Career Prospects at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Please tell us about promotion possibilities and fill us in on what it takes to move up the ranks.

Very slow, much slower than other departments. Consider this very carefully when applying and choosing this over other careers.
Graduate, Canberra
So long as they meet probation and performance requirements, graduates move through several APS rankings at specified times. You enter the department as an APS 3, and can expect to move to APS 5 during your first posting (after 3-5 years in the department). You must then enter promotion rounds subsequent to that, which seem to reward people with promotions based on how long they've been in the department rather than merit. You can expect to wait 15 years to move to director level (EL2).
Graduate, Canberra
Opportunities for promotion come up every couple of years and are filled through the APS bulk round system.
Experienced, Canberra
Promotion opportunities have been limited recently and are highly sought after.
Graduate, Canberra
Very slow progression because I'm surrounded by so much talent.
Graduate, Canberra
It seems that promotion possibilities are irregular at the Department. As stated earlier, this is one area that is difficult.
Graduate, Canberra
It seems as if there is going to be a long wait to be promoted. This is partly due to the nature of posting but overwhelmingly because of the glut of people at the APS6/EL1 level.
Graduate, Canberra
Each year you can move up a pay grade (or receive a bonus) following a performance assessment. Fast movers are those who are posted as diplomats overseas; these opportunities are therefore highly valued, and not easy to come by.
Graduate, Canberra
The process is slow because the department is popular and people don't tend to leave - so there are limited vacancies at higher levels!
Graduate, Canberra
Highly competitive promotion rounds.
Entry level, Canberra