If notes appear as the pictured $50.00, contact police on the 131444 number. Police will attend and if possible collect CCTV of the offender(s) and the note if left.

Look – Genuine banknotes contain:

  • The clear window and the area around the window is usually smooth.
  • The window contains printed images or patterns. (Not with foreign writing in blue)
  • Banknotes have fine line patterns on each side and are multi-coloured.
  • If you hold the note to the light you can see the Australian Coat of Arms.
  • Pictures of people important to Australia, wildlife, plants or symbols of Australia.

Feel – Genuine banknotes are:

  • Printed on polymer (plastic) and have a distinctive feel.
  • Have slightly raised printing (dark ink) called intaglio that is used for the main design such as the portraits.

Tear – Genuine banknotes are:

  • Difficult to tear.
  • The majority of counterfeit notes are printed on paper and can be easily torn.

What to do if you suspect that you have received a fake note:

  • Advise the person that you believe the note may not be genuine and that the police will be notified.
  • Notify the police immediately on 131 444.
  • Handle the banknote as little as possible, place it in an envelope or other protective covering (avoid using plastic as the banknote may sweat in warm conditions).
  • Note the person’s description and details if they leave the premises prior to police arrival.


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