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Land of Opportunity: Australia's post-war reconstruction


Re-establishment and rehabilitation

In World War I serious consideration was not given to the re-establishment of servicemen until 1918. In contrast, the problems of the civil re-establishment of discharged members of the forces were considered by the Cabinet and departments at an early stage of World War II. In March 1941 the Inter-Departmental Reconstruction Advisory Committee set up a sub-committee on repatriation, training and placement which recommended the Department of Labour and National Service should be responsible for training and placement, while the Repatriation Commission would handle 'problem cases'. In June 1942 a Joint Parliamentary Committee on Repatriation was appointed, chaired by RT Pollard. In its second report it identified four avenues of re-establishment utilised after World War I: employment, vocational training, assistance with opening small businesses and land settlement. It considered that these avenues would be equally suitable when the current war ended. In its second report, in October 1942, the sub-committee urged the government to give some indication of its plans for post-discharge training. The War Cabinet set up a committee under Norman Mighell, the former Repatriation Commissioner, which met in January 1943. It recommended that a Reconstruction Training Committee should be set up immediately.

The first meeting of the Reconstruction Training Committee, chaired by HC Coombs, was held on 16 March 1943. It decided that the re-establishment planning organisation would need to be extended to include the Manpower Directorate and, in addition to training, it should consider plans for re-instatement, employment, preference and vocational guidance. As well as the standing committees on training and demobilisation, a standing committee was set up on general re-establishment and employment.

In January 1944 the Department of Post War Reconstruction prepared a Cabinet submission on the need for a Re-establishment Bill. Its scope would be broad, including a scheme for preference, demobilisation furlough, land settlement and housing benefits, a National Employment Service, reinstatement and apprenticeship protection, vocational training and re-employment allowances. Unlike the World War I scheme, preference would apply to private as well as public employment, but only to servicemen who enlisted or were called up for full-time service and who served outside Australia. It would be limited to seven years and would only apply to appointments, not promotions. Cabinet approved the recommendations on 7 February 1944. JB Chifley proposed that the Bill be introduced in the current session of Parliament, but the Cabinet rejected this suggestion and directed that no publicity be given to the legislation. The Bill, mainly drafted by PWE Curtin, was not considered by the Cabinet until 17 January 1945. Most of the discussion focused on preference in employment, including commitments made by the Prime Minister, possible limitation to the Commonwealth Public Service and the proposed duration of seven years. In the subsequent caucus meeting, EJ Ward moved that all references to preference be deleted, but the motion was defeated.

Post-discharge services and benefits

The Re-establishment and Employment Bill was presented to Parliament by Dedman on 23 March 1945. He pointed out that benefits for discharged servicemen and their dependants fell into two categories. Pensions, medical care, houses and land settlement were covered by the Repatriation Act, War Services Homes Acts and Land Settlement Acts. The benefits under the Re-establishment and Employment Bill were intended to assist the transition from the forces to civilian life. Part 2 of the Bill related to employment and contained provisions on reinstatement, continuity of entitlements, preference of employment to servicemen for seven years, apprenticeships, and the establishment and functions of the Commonwealth Employment Service. Part 3 related to vocational training, including the payment of training allowances and tuition fees, and the supply of books, equipment and tools of trade. Part 4 dealt with benefits for disabled persons and Part 5 with demobilisation. Part 6 was concerned with re-establishment assistance and provided for a range of benefits, such as re-establishment leave, re-employment allowances, re-establishment loans and business re-establishment allowances. Parts 7 and 8 referred to land settlement and housing, while Part 9 gave statutory basis to the legal aid bureaux which had been established by the Attorney-General. The preference question dominated the lengthy debates on the Bill, with the Opposition arguing for unlimited preference for an indefinite period. The Re-establishment and Employment Act came into force on 28 August 1945.

The general implementation of the Act was the responsibility of three committees each headed by an officer of the Department of Post War Reconstruction: the Central Demobilisation Committee (see chapter 5), the Central Reconstruction Training Committee (see chapter 7) and the Central Re-employment and Re-establishment Committee. The latter was responsible for vocational guidance, reinstatement in civil employment, preference in employment, apprenticeships, the Commonwealth Employment Service, the re-establishment of the disabled, and re-establishment loans. It included representatives of the Department of Labour and National Service, the Manpower Directorate, the Repatriation Commission and the Department of Social Services. Representatives of trade unions, employers, and ex-servicemen's organisations served on regional committees. Various agencies had specific responsibilities. For instance, reinstatement and preference were the concerns of the Department of Labour and National Service, vocational guidance was provided by the services and the Commonwealth Employment Service, and the Attorney-General's Department administered the legal service bureaux which provided free legal advice to ex-servicemen and their dependants.

