Suspect Banknotes

It is an offence to knowingly possess counterfeit banknotes. Suspect banknotes should be given to State or Federal police. It is important to note that counterfeits have no value – you will not be reimbursed. If they prove to be genuine banknotes, you will receive full value for them.

If you come across a banknote that you suspect is counterfeit, take the following steps:

Step 1: Store safely

Handle the suspect banknote as little as possible and store it in an envelope.

Step 2: Note details

Note any relevant information, such as how it came into your possession.

Step 3: Report to police

Report the matter immediately to State or Federal police.

You are well within your rights to refuse to accept a banknote if you have concerns about it.

Under no circumstances should you take actions that may jeopardise your safety or that of others.

For more information

Reserve Bank of Australia
Call: 02 9551 8111
8.30 am – 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday

Quick Reference Counterfeit Detection Guide – both polymer series 1MB

To contact your nearest state or federal police visit the Australian Federal Police website.

Additional information about handling suspect banknotes can be found on the Australian Federal Police website.