Between 1939 and 1948 price control was introduced by the Commonwealth as part of its defence responsibilities, to act as a brake on inflation trends created through wartime profiteering. Positions of Deputy Price Commissioner were created in each state to report to the Commonwealth Prices Commissioner.
A Prices Order was issued under the Defence National Security (General) Regulations, preventing any increase in the price of goods except by permission of the Minister for Trade and Customs. Deputy commissioners were vested with the power to enforce price regulation orders on declared commodities and to warn or prosecute traders for overcharging.
Price control passed from Commonwealth to state administration in September 1948.
|SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO PRICE CONTROL IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA|
|Sydney and Adelaide|
|Recorded by: State Deputy Prices Commissioner, South Australia|
|Information files, 1939–48||D5478|
|Register and index of prosecutions, 1941–48||D5480|
|Milk subsidy index cards, 1944–48||D5474|
|Fodder subsidy index cards, 1945–46||D5472|
|Port Pirie subsidy index, 1945–48||D5475|
|Prices regulation, administrative and policy files, investigation cases and financial statement/trading result files, 1939–48||AP5/1|