Like the other nations of he Empire, Australia adopted the 37 pattern webbing during WW2. Like all the other nations though, Australia made modifications to suit its own troops, fighting for the most part in the jungles of SE Asia. Troops had found the thin cross straps of the traditional 37 pattern webbing rubbed soldiers’ shoulders and caused sores. What was needed were wider straps and these were introduced late in the war:
It is unclear if many of these straps reached front line troops before the end of the war, but they did see use in the conflicts that cam after. As can be seen the central portion of the strap was made twice as wide as the standard cross strap:
These wider straps helped overcome one of the greatest weaknesses of the 37 pattern system, having worn traditional 37 pattern webbing myself for a few days in a row, I can attest to how uncomfortable it can become with prolonged wear.
These straps are dated 1945 and have the D/|\D Mark of the Austalian Defence Department: