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Reimagine the $5 note

Unfolding Stories

Do you have a story to tell?

We want to hear it

Register now for one of our upcoming online information sessions.

As times change,
so do our banknotes.

The $5 note is due to be redesigned and we want to use this as an opportunity to represent what makes this country so special.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and history.


Sketch representations of kookaburra, Uluru and a wattle

We won’t be putting a portrait on the $5 note this time.

We want to try something new.

We want to look at what’s shaped us and what’s helped us grow.

This could be a story passed down for generations, a location, an idea, an instrument or an object that binds a community.

Your ideas to celebrate and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures will be used on the new $5 note.

$5 banknote

We are looking for a theme that:

  • Celebrates First Nations cultures and history
  • Depicts First Nations cultures in an authentic and respectful way
  • Recognises the diversity of First Nations cultures across different regions of Australia
  • Respects First Nations cultural sensitivities about information or images that are sacred or secret (and therefore not appropriate for inclusion on a circulating banknote).

Key themes will be tested with relevant communities or experts to determine the likelihood of obtaining cultural permissions in a reasonable timeframe before the final theme/s is selected by an Imagery Selection Panel.


Got 5 for the $5?

If you have an idea or a story to tell, we want to hear it! We're collecting submissions for a theme for the new $5 note design.

Simply head to our submissions form and answer a couple of quick questions. Yep, it's as easy as that.

What should I submit?

We want to try something new. We want to think outside the box, to capture and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in a creative way.

In your submission, you might suggest one word that describes your chosen theme. Then, you can provide a little more information about why it's important to you and your community.

Submit now!

Will your theme be picked to go on the new $5 note? We'll announce the chosen theme later in the year.

We'll be collecting ideas between 1 March and 30 April 2024, so get in quick!

No idea is too big or too small.

So, tell us what’s important to you and you might see it in your back pocket in the not-too-distant future!