• Entry type: Organisation
  • Entry ID: AWE6357

Women’s Employment Board

(From 1942 – 1944)
  • Occupation Employment agency, Women's organisation


In March 1942 the Australian Government passed the National Security (Employment of Women) Regulations which established the Women’s Employment Board (WEB). ‘The aim of the WEB was to encourage and regulate the employment of women in work usually performed by men’ during the Second World War. ‘From 1942 to 1944 the WEB set the wages, hours and conditions of over 70,000 female workers in Australian industries’ (Larmour, 1975).

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of Alfred W. Foster, 1935-1961 [manuscript]
    • Women's Employment Board