Unclaimed money search

Search for your lost money

There is around $1 billion in lost shares, bank accounts and life insurance.


About the unclaimed money search

Data: Data shown on this search is the result of lodgements from various banks, building societies, credit union, life companies, friendly societies and registered Australian companies. ASIC does not guarantee the quality or consistency of the input data as this information was supplied by the various institutions. 

The Original Transaction Number (OTN): Each unclaimed money record within this database is given a unique OTN. Once you find a relevant record (by searching your name) - record the OTN as you will need it when making a claim. The OTN will also help you relocate that record in future and will assist ASIC if we need to discuss your claim. 

Life policies: Records relating to life insurance policies vary slightly to that of banks and companies as there can be an owner and a life insured name. When you undertake a name search, both of these names are searched. For example, if you search for 'Robert Smith', any life policy which has Robert Smith as either the owner of the policy or the life insured, will be displayed.

Legal or professional advice: This service is provided solely for general information purposes. By providing this service ASIC does not provide legal or other professional advice. ASIC expressly disclaims any liability arising from use of the unclaimed money service. If you require legal or other expert advice or assistance, you should seek the services of a competent professional person.

Created by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Copyright © 2012 Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

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Search tips

As mentioned above, consider the following points when conducting a search:

  • Try your surname only; surname & first name (in any order); surname & initial (in any order)
  • Try searching for both 'O'Sullivan' & 'Osullivan'; 'McDonald' & 'Mc Donald', 'Van Der Drift' & 'Vanderdrift'
  • Searching the name 'Robert Smith' will return 'Robert James Smith'; 'Robert and Mary Smith'; 'Smith Robert'

Video: Tips for searching for your unclaimed money

Video on tips for searching unclaimed money

Katie from the MoneySmart team gives tips on searching for unclaimed money, including checking variations of your name.

Last updated: 12 Mar 2014

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