Australia’s economy gained momentum in the last quarter of 2016, allowing the resource-rich economy to extend its 25-year streak without recession.
It brings the country close to breaking the Netherlands’ record of modern-era uninterrupted economic growth.
Australia’s economy had contracted in the third quarter but the surprise 1.1% rise pulled the annual figure back to a 2.4% growth rate.
The recovery was attributed largely to strong exports and consumer spending.
Mining and agriculture enjoyed relatively strong growth in the three months to December.