The role of the Department of Post-war Reconstruction, established in December 1942, was to plan for Australia's transition from a war to peacetime economy. Attention was to be given to the economy as a whole, as well as the individuals being demobilised from the services. The Commonwealth Government was keen to avoid the depression conditions that occurred after World War I. The department was required to work in collaboration with other Commonwealth departments, state governments, and local and semi-governmental authorities in formulating its plans for post-war Australia.
The South Australian branch of the department was operational from December 1944, including an Industrial Development Division and responsibility for the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme, and by February 1946 had expanded to include a Re-establishment Division, Secondary Industries Division, War Service Land Settlement Division and Demobilisation Disposal Centre. A Rural Training Division was also added. The department ceased to exist in 1950, with residual functions being inherited by the Repatriation Department or the Department of Labour and National Service.
|SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA|
|Recorded by: Ministry of Post-war Reconstruction/Deputy Commissioner of Repatriation, South Australia|
|Files of industrial committee minutes and correspondence, 1944–57||D2713|
|Ammunition factories and related facilities, 1944–56||D4523|
|Ammunition factories and annexes, 1944–56||D4524|
|SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA|
|Metal industry in South Australia – changeover from war to civilian production, 1943||A9816, 1943/1155|
|Employment problems – South Australia, 1945–47||A9816, 1946/65 part 1 and 2|
|Post-war problem of employment in South Australia, 1944||CP80/1, bundle 16/S734|