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Our NEW Five Dollar Note Is Here, And The Reviews Are Mixed

It seems the folk at the Reserve Bank have been busy bees working hard on a new design for our $5 note - and practically all of Australia have weighed in on what they think of the newbies.

The new note will come into circulation in September and keep the same colour and size - but the design has changed.

When the series is complete, each New Australian banknote will depict a different species of Australian wattle and a native bird, RBA Governor Glenn Stevens announced today.

“On the $5 banknote, these are the prickly Moses wattle and Eastern Spinebill,” he said in a statement.

The wattle and little bird are positioned next to a slightly stern-looking Queen.

According to a report on, the design took into account the opinions of focus groups and “subject-matter experts and the cash-handling industry.

BUT - many are not so happy with the design, with one social media user threatening never to use the notes again!

The new notes will also feature a new “tactile” feature to help the vision-impaired community distinguish between denominations.

Obviously that fact has been the subject of more hilarity…

The release of the $5 notes will be followed by updated designs for each of the higher denominations. The introduction of the new notes marks the 50th anniversary year of Australia’s conversion to the decimal currency system.


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