|Formed||2 February 1945|
|Dissolved||13 July 1945|
|Jurisdiction||Commonwealth of Australia|
The department was established in February 1945 under the Curtin government. Less than five months later, in July 1945, it was dismantled by the Chifley government soon after the death of John Curtin.
The Department was a Commonwealth Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Works, Bert Lazzarini. The Director-General of the Department was Louis F. Loder.