Nanette Fitzgerald

Nanette Fitzgerald
Associate Deputy Secretary, Industry Development and Manufacturing Sovereignty
Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions

Nanette Fitzgerald’s career in public service has spanned many portfolios, and her achievements include delivering the government’s response to the closure of the automotive industry in Victoria, the implementation, delivery, and compliance with the Local Jobs First and Fair Jobs Code policies and the development of industry initiatives that help drive broader outcomes including investment, jobs, employment inclusion and trade outcomes.

Nanette is the Associate Deputy Secretary, Industry Development and Manufacturing Sovereignty within the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (Victoria, Australia) and brings with her a passionate approach to the development and implementation of policy, strategies, and initiatives to drive industry development, participation and employment outcomes in Victoria, Australia.

During 2020 Nanette headed up much of the government’s response work for COVID-19 with the oversight of ventilator and PPE manufacturing (non-health) for the whole of the government and supporting HealthShare Victoria and Department of Health.  In 2021 Nanette was seconded to the Department of Premier and Cabinet as Executive Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Major Projects for several months to oversee projects within the Big Build including Westgate Tunnel, North East Link and Melbourne Airport Rail.

Before joining the department, Nanette held senior positions across the environment and public land management agencies and led the response to a wide range of high-level stakeholder partnerships, strategy, and policy work. Nanette over many years held senior positions across bushfire response and worked across key campaign fires including the 2009 Black Saturday fires and then subsequently on the Bushfire Royal Commission.