Find unclaimed money

Find unclaimed money

Do a search

You can search for the unclaimed money held by ASIC using MoneySmart's unclaimed money search tool.

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Search MoneySmart's Unclaimed Money for lost money from:

  • banks
  • companies (shares & investments) 
  • life insurance policies.

Search on other government websites

You can also search other websites for other types of unclaimed money.

Australian Taxation Office

Search for lost superannuation by registering for the Australian Taxation Office's online services via myGov

State government

Search State government websites for deceased estates, lost share dividends, salaries and wages, cheques, over-payments, proceeds of sale and more.

Fair Work Ombudsman

Search the Fair Work Ombudsman website for unpaid wages.

How to lodge a claim

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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.

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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 ASIC website.

Interest paid on unclaimed money 

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 unclaimed

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 years 
  • 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 go?

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. 

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Last updated: 20 Oct 2016