The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has announced the release date for the next generation of the $10 banknote, which will include tactile features to support people from the blind and low vision community.
RBA Governor Philip Lowe has announced the new $10 note will be released into general circulation on 20 September 2017.
“The new notes contain the same world-leading security features as the new $5 note, including a clear top-to-bottom window, and a tactile feature so that it can be recognised by vision-impaired members of the community,” Mr Lowe said.
The new $10 note will feature two small raised dots along one edge to assist people from the blind and low vision community to identify it.
The launch of the new $10 note follows a new version of the $5 note which was released in late 2016 which included one small raised dot.
The new $10 banknote continues to feature two of Australia's most prominent writers, Dame Mary Gilmore and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson.
In preparing the new banknotes for release, the RBA has been working with cash handlers, businesses and machine manufacturers to ensure that the new banknotes can be used in a broad range of day-to-day transactions across the country, including in machines that take or dispense banknotes.
The existing series of banknotes can continue to be used, as all previously issued banknotes remain legal tender.
Further information on the new banknote, including videos explaining the new features, can be found at www.banknotes.rba.gov.au.