Is social housing infrastructure? Monday 11 February 2019, Melbourne
Deputy Secretary, Housing and Infrastructure & Director of Housing, Department of Health and Human Services
Nick Foa has extensive experience delivering services and infrastructure to Victorian communities which he has been gained over a long career in local and state government. Nick joined the Victorian Government in 2014 as Acting Deputy Secretary, Local Infrastructure in the Department of Transport. Prior to that, he had a 22 year career in local government which culminated in senior roles at Maribyrnong and Maroondah councils and as CEO of the City of Brimbank.
In his current role as Deputy Secretary, Housing and Infrastructure, Nick manages a $4 billion pipeline of projects across health and community services infrastructure delivery and homelessness service delivery.
As Director of Housing, Nick is landlord of 64,000 public housing properties and approximately 125,000 public housing tenants in Victoria. He holds the statutory functions of the Director of Housing under the Housing Act 1983 which enables the Director of Housing to buy, lease and sell property and to enter into agreements.
In his wider health and human services infrastructure role, Nick established the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority to deliver Victoria’s major health infrastructure and is leading the implementation of three key initiatives in the Victorian Government’s Homes for Victorians housing strategy: the Social Housing Growth Fund, the Victorian Housing Register and the redevelopment of 14 public housing estates in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.
In his previous role as Deputy Secretary, Sport and Recreation Nick led the $1 billion redevelopment of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks and delivered the Victorian Government’s Stadium Strategy from which major stadia in Melbourne and regional Victoria will be redeveloped.