The Australian share market has edged higher as investors await direction from Wall Street ahead of a busy week of economic data, although surging gold prices have boosted miners of the precious metal.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index gained 20.2 points, or 0.34 per cent, at 6,044.2 points, while the All Ordinaries index was up 21.6 points, or 0.35 per cent, at 6,169.6.

The Australian dollar was trading higher after weakness in the US greenback against major currencies, buying 71.32 US cents, up from 70.94 US cents at Friday’s close.