Posted: 5 October, 2016 by Newsroom

There’s A Major Problem With Australia’s New $5 Note

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Tags: australia, money

Australia just got a fancy new $5 note, but there’s a major design issue creating problems across the country.


The transparent anti-counterfeiting strip is causing the note to be rejected by automated shop readers and vending machines when customers attempt to pay. 

“The note reader starts to read the note and sees the clear strip, it identifies that as the end of the note and of course it can’t recognise it, so it spits it back out,” Nick Aronis, president of the National Vending Association, told The Daily Telegraph

Several Aussie stores with self-service check-outs and vending machines are recalibrating their machines. 

“This clearly seems to be a failure of planning and there is no reason why they shouldn’t be accepting the new $5 note,” Erin Turner from Choice said.

“They need to get their act together and fix it as quickly as possible.”

Tags: australia, money

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