Scot MacDonald was born in Brisbane and attended the Anglican Grammar School (Churchie). Scot completed an Associate Diploma in Farm Management at Queensland Agricultural College, Gatton and a Bachelor of Financial Administration at the University of New England, Armidale. His post graduate qualifications include a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management and a Masters of Environmental Management also from UNE.
His commercial experience is in the cotton industry with Auscott Pty Limited at their Warren and Moree operations and with Rural Press as an internal auditor and Group Accountant.
Scot owned and operated a rural supplies business in Guyra, NSW with his wife Aileen for 20 years. After the sale of the business, he was appointed Executive Officer of Riverina Citrus, a NSW Statutory Authority based in Griffith NSW.
He is married to Aileen MacDonald and they have three children Alex, James and Nicola.
Scot was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in March 2011. In 2015 he was honoured to be appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter and now serves as Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter. Scot is currently a member of Portfolio Committee 2 Health and Community Services and Portfolio Committee 5 Industry and Transport. His past Committee appointments included the:
- General Purpose Standing Committee 5 (Inquired into Coal Seam Gas and Public Land Management);
- Standing Committee on Law and Justice (Inquired into Opportunities to Consolidate Tribunals, Review of the NSW Racial Vilification law);
- Joint Standing Committee on the Office of the Valuer General;
- Select Committee on the Partial Defence of Provoction and the Select Committee on the Closure or Downsizing Corrective Services NSW Facilities.
Scot is a member of the Institute of Public Affairs, NSW Grasslands Society, Australian Farm Institute and long standing member of the Rotary Club of Guyra. He served for a decade as NSW Country Vice President for the NSW Division of the Liberal Party. His policy interests include natural resource issues, agriculture, resources and economics.