Tactile feature

Five dollar note

Feel for a raised bump on each of the long edges of the banknote.

About the feature

The next generation of banknotes include 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.

Animated image of the tactile feature of the new five-dollar note.

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.
  • The tactile feature is not Braille.
  • The tactile feature is not a security feature and should not be used to check the authenticity of a banknote.

For more information

15 February 2018
Next Generation of Banknotes: $50 Design Reveal

19 September 2017
Next Generation of Banknotes: $10 Enters General Circulation

15 September 2016
Bulletin article – New Banknotes: From Concept to Circulation
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