Say G’Day To Australia’s New $10 Bank Note

Say G’Day To Australia’s New $10 Bank Note

Last year, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) released a redesigned $5 banknote with new security features to prevent counterfitting and a controversial “tactile strip” depicting a bird and wattle plant. Now, it’s the $10 note’s turn.

From September 1 2017, the above bank note will begin to enter circulation in small numbers. The note still depicts portraits of Dame Mary Gilmore and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson — however, the design has been updated with a colourful new “tactile strip” to aid the vision-impaired. There are also images of a pen nib in two of the clear windows and excerpts of their poetry in microprint.

The tactile strip features the bramble wattle (Acacia victoriae) and sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) in place of the $5 note’s Moses wattle and eastern spinebill bird. Here’s a look at the both sides of the new banknote:

With the exception of the tactile strip and security features, the new note is much the same as the old one, with a largely unchanged colour scheme, materials and dimensions. According to the RBA, it will take some time for the new bank notes to be widely circulated. Naturally, you’ll still be able to use old $10 bank notes for many years to come.

In 2016, the $5 note’s redesign was met with almost universal derision and sparked a raft of online memes. It will be interesting to see how the new $10 note will be received. We’re willing to bet that hardly anyone will care this time around. To quote Calvin & Hobbes, this goes to prove something, although we’re not entirely sure what.

What do you think of the new $10 banknote design? Let us know in the comments.


  • I think the new designs are gorgeous, and I highly recommend having a closeup look at one under a blacklight. The details are just fascinating, and I love the tactile strip and the little raised dots for the vision impaired. Simply having the brightly coloured notes was a great start, this is even better.

    I think most of the complaints have been with regard to the fact that the new notes were released but could not be used in many automatic cash machines, like vending machines and the self-serve checkouts (and pokies…)

    Hopefully they’ll have a smoother transition this time.

    • Agree. The new notes are amazing things to look at.

      As far as acceptance in machines, it’s on the owner to get that right and everyone had plenty of notice. Additionally, there’ll be a new note every year so they have even less of an excuse as time goes on.

      My guess is the pokies will take them once we hit 20’s and 50’s in 2018 and 2019.

  • They look better in the real world. When displayed on a page they look like mid-century tea towels.

    • Dollaroos! Back in primary school our second grade teacher had an in-class currency and that’s what it was called. If you earned enough of them (from good behaviour, finishing your work early/doing extra work), you could buy things (mainly toys) from a weekly auction held in-class. Good times.

  • I’m not a fan of the design down the middle of the clear strip. It looks like a weird lamp, with the farmhouse as a gold base.

  • I love the new 5, and the 10 looks awesome too.

    Knowing that these note are not vagan, one does need to now ask… Are they Halal certified!

  • My thoughts on the $10 note will probably be the same as the fiver. Upon seeing the mock-up online, they both look awful. But the $5 in real life is beautiful IMO and I’m hoping the $10 ends up being the same.

    • Have you ever tried looked at the $5 with a UV light? There’s hidden birds and things and it’s just gorgeous!

  • The vast majority don’t care what it looks like as long as they can make purchases with it. I so rarely have notes anymore, the look of my credit/debit card is what catches my eye these days and god their ugly and the way things are going we wont even need those soon, just your phone or smartwatch and even those will probably only be a passing fad as biometrics ultimately take over…..Minority Report anyone.

  • who ever designed this note needs to get out more.Australia doesn’t have any purple parrots that resemble the one on the note.More research should have been done to at least look like a native bird.These notes will be going all over the world and a lost opportunity lost.It looks like some cheap painting from Bali or Thailand.Shame

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