Expertise: public policy, education, advisory processes, federalism, corruption, parliament, and royal commissions
Scott has worked in senior policy and advisory roles in Queensland Public Service and served in ministerial offices at both state and federal levels. More recently, he was from late 2013 till mid-2019, Senior Adviser on schools policy to two federal education ministers and then served as senior advisor to the cabinet minister for regional health, sport and decentralisation until after the recent federal election. Scott has also held academic positions at five universities across four states and territories including at professorial level, teaching Australian politics, public administration, public policy, industrial relations and government-business relations.
Scott has written and co-edited a range of publications including: Royal Commissions and Public Inquiries: Practice and Potential (2014); Audit Commissions: Reviewing the Reviewers (2013); Restraining Elective Dictatorship: The Upper House Solution? (2008); Royal Commissions and Public Inquiries in Australia (2006); Policy and Change: The Howard Mandate (1997); Keeping Them Honest: Democratic Reform in Queensland, (1992); and Corruption and Reform: The Fitzgerald Vision (1990).
Most recently he has written chapters on education, public inquiries and the Senate in the UNSW-Howard Library series on the Howard Government.
Scott has Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Queensland, and gained his doctorate from Griffith University.
Scott is from Ipswich, Queensland.
27 February 2020
Media & Commentary
How royal commissions can both help and hinder 21 January 2020 | Financial ReviewWith the Morrison government proposing a royal commission into the current bushfires it is important to understand how this inquiry mechanism could help resolve some of issues surrounding the crisis. Handled properly, it could take the heat out of the politics, end…read more
No evidence of hurry to follow Gonski advice on research body 03 December 2019 | The Canberra TimesThe Commonwealth received the Gonski Review to Achieve Education Excellence in Australian Schools in April 2018 and accepted one of its key recommendations to establish an ‘evidence institute’ to “coordinate the strategic development of national research and evidence … to…read more