Conversely, consumers discretionary and materials were the worst performing. The big four banks closed mixed with NAB and CBA both gaining 0.4% and Westpac flat.
ANZ dropped 0.9% after reporting its FY12 results and providing a gloomy outlook for FY13. The major miners advanced despite a mixed night for commodity prices. BHP and Rio Tinto added 0.2% and 0.4% respectively.
The ASX 200 put on five points (+0.1%) to settle at 4511.