By 1953 ex-service personnel had received 66,600 re-employment allowances, 24,299 business loans, 2325 professional loans and 1382 business re-establishment allowances.

Rehabilitation of disabled servicemen

In July 1944 the Standing Committee on Re-employment and Re-establishment set up a sub-committee on the rehabilitation of disabled members of the forces. It recommended a comprehensive scheme for the re-establishment of disabled men and women, with the Department of Post War Reconstruction providing a coordinating authority. In the meantime, the Repatriation Commission should be responsible for ex-servicemen who were unable to work or undertake training. In January 1945 Chifley proposed to the War Cabinet that the Department of Social Services should immediately set up an interim scheme for the care and re-establishment of disabled ex-servicemen who were not eligible for the benefits of the Repatriation Act. They would receive a rehabilitation allowance of 50 shillings per week. In the longer term, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Post War Reconstruction and the Treasury should draw up a scheme for the rehabilitation of disabled members of the community generally. The War Cabinet approved the proposals.

By 1947 the Department of Social Services had opened rehabilitation centres in all the capital cities except Hobart and more than 7000 returned servicemen had received treatment and assistance. Douglas Galbraith, the former Medical Rehabilitation Officer in the army, was appointed Coordinator of Rehabilitation within the Department of Post War Reconstruction and his staff of six doctors supervised the rehabilitation centres. In May 1947 Galbraith prepared a comprehensive report on a national scheme for the rehabilitation of all physically handicapped people, irrespective of the cause of disability. He envisaged treatment, training and selective employment in cases where the disabilities were likely to continue for at least six months. The report dealt with rehabilitation facilities in hospitals, psychiatric services, rehabilitation centres, vocational training, sheltered workshops and rehabilitation allowances. An inter-departmental committee considered the report and proposed that the rehabilitation scheme, which would be administered by the Department of Social Services, should be extended to certain groups in the general community. In February 1948 Chifley announced that a new rehabilitation scheme would be established, providing medical treatment and vocational training for disabled ex-members of the services, invalid pensioners and those claiming or receiving unemployment or sickness benefits. Subsequently, legislation was passed establishing the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service.

War Cabinet
WAR CABINET AGENDA FILES, 1939–46
Series: A2671
Re-establishment of members of the Forces and civilian war workers, 14 April 1943 166/1943
Conditions relating to medical care, discharge and after-treatment of members of the Forces, 9 January 1945 7/1945
Re-establishment of disabled members of the Forces, 9 January 1945 20/1945
Demobilisation and re-establishment, 11 July 1945 258/1945
Re-establishment: campaign for public enlightenment, 19 September 1945 410/1945
Cabinet
CURTIN, FORDE AND CHIFLEY MINISTRIES: CABINET MINUTES AND AGENDAS, 1941–49
Series: A2700
Re-establishment and preference, 17–18 January, 31 January 1945 758
Discharge and re-establishment of members of the Forces, 27 September 1945 952
Use of surplus equipment for individual re-establishment, 18 December 1945 1016
Use of surplus equipment for individual re-establishment, 26 March 1946 1016B
Coordinated re-establishment and re-employment publicity, 26 March 1946 1118
Coordinated re-establishment and re-employment publicity, 2 April 1946 1118A
Re-establishment of disabled members of the Forces, 1 May 1946 1160
Re-establishment of the disabled, 4 June 1946 1160A
Re-establishment of the disabled, 26 May 1947 1160B
Re-establishment of physically handicapped persons, 12 January 1948 1160C
Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945: prescribed occupations for £500 business re-establishment loans, 1 May 1946 1161
Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945: prescribed occupations for £500 business re-establishment loans, 1 June 1948 1161B
Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945: question of increasing limit of loans for rural occupations from £1000 to £3000, 2 July 1946 1204
Re-establishment loans for combined homes and business premises, 30 July 1946 1217
Re-establishment: members of the Occupation and Interim Forces, 23 August 1946 1241
Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945: closure date for benefits, 12 May 1949 1241D
Attorney-General's Department
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1929–
Series: A432
Re-establishment and Employment Act: preference inquiries, 1945–51
Letters from the Department of Labour and National Service and other departments, the Returned and Services League, companies, parliamentarians and individuals seeking clarification on the preference for servicemen clauses of the Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945, usually in relation to particular cases.
1945/1469
Re-establishment and Employment Act: administration, 1945–46
Correspondence about the roles of the Department of Labour and National Service and the Attorney-General's Department in policing the preference provisions of the Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945. The correspondents include JB Chifley, JA Beasley, R Wilson and Sir George Knowles.
1945/1489
Re-establishment and Employment Act: amendment by regulations, 1945–51
Correspondence concerning proposed amendments to the Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945, including provisions for agricultural loans.
1945/1669
Re-establishment pamphlets, 1945–48
Correspondence relating to the text of pamphlets on re-establishment published by the Department of Post War Reconstruction.
1945/1830
Re-establishment and Employment Bill, 1943–45
Report (29 December 1943) of the Inter-Departmental Committee on Re-employment and Re-establishment (chair: HC Coombs), drafts of the Re-establishment and Employment Bill, and correspondence about the drafting of the Bill, the constitutional validity of the proposed legislation, preference for servicemen and other provisions of the Bill. The correspondents include Sir George Knowles, JGB Castieau and HC Coombs.
1945/1870
Re-establishment of members of Occupation and Interim Forces, 1947–49
A Cabinet submission and correspondence between KH Bailey and AW Paul concerning the entitlements of members of the Occupation and Interim Forces to benefits under the Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945.
1947/457
Department of Air
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1922–60

