Ann Scott was awarded the Public Service Medal (Australia) in 1995, the Queensland Police Service Medal in 2004, and in 2005 was the first recipient of the Queensland Police Commissioner’s Award for Meritorious Service.
She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree and was awarded a PhD in Government from the University of Queensland in 1984. She wrote her doctoral thesis on the Select Committee on Education, chaired by Mike Ahern, MLA, and its role in education policymaking in Queensland.
She was appointed as a policy officer in the Queensland Department of Education in 1984. In 1987 she moved to Canberra where she worked for the ACT Administration on the transition to self-government, then became Committee Secretary to the Social Policy Committee of the new ACT Legislative Assembly.
On her return to Queensland in 1990 she was appointed to the Queensland Cabinet Office. As Principal Policy Officer, she was a foundation member of the Women’s Policy Unit, before moving to the Social Policy Unit. In 1992 she was appointed to the Public Sector Management Commission Review Division, and worked on reviews of Queensland Emergency Services, Regionalisation in Queensland, Queensland Corrective Services Commission, and the Queensland Police Service.
In 1994 she moved to the Queensland Police Service. In 2004 she retired from her position as Director of the Office of the Commissioner. She was made an Adjunct Professor in Criminology at the University of Queensland in 2005, before moving to History to work on the ‘Queensland Speaks’ oral history project.
Since retiring she has also written two biographies:
- Ernest Gowers: Plain Words and Forgotten Deeds, ‘Understanding Governance’ Series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
- William Richard Gowers 1845-1915: Exploring the Victorian Brain (with Professors Mervyn Eadie, and Andrew Lees), Oxford University Press, 2012.