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Agency VA 2887
Prices Control Branch (also known as Victorian Prices Branch), Law Department
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Date Range: 1948 - 1954
 
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Establishment and Functions

Following a referendum in 1948, the Commonwealth Government relinquished responsibility for price control. From September 1948, the State Government assumed responsibility for the administration of price control in Victoria.

A Prices Decontrol Commissioner was appointed under the provisions of the Prices Regulation Act, 1948. The Commissioner was appointed by the Governor in Council and was not subject to the provisions of the Public Service Act. Under the provisions of the Prices Regulation (Amendment) Act 1951 the Commissioner became known as the Prices Commissioner. The Prices Regulation Act also provided for the appointment of additional officers to administer price control in Victoria. A Prices Control Branch (also known as the Victorian Prices Branch) was established and located within the Law Department (VA 864).

The Prices Regulation Act was to be administered with a view to ensuring:

the prevention of undue increases in prices and rates for goods, services and land, particularly food, clothing and housing during the period of post-war readjustment
the regulation of prices and rates for goods and services regarded as essential or which were in short supply
the progressive removal of price control

The Commissioner had the power to determine maximum prices and rates for declared goods and services. Price control ceased in Victoria on 31 December 1954.

Location of Records

Some records of the Prices Control Branch are in the custody of the Public Record Office and are listed with the records of the Law Department (VA 864). See VPRS 10250, VPRS 10251, VPRS 10252.

 
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? 1948 - 1954 Unserialised Records VPRS 12131 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1954 General Correspondence Files, Annual Single Number System VPRS 10252 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1954 Price Regulation Orders and Declarations VPRS 12130 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Personnel Files VPRS 10250 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Financial Analysis Files VPRS 10251 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Staff Instructions VPRS 11975 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Press Releases VPRS 12065 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Orders in Council VPRS 12066 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Index to General Correspondence Files, Footwear VPRS 12071 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Index to General Correspondence Files, Price Enquiries VPRS 12072 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Group Review Files VPRS 12073 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Index to General Correspondence Files VPRS 12074 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Index to Prices VPRS 12075 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Registers of Prosecutions VPRS 12076 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Index to Group Review Files VPRS 12077 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Summary of Group Reviews VPRS 12078 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Index to Financial Analysis Files VPRS 12079 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Index to Builders' Applications and Purchasers VPRS 12080 North Melbourne Open
1948 - 1955 Administration Files VPRS 12097 North Melbourne Open
1954 - 1954 Notices to Cafes VPRS 12096 North Melbourne Open
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1948 - 1954 Law VRG 19
1950 - 1954 Prices VRG 56
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