Correspondence files covering areas such as general administration, technical and specialist areas, equipment procurement and disposal, and personnel matters.

Series: A705
Rehabilitation of RAAF personnel into civil life, 1941–48 (2 parts) 208/80/108
Rehabilitation Section: advice as to employment openings, 1945–46 (5 parts) 208/80/142
Rehabilitation Section: preparation for occupations on the land, 1943–46 208/80/146
Rehabilitation Section: Re-establishment and Employment Act, 1945–52 208/80/245
Director of Medical Services: re-establishment and postgraduate, 1943–45 231/16/185
Department of Health
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1925–49
Series: A1928
Rehabilitation of disabled members of the Forces, 1944–47 (2 parts)
War Cabinet and Cabinet papers and correspondence on the re-establishment of disabled members of the forces, payment of medical officers under the Rehabilitation Scheme, and a proposal that doctors in the Department of Post War Reconstruction responsible for rehabilitation of ex-servicemen be transferred to the Department of Health. The correspondents include AJ Metcalfe, FH Rowe, W Funnell and JBD Galbraith.
1181/53
Department of Labour and National Service
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE OF THE SECRETARIAT, 1940–50
Series: MP579/1
Central Re-employment and Re-establishment Committee: minutes, 1947–49
Minutes and agenda papers of the Central Re-employment and Re-establishment Committee (chair: AW Paul, JW Armstrong).
570/2/12
Central Re-employment and Re-establishment Committee: progress reports, 1948
Re-establishment reports (January–May 1948), including re-establishment statistics, reports on the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme, and Commonwealth Employment Service activities.
570/2/13
Department of Post War Reconstruction
CORRESPONDENCE, 1941–50
Series: A9816
Vocational guidance: use of psychological tests, 1943–45
Minutes of a meeting (9 April 1943) on vocational guidance and welfare (chair: PWE Curtin), reports by the Australian Council of Educational Research on psychological aspects of rehabilitation, and correspondence about pre-discharge psychological testing. The correspondents include HC Coombs, LG Melville, HS Wyndham, CES Gordon, KS Cunningham and G Bradshaw.
1943/648
Service rehabilitation: Army Services Educational Council, 1943–46
Reports and correspondence concerning Department of Post War Reconstruction representation on the Australian Services Educational Council, meetings and activities of the Council and its dissolution in April 1946. The correspondents include FM Forde, HC Coombs, RB Madgwick and RC Leahy.
1943/1445
Vocational guidance: Manpower Psychological Advisory Committee, 1943
Proceedings of a conference (20 April 1943) on methods of allocation and training of psychologists (chair: I Clunies Ross) and correspondence referring to the use of psychologists in rehabilitation work.
1944/159
Vocational guidance: policy, 1943–46
Report (15 March 1944) of the Sub-Committee on Guidance (chair: HS Wyndham) and correspondence on vocational guidance and psychological testing of discharged servicemen, cooperation with the service departments and guidance services in universities. The correspondents include HC Coombs, HS Wyndham, PWE Curtin, MC Langslow and JDG Medley.
1944/161
Vocational guidance: Dr Wyndham's reports, 1944
Vocational reports of HS Wyndham, Coordinator of Vocational Guidance.
1944/164
Vocational guidance: occupational surveys, 1944–45
Memoranda by HS Wyndham on occupational surveys and related correspondence.
1944/535
Re-establishment Publicity Committee, 1945–46
Minutes and memoranda on demobilisation and re-establishment publicity, re-establishment films, and the activities of the Re-establishment Division. The correspondents include L Ross, UR Ellis, AS Brown, FR Sinclair and SG Savige.
1945/56 Pt 1
Occupational survey, 1944–45
Cabinet and Production Executive submissions on a proposed occupational survey, draft report of an inter-departmental committee, and correspondence about the survey and classification of occupations. The correspondents include JF Nimmo, SR Carver and J Cumming.
1945/87
Vocational guidance: material from the Services, 1945
Occupational Monographs issued by the RAAF, covering medicine, dentistry, air hostesses and other occupations, and a summary by the RAAF Directorate of Training of professional occupations in Australia.
1945/467
