The Australian share market has closed lower for a second day, dragged by the energy, mining and utility sectors.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed down 34 points, or 0.53 per cent, to 6,325.5 points at 1615 AEST on Tuesday, while the broader All Ordinaries closed down 31.2 points, or 0.48 per cent, to 6,418.4.

Still the ASX200 closed the month of April up 2.34 per cent and close to its highs of late August.

The Aussie dollar dropped at 1100 AEST after Chinese factory activity for April came in lower than expected.

The Aussie was buying 70.37 US cents, down from 70.55 cents on Monday.