FEATURES OF THE NEW $50 BANKNOTE:
- The faces depicted remain the same: Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon on one side and the first female member of an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan, on the other.
- New security features to combat counterfeiting include a top-to-bottom clear window with dynamic features such as a reversing number.
- A patch with a rolling-colour effect and microprint featuring excerpts from Unaipon's book and Cowan's maiden parliamentary speech.
- Tactile feature of four raised dots to help the vision-impaired distinguish banknote denominations.
- A species of native Australian wattle (Acacia humifusa).
- A native bird species, the black swan (Cygnus atratus), which is the bird of Cowan's home state of WA.
- Story-telling elements in the design include a shield, gumnut brooch and the King Edward Memorial Hospital that Cowan helped establish.
- The $50 note will be issued into circulation in October and follows the release of new $5 and $10 notes in 2016 and 2017 respectively.