Re-establishment Publicity Committee: minutes and agenda, 1945
Minutes of meetings (March–November 1945) of the Re-establishment Publicity Committee (chair: L Ross) and related correspondence of L Ross and UR Ellis.
1945/657
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE (A SERIES), 1941–55
Series: MP513/1
Allied ex-servicemen: re-establishment benefits, 1945–48 (2 parts)
War Cabinet and Cabinet submissions and minutes and memoranda on the taxation of British ex-servicemen resident in Australia, the repatriation of non-Australian members of the Australian defence forces and British immigration. The correspondents include JB Chifley, HC Coombs, RF Archer, JE Willoughby, AW Paul and GPN Watt.
A39
Absorptive capacity, 1945–48 (3 parts)
Correspondence, minutes and memoranda on the absorption of men and women trained under the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme, the work of industrial committees in assessing absorptive capacity, meetings with trade union representatives, relations with the Manpower Directorate and the Department of Labour and National Service, the transfer of occupational absorptive capacity investigations to the Commonwealth Employment Service, and the capacity of particular industries and occupations. The correspondents include HC Coombs, PWE Curtin, RF Archer, JE Willoughby, AW Paul, W Funnell and HA Bland.
A97
Comparative progress of re-establishment in Australia and other countries, 1945–46
Comparisons of re-establishment benefits in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada and United States and related correspondence.
A300
Comparative progress of re-establishment in Australia and other countries, 1946–48
Comparisons (July 1946, October 1948) of re-establishment benefits in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Canada and related correspondence.
A343
Conferences with ex-servicemen's organisations, 1945–46 (3 parts)
Agenda papers and transcript of a conference (13–14 November 1945) in Melbourne between the Department of Post War Reconstruction and representatives of ex-servicemen's organisations, and correspondence and notes concerning meetings in state capitals with ex-servicemen's organisations. The correspondents include JJ Dedman, HC Coombs, RF Archer, JE Willoughby, EV Raymont and J Lewis.
A379
History of re-establishment, 1947–49 (2 parts)
A history of the re-establishment of members of the Australian defence forces who served in World War II and correspondence concerning the compilation of the history. The correspondents include HC Coombs, AW Paul, JW Armstrong, DI Glastonbury, EJ Hook, RC Mills, GF Wootten and FH Rowe.
A723
Prisoners of war: problems of re-establishment, 1947
Minutes of a conference (22 July 1947) of representatives of Commonwealth departments and the Australian Red Cross Society (chair: AW Paul), reports by C Anderson and D Longmuir on the re-establishment of prisoners of war, and minutes on the views of ex-servicemen's organisations and the co-option of Red Cross representatives to re-establishment committees. The correspondents include AW Paul, JBD Galbraith and G Burniston.
A986
Inauguration of re-establishment, 1943–45
War Cabinet and Cabinet submissions, the report (29 December 1943) of the Inter-Departmental Committee on the Re-establishment Act and statements on the functions and structure of the Re-establishment Division and the Rehabilitation section.
A1795
CORRESPONDENCE FILES WITH SA (STAFF AND ACCOUNTS) PREFIX, 1943–50
Series: A10315
Rehabilitation, 1946–49
A Cabinet submission (16 May 1947) on re-establishment of the disabled and correspondence on the employment of doctors as deputy coordinators of rehabilitation in the Department of Post War Reconstruction, progress of the Rehabilitation Plan, the extension of rehabilitation services to invalid pensioners and other civilians, relations with the British Medical Association, and the treatment of former Re-establishment Division officers transferred to the Department of Social Services. The correspondents include JB Chifley, JJ Dedman, NE McKenna, HC Coombs, AS Brown and JBD Galbraith.
SA1947/62
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF EX-SERVICEMEN, 1943–48
Series: MP513/2
Re-establishment Bill: notes for Committee stage, 1945
Notes for the committee stage of the 1945 Re-establishment and Employment Bill and related correspondence of PWE Curtin.
1945/319
Department of the Army
ARMY HEADQUARTERS GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1939–42

