The new five-dollar note will be in circulation from later this year
The new five-dollar note will be in circulation from later this year

WATERCOOLER: What do you think about the new $5 note?

THE Reserve Bank of Australia has unveiled its new $5 note featuring new security features to protect it from counterfeiting.

The new design - which features the prickly Moses wattle and the eastern spinebill bird - has received a mixed response on social media, with some commenters saying the wattle flowers looked more akin to bacteria cells.

Key aspects of the design have been retained, such as colour, size and the people portrayed on it, for ease of recognition and to minimise disruption to businesses.


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The note includes a new "tactile" feature to help the vision-impaired community tell the difference between different denominations.

"Innovative new security features have been incorporated to help keep Australia's banknotes secure from counterfeiting into the future," RBA Governor Glenn Stevens said.

"As can be seen in the images, these include a distinctive top-to-bottom window.

"Each banknote in the new series will depict a different species of Australian wattle and a native bird within a number of the elements."

What do you think about the new Australian $5 note

This poll ended on 12 May 2016.

Current Results

It's hard to believe it's uglier than our current $5 note


Looks great, I can't wait to pay for a pie and drink with this


I would be happier if we called them dollary-doos


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The new banknote will be issued on September 1 but it will take some time for them to be widely circulated.

Existing $5 notes will still be acceptable tender even after the new designs have been issued.