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Accessible $20 note set to hit Australian wallets

For the average person, paying for your lunch with a $20 note might not seem like a big deal. But for a person with vision loss, it can be a stressful and time-consuming ordeal.

To identify a banknote, a person who is blind or has low vision has to use an instrument that measures the length of notes, or a mobile app that scans and identifies the note.

But those days might be over.

On Tuesday, Vision Australia and the Reserve Bank of Australia unveiled a $20 note which features three raised bumps on each of the long edges of the banknote, allowing people who are blind or have low vision to easily identify the note.

Other features to assist people who are blind to include millimetre-specific sizing compared to other denominations and holographic panels designed to catch the light as the note is folded.

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