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The only ground for promotion review is merit (Public Service Regulation 5.8). More information on the legislative and policy framework for merit is available.

The committee assesses the relative merit of the person promoted and each person who has validly applied for review of that promotion decision.

Relative merit means deciding who is most suitable to successfully perform the duties of the job.

The committee can also include other considerations in deciding who should be promoted. For example, a person's availability to take up the job.