Business services activity was up 2.0 percent in the September 2016 quarter. This was led by scientific, architectural, and engineering services, which had its largest increase since December 2007.
Transport, postal, and warehousing increased 3.7 percent – the largest increase since December 2003. This increase was due to road transport, and air transport.
Arts, recreation, and other services increased 2.4 percent. Repair and maintenance services was up significantly, driving this movement.
Public administration, safety, and defence was up 1.7 percent. This was driven by public order, safety and regulatory services, and defence.
Manufacturing activity increased 1.2 percent, with six of the nine industries up.
Food, beverage, and tobacco manufacturing was up 1.6 percent, due to increases in beverage and tobacco product manufacturing and fruit, oil, cereal, and other food product manufacturing.
Transport equipment, machinery and equipment manufacturing was up 2.7 percent – the highest quarterly growth since the December 2013 quarter.
Construction activity increased 2.1 percent in the September 2016 quarter. Residential and non-residential building were both up, which was also reflected in an increase in construction trade services. Heavy and civil engineering construction (such as telecommunications and infrastructure) also increased.
Agricultural activity was down 1.6 percent this quarter. Dairy production and sheep and beef cattle farming were both down. This was due to a drop in milk production, cattle, and wool – partly offset by an increase in lamb.
Forestry and logging increased 10 percent in the September 2016 quarter. This increase in seasonally adjusted value added was the largest since September 1999.
1. Includes unallocated taxes on production (eg import duties and GST).