One hundred executive members of the Australian College of Health Service Executives were randomly surveyed about which factors they perceived as promoting or constraining their career progress and to what extent. Seventy five responded. Most highly ranked promoting factors were determination to succeed, length and variety of job experience, and the holding of tertiary qualifications in health administration. Constraining factors were largely dismissed as challenges, not great impediments. Age variations amongst respondents did not substantially influence their views. Some results of the survey were presented at the 16th National Congress of the ACHSE, Adelaide, 21-23 June, 1990.