Issue: $5 x 3, $10 x 2, $20 x 2, $50 x 1 and $100 x 1.
Following a $10 commemorative for the bicentenary in 1988, between 1992 and 1996 Australia completed its conversion to polymer banknotes. A re-coloured $5 was introduced in 1995 and a second commemorative was issued in 2001.
Each denomination is a totally new design. The New Note Series as our current notes were called at the time of their introduction, has the consistent theme of the development of Australia as a nation with an emphasis on cultural and social aspects. Gender equality is maintained with men and women featuring equally on the fronts and backs of the notes and equally across denominations.
In March, 2002 a slightly modified $20 was introduced. In the next 12 months or so, a modified $5, 10, 50 and 100 will be introduced. The changes are slight and for all intents and purposes there is no difference from the note it replaces. Nevertheless, they are sufficient for these notes to warrant new catalogue classifications.
Polymer technology is dynamic. Enhancements are still being developed by the Reserve Bank of Australia and its related companies. It will be interesting to see if new security features are incorporated in this modified series.
|Signature Chart: The following signatures have been used on polymer notes to date:|
|Robert Johnstone||Bernie Fraser|
|Bernie Fraser||Anthony Cole|
|Bernie Fraser||Edward Evans|
|Ian Macfarlane||Edward Evans|
|Ian Macfarlane||Ken Henry|