Next Generation Banknote Program
The new $100 banknote
This image shows the signature side of the new $100 banknote.
This image shows the serial number side of the new $100 banknote.
About the Designs
The $100 banknote was released into general circulation on 29 October 2020. It celebrates
Sir John Monash, an engineer, soldier and civic leader and Dame Nellie Melba, an internationally
renowned soprano. Monash was a significant figure in the building-construction industry. He is
also widely recognised for his service as a commander in the First World War. Monash was
instrumental in building the Shrine of Remembrance – which features on the banknote – in his
hometown of Melbourne. Melba performed in Australia, Europe and the United States of
America in the late 19th and early 20th century. In addition to performing, Melba made important
contributions to the arts through teaching at the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, now
the Melba Opera Trust, in her home town of Melbourne.
Innovative new security features have been incorporated in the new $100 banknote to help keep it
secure from counterfeiting. These security features are similar to those in the $5, $10, $20 and
$50 banknotes issued progressively since 2016, such as the top-to-bottom clear window that
contains a number of dynamic features including a reversing number and flying bird. There is
also a patch with a rolling colour effect and microprint featuring excerpts of a letter
written by Monash and Melba’s autobiography Melodies and Memories.
Each banknote in the new series also features a different species of native Australia wattle and
bird. The $100 banknote features the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) and the Australian Masked
Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae).
As previously announced, key aspects of the existing design – colour, size and people portrayed
– have been retained for ease of recognition and to minimise the disruption to businesses. The
new banknote series also has a ‘tactile’ feature to help the vision-impaired community
distinguish between different denominations of banknotes.
All banknotes issued by the Reserve Bank remain legal tender and can continue to be used.
Upgrading Australia’s Banknotes
A core function of the Reserve Bank is to maintain public confidence in Australia’s
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
new $10 banknote was issued into general circulation from 20 September 2017
followed by the new $50 banknote on 18 October 2018. The
new $20 was issued into circulation on 9 October 2019 and the new $100 was issued on 29 October 2020.
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.
For more information
30 September 2020
Next Generation of Banknotes: Circulation Date for the New $100 Banknote
24 February 2020
Next Generation of Banknotes: $100 Design Reveal
8 October 2019
Next Generation of Banknotes: $20 Enters General Circulation
9 August 2019
Next Generation of Banknotes: Circulation Date for the New $20 Banknote
22 February 2019
Next Generation $20 Banknote Design Reveal
17 October 2018
Next Generation of Banknotes: $50 Enters General Circulation
5 September 2018
Next Generation of Banknotes: Circulation Date for the New $50 Banknote
15 February 2018
Next Generation of Banknotes: $50 Design Reveal
19 September 2017
Next Generation of Banknotes: $10 Enters General Circulation
15 September 2016
Bulletin article – New Banknotes: From Concept to Circulation
17 September 2015
Bulletin article – Banknote Stakeholder Engagement
Alternative download as PDF (201KB)
19 March 2015
Bulletin article – Australian Banknotes: Assisting People with Vision
Alternative download as PDF (1.6MB)
13 February 2015
Media Release – Next Generation Banknotes: Additional Feature for the
20 March 2014
Bulletin article – The Next Generation Banknote Project
Alternative download as PDF (3.3MB)
27 September 2012
Media Release – Upgrading Australia’s Banknotes
Next generation of Australian banknotes: New $5 (60 second video)
This video provides an introduction to the new $5 banknote and its security features. More information is available at http://banknotes.rba.gov.au