There are positive signs out of the retail sector with new figures showing the biggest lift in sales since the start of the year.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported total retail sales increased by 0.8 per cent, much larger than had been expected.
It was the best monthly performance since February.
It was led by solid climbs in the clothing and department store sectors. The value of department store sales grew by 2.8 per cent through the month.
Only one sector suffered a decline through September with household goods down by 0.4 per cent.
But WA held the overall national performance back, with the value of sales falling by 0.2 per cent.
Elsewhere, every other State and Territory registered an increase. The value of sales in both NSW and Victoria improved by one per cent.
Over the past 12 months, however, retail sales are up by 2.9 per cent. In WA they have grown by just 0.3 per cent.
The strength of the nation's two largest States was replicated in the bureau's measure of house prices.
The house price index jumped by 1.9 per cent in the September quarter to be 7.6 per cent higher over the year.
Prices in Sydney increased by 3.6 per cent in the quarter to be 11.4 per cent up over the year. In Melbourne, prices were up by 1.9 per cent to be 6.8 per cent higher over the past 12 months.
Perth continued its solid performance with prices increasing by 0.2 per cent to be 8.6 per cent higher over the year. It remains the second strongest property market in the country.
The Reserve Bank board meets tomorrow with expectations that it will keep official interest rates on hold at 2.5 per cent.However, there have been concerns raised that the current low rates are feeding into an over-heating property market.