It was a goal of Metropolitan Archbishop Paul (Saliba) to have locally-based theological education at a tertiary level, for the education of clergy and lay-workers. To that end, he supported the establishment of the Melbourne Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies.
The [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]] has had a large role in establishing and coordinating MIOCS, particularly through [[St . Anna Convent (Preston, Australia)|St . Anna's Convent]], and does so with the [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|ROCOR]] Dean of Victoria, Archpriest [[Michael Protopopov]] , and the priest of the [[Church of Russia|Moscow Patriarchate]] parish in Melbourne, Fr Igor Filianovsky.
Established in 2003, the first subjects under the aegis of MIOCS were offered in 2004.
==Faculty and Current Lecturers==
*[http://www.miocs.net Official Home Page].
*[http://www.australianorthodox.org.au/news_item.php?newsItem=39 MIOCS Commencement Service] for 2006.
*[http://www.australianorthodox.org.au/photo_gallery.php?dir=MIOCS%20Service%202006 Photo Gallery] of the 2006 Commencement Service.