Career Prospects at Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)

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

Employees at PM&C are often told it’s easier to get a promotion by leaving for another government department, than to stay at PM&C. Promotion is often arbitrary and based on luck and not merit. It’s a lot harder to get promoted in the public sector, particularly PM&C, than the private sector.
Entry level, Canberra
Promotion opportunities depend on your area of the Department, but it’s typically easier to join another agency for promotion and return to the Department.
Graduate, Canberra
Progression is very slow. Employees typically have to leave and come back a few years down the track to progress.
Graduate, Canberra
Many people have previously been promoted by staying in the public service, however level of seniority and pay doesn’t always reflect ability, or amount of work done. For newly started employees (in last 1-5 years) promotions beyond a point can be quite difficult without moving out of the organisation and coming back in at a later date. Many people will be getting paid at a lower level than those who do the same or less work, and this will not be addressed.
Entry level, Canberra
Usually time is the best indicator of someone’s promotion opportunities.
Entry level, Canberra
These are limited in my area. Some parts of the Department are reluctant to provide acting opportunities to develop skills.
Graduate, Canberra
I have been promoted quite quickly, but there is a bottleneck to move beyond APS level staff.
Entry level, Canberra