Similar security features are used on all denominations
Money for sale , With these key security features you can quickly and easily check your banknote is real. Refer to our List of Security Features for full details.
Common myths about banknotes
Banknotes without the printed name below the portrait are counterfeit.
A banknote without the name of the person below the portrait is not necessarily counterfeit. Printed names were added to Australian banknotes from 2002. This was done to help the public identify the people that our banknotes feature.
To determine the year a banknote was produced, look at the first two numerals of the serial number e.g. 22 means the banknote was printed in 2022, while 03 means the banknote was printed in 2003.
The Governor’s signature is always above the Secretary to the Treasury’s.
The order of the signatures on Australian banknotes was changed in 2002. Since then, the Governor’s signature has been printed above that of the Secretary to the Treasury.
Dealing with suspect banknotes
It is an offence to knowingly possess counterfeit banknotes. 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.
Note any relevant information, such as how it came into your possession.
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 avoids FAKES SITES
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