Files relating to the wartime administration of the military forces including administration, defence and fixed defences, medical and dental corps, and staffing.

Series: MP508/1
Rehabilitation Services, 1942 89/704/27
Rehabilitation Service, 1942 89/704/30
Rehabilitation courses for members of the Forces, 1931–42 89/706/66
GENERAL AND CIVIL STAFF AND CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1943–51

General correspondence files, civil staff files and army personnel files.

Series: MP742/1
Demobilisation and rehabilitation, 1943 284/1/16
Rehabilitation: placement of disabled, 1944–46 284/2/176
Rehabilitation and resettlement of disabled persons, 1946 284/4/68
Army School of Rehabilitation: training of personnel, 1945 323/1/1469
Directorate of Manpower
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1942–46

Registered files of the Manpower Directorate dealing with the employment of internees, prisoners of war, detainees and other special categories, exemptions from call-up of certain workers, protected and reserved undertakings, the provision of labour for certain industries, workforce advertising, vocational guidance and rehabilitation programs.

Series: B551
Rehabilitation of ex-servicemen: cooperation between Director-General of Manpower and Ministry of Post War Reconstruction, 1943 44/82/8807
Rehabilitation of Service personnel: broadcasts by HA Bland, 1944 1944/82/10605
Re-establishment of ex-servicemen, 1945–46 1945/82/13458
Australian Women's Land Army: re-establishment and rehabilitation of members, 1944–45 1945/110/9450
National Works Council
CORRESPONDENCE, 1943–55
Series: CP630/1
Re-establishment of employment, 1944–45
Correspondence and memoranda concerning the drafting of the 1945 Re-establishment and Employment Bill and proposals for the re-establishment of disabled members of the defence forces. The correspondents include HC Coombs, PWE Curtin, W Sheehan, HJ Goodes, GPN Watt and J Webster.
Bundle 4/1
Navy Office
CORRESPONDENCE FILES (201 SERIES), 1939–50

Correspondence files of the Navy Office, including files on training, personnel, defence equipment, demobilisation and re-establishment.

Series: MP150/1
Post war rehabilitation, 1945 428/212/85
Red Cross Rehabilitation Committee, 1942 437/201/510
Rehabilitation course for repatriated prisoners of war from Europe, 1945 567/201/62
POWs rehabilitation courses, 1945 567/201/107
CORRESPONDENCE FILES (201 SERIES), 1923–51
Series: MP151/1
Central Reconstruction Re-establishment Committee, 1946
Minutes and agenda papers of the Central Re-employment and Re-establishment Committee (chair: RF Archer).
835/201/288
Prime Minister's Department
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934–50
Series: A461
Post war reconstruction: rehabilitation of disabled persons, 1948
A statement (16 February 1948) by JB Chifley on the establishment and employment of disabled persons.
AD387/1/1
Post war reconstruction: group rehabilitation, 1945
Correspondence regarding a proposal of the Wollongong and District Repatriation Committee for a group rehabilitation scheme. The correspondents include WJ McKell, HC Coombs and J Webster.
W387/1/1
Repatriation Commission
CORRESPONDENCE FILES (G SERIES), 1929–51\

Policy files of the Repatriation Commission dealing with administration, staffing, institutions, benefits, stores and equipment, and other matters.

