Find unclaimed money
Do a search
You can search for the unclaimed money held by ASIC using
MoneySmart's unclaimed money search tool.
Search ASIC's MoneySmart
Search MoneySmart's Unclaimed Money for
lost money from:
- companies (shares & investments)
- life insurance policies.
Search on other government websites
You can also search other websites for other types of unclaimed
Search State government
websites for deceased estates, lost share dividends, salaries
and wages, cheques, over-payments, proceeds of sale and more.
How to lodge a claim
It takes ASIC 28 days to process your claim.
If you used ASIC's
Unclaimed Money Search and found some money, you should
lodge a claim. Use the links below that best describe the type of
money you are trying to claim.
Australia's unclaimed money
Our unclaimed money infographic
explains how people lose track of their money and how much is out
there to be claimed in each state and capital city in 2016.
How long before bank
accounts become unclaimed?
Bank accounts become unclaimed after 7 years. This changed from
3 years on 31 December 2015.
To find out more see changes to unclaimed money laws on the
Interest paid on unclaimed
Interest is paid on unclaimed money, calculated from 1 July
2013. Find out more about how interest is paid.
Been asked to pay for a search?
If you have been asked to pay for an unclaimed money search or
received a letter from a private money search company asking you to
pay them to find your money, remember, you can use ASIC's
Unclaimed Money Search for free, right here on our
website. ASIC does not ask people to pay for searches.
Stop your money from becoming
To stop your money from becoming unclaimed:
- For bank accounts - Make a small deposit (even
5 cents will do) or a small withdrawal once every 7
- Keep in contact - Keep in touch with the
company or financial institution and tell them your new
address when you move
Where does unclaimed money
Money lodged with ASIC is transferred to the Commonwealth of
Australia Consolidated Revenue Fund but is available to be claimed
at any time by the rightful owner. There are no time-limits on
claiming this money.
Last updated: 20 Oct 2016