Unemployment made a surprise fall last month, slipping 0.1 percent as the number of people employed in full-time and part-time work jumped.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the unemployment rate is sitting at 5.2 percent, falling from 5.3 percent the month previous, despite the fact economists had tipped it to remain steady.
The ABS reported the number of people employed increased by 20,400 to 11,451,200 in September. The increase in employment was driven by an increase in full-time employment, up 10,800 people to 8,044,200, and an increase in part-time employment, up 9,600 people to 3,407,100.
The number of jobless Australians decreased by 3,800 people to total 634,200.
The ABS monthly aggregate hours worked series showed a decrease in September, down 9.4 million hours to 1,615.1 million hours.