Find unclaimed money

Find your lost money

Do a search

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

ASIC's MoneySmart

Search MoneySmart's Unclaimed Money for lost bank accounts, shares and life insurance policies.

Search on other government websites

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

Australian Taxation Office

Search the ATO's Superseeker for lost superannuation and ATO-held super.

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

If you used ASIC's Unclaimed Money Search and found some money that you think is yours, you should lodge a claim. Use the links below that best describe the type of money you are trying to claim.

How long will your claim take?

It takes ASIC 28 days to process your claim so please be patient when you make a claim.

Changes to unclaimed money

Laws about unclaimed money changed in December 2012.

  • Some money may now become unclaimed after 3 years instead of 7 years *
  • After 1 July 2013 claimants will get paid interest (calculated from 1 July 2013)

To find out more see changes to unclaimed money laws on the ASIC website.

Received a letter from ASIC?

ASIC's Unclaimed Monies Unit regularly sends letters to people and companies whose names match our records. If you receive a letter from us you can check your entitlement by using ASIC's Unclaimed Money Search tool.

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 any searches.

Stop your money from becoming unclaimed

To stop your money from becoming unclaimed:

  • Make a small deposit (even 5 cents will do) or a small withdrawal from your bank account once every 2 to 3 years 
  • Keep in contact with your financial institution and tell them your new address when you move

Where does unclaimed money go?

Money from unclaimed shares, bank accounts and insurance policies is paid by institutions to ASIC but ASIC does not keep the funds. The money 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: 24 Feb 2014

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