The National Disability Insurance Scheme commenced in 2013 and is being progressively rolled out to all regions in Australia. This a major change in how disability services are delivered across Australia, with significant investment from all state, territory and Commonwealth governments.
Scott McNaughton is the General Manager of Government Affairs within the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). In his prior role of General Manager of Participant Pathway Design, Scott led the NDIA’s pathway review which will significantly improve the experience people and organisations have with the NDIS.
Scott will give an update on the continued roll out of the NDIS with a focus on work underway to improve participant employment outcomes, including increasing employment supports in NDIS plans. Most importantly, Scott will discuss the importance of increasing linkages between the NDIS and the DES program to improve employment participation for people with disability.


Scott McNaughton

General Manager Participant Pathway Design
National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

Scott is currently the General Manager Participant Pathway Design, for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Scott’s role is to design and manage the planning pathway for participants entering the NDIS, as well as associated service delivery policy issues. Scott also has responsibility for the Mental Health portfolio within the NDIA. Scott has been with the NDIA for almost 4 years, and was previously the General Manager of Regional Operations, and the Branch Manager Full Scheme Implementation.
Scott joined the NDIA from the Commonwealth Department of Human Services (DHS) where he was previously the Service Zone Leader for West Victoria. Scott was responsible for the face-to-face services in the Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support Agency offices for all of Western Victoria. Scott has previously headed up the Innovation and Digital Design Branch in DHS, as well various operations branches in DHS.
Scott has been in the Australian Public Service for around 20 years, spending time in various departments in both Canberra and Victoria - including FaHCSIA, the Department of Social Services, the Child Support Agency and the Department of Human Services. He has extensive experience in social policy, indigenous issues and service delivery environments. Scott was also a member of the Bali Bombings taskforce in 2001.
Scott has a Masters of Public Administration (Melbourne University) and a Master of Business (Victoria University). He enjoys surfing, swimming, trying to keep fit, and coaching the ‘nippers’ in surf lifesaving which his two daughters are both heavily involved in. Scott is on the Board of the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club. He is also a very keen supporter of Hawthorn in the AFL.


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