Wilson for suffers of Multiple Sclerosis  and all funds were then donated to MS Research Australia.

2018: We commenced training students in rural regional New South Wales ( Wagga Wagga). Due to the remoteness of many students situated in rural regional NSW the program to date has proven to successful as no other provider is currently servicing this area.  We formed a partnership with recruitment agency Xander Hendrix Health Care in the UK to provide OET Preparation Courses to Doctors and Nurses seeking registration in the UK and abroad.

2019: A new training location in Mill Park was established to assist health graduates from RMIT University Bundoora and La Trobe University Bundoora.

Our Mission Statement:  

"striving for academic excellence"

Our Objectives: 

  • Create lifelong learning opportunities to improve learning and career prospects for all students and provide practical, relevant and educationally sound know-how education that can be immediately applied in any situation
  • Offer learning solutions in a range of flexible formats to cater for the diverse needs of individuals
  • Build innovative partnerships through learning to create understanding and a positive change in the world

We strive ourselves on 5'Cs:

  • Courtesy 
  • Common sense
  • Cooperation 
  • Consideration 
  • Caring 

Education Partners

MCIOA has associations only with qualified education agent counsellors and migration agents listed on the following websites:

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