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Banknotes for the visually impaired

Categories : Cash is available to all users, Cash is universal
September 26, 2016
Published in : Banknote/Note, Trust, Universality, Usage
Cash: a truly universal method of payment.
Communication Team

The Reserve Bank of Australia issued its new $5 polymer note on September 1, 2016. This is the first of the new series of Australian dollars.

What is particularly worth noting is Australia’s engagement to make banknotes a payment tool accessible to all segments of the population, including the blind and the visually-impaired. Across the globe, the visually-impaired often struggle to differentiate denominations between each other. As a response, many governments have proceeded to implement a number of elements, such as different banknote sizes, different colors and tactile elements. Today, a growing number countries have implemented elements for the blind and visually-impaired in one form or another, making cash a truly universal method of payment.  

To read RBA’s press release, please click here.

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