Series: A2421
Red Cross Rehabilitation Committee, 1941–49 G1435
Army Rehabilitation Services, 1943–45 G1513
Rehabilitation schemes and proposals: New Zealand, 1940–46 (3 parts) G1533
Taking over military hospitals, 1945–50 (2 parts) G1692
Re-establishment 1939 War: history, 1948–49 G1969
Treasury
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1901–76
Series: A571
Re-establishment of women and needs of the community, 1945
Minutes of an inter-departmental conference (19 January 1945) on re-establishment for women (chair: RF Archer) and related correspondence.
1944/4277
JB Chifley
CORRESPONDENCE OF CHIFLEY AS PRIME MINISTER, 1945–49
Series: M1455
Correspondence P, part 2, 1945
Includes a letter (7 September 1945) from JJ Dedman to Chifley about the lack of progress in establishing a scheme for rehabilitation of disabled members of the community.
37
HC Coombs
RESEARCH MATERIAL, DRAFTS AND PAPERS OF HC COOMBS, 1922–85
Series: M448
Rehabilitation work: press cuttings, 1943–47
Notes on rehabilitation of tradesmen from the Services and Munitions departments, sent to Coombs by CES Gordon (27 January 1943) and newspaper cuttings on training and rehabilitation (March–May 1947).
236
Rehabilitation scheme, 1949
Report by Kathleen Best on the rehabilitation scheme for handicapped persons administered by the Department of Post War Reconstruction in 1948–49 and correspondence concerning the situation within the Department of Social Services of former staff of the Re-establishment Division. The correspondents include JJ Dedman, LF Crisp, HC Coombs and FH Rowe.
238
John Curtin
CORRESPONDENCE OF JOHN CURTIN AS PRIME MINISTER: SPECIAL SUBJECT SERIES, 1941–44
Series: M1416
Preference to returned soldiers, 1943
Correspondence (March–April 1943) of J Curtin with the Returned and Services League and other organisations on the subject of preference of employment for returned soldiers.
69
Douglas Galbraith
REPORT OF DOUGLAS GALBRAITH, COORDINATOR OF REHABILITATION, DEPARTMENT OF POST WAR RECONSTRUCTION, 1947
Series: M4152
Report on the provision in Australia of a national scheme for the rehabilitation of physically handicapped persons, 1947
Report (2 May 1947) by JBD Galbraith on a national scheme for the rehabilitation of physically disabled people and minutes (May 1947) from Galbraith to HC Coombs and FH Rowe.
1
Sir Harold Wyndham
PAPERS OF HS WYNDHAM AS COORDINATOR OF VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE, DEPARTMENT OF POST WAR RECONSTRUCTION, 1944–45
Series: CP28/1
Vocational guidance working plans, 1942–45
Report of a meeting (15 March 1944) of the Sub-Committee on Guidance (chair: HS Wyndham), notes of a conference (6 June 1945) on demobilisation plans and vocational guidance, correspondence, memoranda and notes on vocational training, the provision of vocational guidance as part of the CRTS, and the functions of the Army Psychological Service. The correspondents include HC Coombs and HS Wyndham.
Bundle 1/folder 1
Conferences, 1944–45
Minutes of meetings and conferences including the Sub-Committee on Prisoners of War and a conference (19–22 June 1945) of the chief administrative officers of the Department of Post War Reconstruction and the Department of Labour and National Service.
Bundle 1/folder 2
Disablement: Sub-Committee on Rehabilitation, 1943–44
Reports and other documents including statements of the Repatriation Commission and the report of the sub-committee on rehabilitation and re-establishment of disabled members of the armed forces.
Bundle 1/folder 3
Demobilisation plans: provision of vocational guidance, 1944–45
A War Cabinet submission (20 February 1945), correspondence and statements on the planning of demobilisation and vocational guidance. The correspondents include WC Wurth and W Funnell.
Bundle 1/folder 4
Sub-Committee on Guidance, 1944
Interim report (25 March 1944) of the Sub-Committee on Guidance (chair: HS Wyndham) and other reports, correspondence and statements on the use of psychological tests for training and placement purposes, and vocational guidance in rehabilitation and re-establishment. The correspondents include HS Wyndham, KS Cunningham, CES Gordon, DI Glastonbury and R Want.
Bundle 1/folder 5

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