Department of Supply and Development (1939–42)

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Department of Supply and Development
Department overview
Formed 26 April 1939[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved 17 October 1942[1]
Superseding agency
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Ministers responsible
Department executives

The Department of Supply and Development was an Australian government department that existed between April 1939 and October 1942.


Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements and in the Department's annual reports.

The functions of the Department at first included:[1]

  • provision or supply of munitions;
  • the manufacture or assembly of aircraft, or parts by the Commonwealth or by authority of the Commonwealth;
  • arrangements for the establishment or extension of industries for purposes of defence;
  • the acquisition, maintenance and disposal of stocks of goods in connection with defence;
  • the arrangement or coordination of surveys of Australian industrial capacity, planning to

ensure effective operation in time of war and decentralise secondary industries, particularly those relating to defence investigation and development of Australian sources of supply of goods in time of war, particularly additional oil resources, production of power, alcohol from sugar or other crops and the production of oil from coal or shale


The Department was a Commonwealth Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Supply and Development.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d CA 33: Department of Supply and Development [I] Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 16 December 2013