$10 New Generation Polymer Banknotes

The $10 New Generation Polymer Banknotes are printed on polymer, a type of plastic. They also retain key aspects of the previous Note series—the people portrayed, colour palette, the Note size and denomination—but incorporate entirely new security features and designs.
‘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.’
The new $10 banknote continues to feature two of Australia’s most prominent writers, Dame Mary Gilmore and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson.

Andrew Barton (Banjo) Patterson
Banjo Patterson was was born on the 17th of February 1864 at Narrambla near Orange, New South Wales. In 1885, Paterson began submitting and having his poetry published in the Sydney edition of The Bulletin under the pseudonym of “The Banjo”, the name of a favourite horse. Paterson’s more notable poems include “Waltzing Matilda”, “The Man from Snowy River” and “Clancy of the Overflow”.

Dame Mary Gilmore
Dame Mary Gilmore was born on the 16th of August 1865 at Mary Vale, Woodhouselee, near Goulburn, New South Wales. Mary’s passionate desire for social reform gained political momentum in the radical and nationalist ferment of the 1890’s. Sensitive to the conventions of the day, Mary guarded her teaching career during this time by writing under noms de plume, including Em Jaycey, Sister Jaycey and Rudione Calvert. A highly popular and nationally known writer, in 1937 she became the first person to be appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire for contributions to literature.She died on the 3rd of December 1962 (Eureka Day) and, after a state funeral at St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, Macquarie Street, was cremated, her ashes being buried in her husband’s grave in the Cloncurry cemetery.

Check out The $10 New Generation Polymer Banknotes security features here at the Reserve Bank of Australia website.


A core function of the Reserve Bank is to maintain public confidence in Australia’s banknotes. Australia has one of the safest and most secure currencies in the world and has experienced relatively low levels of counterfeiting for many years. To ensure that this continues to be the case, the Reserve Bank researches anti-counterfeit technologies and developments in banknote design.The results of this work have culminated in a project to upgrade the security of Australia’s banknotes.

The first denomination in the new series, the $5 banknote, was issued on 1 September 2016. The $10 banknote is expected to be issued in late 2017, followed by the $50 then the remaining denominations in subsequent years.

Considerable work has already been undertaken on this project, including the development and review of banknote designs and production trials of new security features. It is important that the new features are durable, effectively incorporated into the banknote designs and rigorously tested. One aspect of this process is that the Reserve Bank has consulted extensively with key users of banknotes, including banknote equipment manufacturers, retail organisations, financial institutions and the vision-impaired community. Advice has also been sought through a number of channels during the development process, including a Design Advisory Panel, subject-matter experts and focus groups comprising members of the public. These ongoing consultations provide an opportunity to ensure that the new banknotes meet the needs of the community.

UPGRADING AUSTRALIA’S BANKNOTES Information from  Reserve Bank of Australia
updated; 29/11/2018