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Next Generation Banknotes (NGB): Security – Tactile Feature

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@PeteW published a post about the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) updating the Australian Banknotes consecutively over the next 5 years, starting with the $5 banknote released on 1 September 2016. The new notes will have upgraded security features to ensure Australia's banknotes remain secure into the future.

One of the interesting new security features is the Tactile Feature.



About the feature

The next generation of banknotes includes an embossed ‘tactile’ feature to assist the vision-impaired community. This is the first time a ‘tactile’ feature has been included on an Australian banknote.

The existing Australian banknote features that were designed to assist people with impaired vision have been retained as part of the next generation banknote design. These include: bright colours; large and contrasting numbers; and variable sizes for each denomination of banknote.


Did you know?

  • The tactile feature on the $5 banknote is a raised bump on each of the long edges of the banknote. The other denominations will have different numbers of bumps.

Check out the RBA website for more details and ‘did you knows’ in the Tactile feature and more.


Here are some instructions on what to do if you find a suspicious banknote.

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