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Scott Gallacher – Deputy Chief Executive, Housing

Role and responsibilities

Scott Gallacher

Scott leads MSD's work in the vital social housing area. The Housing Group is responsible for providing leadership and prioritisation for housing within MSD and across Government, with a view to ensuring that all those New Zealanders who are in insecure accommodation and/or in need can move into safe, secure and stable accommodation.

What working for the Ministry means to me

“The opportunity to make a tangible, positive difference to people’s lives.”


Scott has a broad background from within Government and the private sector.

Previous to joining MSD, Scott was responsible for all of the Ministry of Primary Industries’ regulatory activities and functions, spanning across the food safety, biosecurity and primary production (including animal welfare) systems.

Scott also worked in the private (legal) sector in both New Zealand and Australia, as well as with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has extensive experience in regulatory and international trade matters and has served as an arbitrator on a number of international disputes.

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