Australian dollar
Official bank or department

Reserve Bank of Australia

Contact information

The Head of Note Issue Reserve Bank of Australia
PO Box 3947
Sydney 2001

65 Martin Place
Sydney 2000

Tel: 1800 633 220 (8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday)
Fax: +61 29 551 8044
E-mail: banknotes@rba.gov.au
Website: banknotes.rba.gov.au

General information about the reproduction of banknotes

It is an offence under Australian law to make a reproduction of a banknote that is capable of misleading a person to believe it is a genuine currency banknote unless consent has been given by either the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) or the Commonwealth Treasury. Consent is not required for a reproduction that is not capable of misleading.

The legislation places an obligation on those wanting to make a reproduction to ensure that it is not capable of misleading. Reproductions that mislead, or are considered capable of misleading, could result in severe penalties. The RBA will not give a view on whether a particular reproduction is likely or unlikely to mislead.

Reproduction in printed media

Those thinking of making a reproduction should consider the risks that can arise from items created during the process by which the reproduction is achieved.

Those making reproductions should ensure that items such as photocopies, photographic negatives and positives, and scanned images stored on optical disks, graphics files or other equipment are stored securely and not misused.

These items could be used to make further representations not connected with the intended reproduction.

The RBA strongly recommends that all such items be destroyed after final use, although this is not a legal obligation.

The RBA holds copyright in the design of Australia’s currency notes. The RBA generally does not object to the use of note images in promotional or educational material, provided the material is not capable of misleading.

Reproduction in electronic media

Same as for printed media