Department of Transport (1941–1950)

The Department of Transport was an Australian government department that existed between June 1941 and March 1950.

Department of Transport
Department overview
Formed26 June 1941[1]
Preceding agencies
Dissolved16 March 1950[1]
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
Department executives
  • Frank Murphy, Secretary (1941–1943)
  • Richard John Murphy, Secretary (1943–1948)
  • A.W. Paul, Secretary (1948–1950)

The department was created after Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced that, due to the war position, it was essential for a Commonwealth executive authority to be established to address both road and rail internal transport problems.[1] It was established by an Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 26 June 1941, the order also established the Department of Aircraft Production, the Department of War Organization of Industry, the Department of Home Security and the Department of External Territories.[2]


  1. ^ a b c CA 44: Department of Transport [II], Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 18 June 2013
  2. ^ Administrative Arrangements Order made on 26 June 1941 (PDF), 26 June 1941, archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2013