To conserve food during WWII, rationing regulations were gazetted in May 1942 and food rationing began in June. Tea was the first commodity to be rationed, the allowance being 1/2 lb per adult per five weeks. In July, sugar was rationed, with every adult allowed 2lb per fortnight. Australians were issued with identity cards and ration books. Rationing of tea did not end until 1950.