Find lost and unclaimed superannuation
To find any lost or unclaimed super, both AUSfund and the ATO have superannuation search tools. Generally all you need is your Tax File Number (TFN) and, if you want to transfer your unclaimed super to your preferred super fund, your super fund membership number as well.
What is lost and unclaimed super?
If you’ve ever changed jobs, or held a second job that paid superannuation, then it’s possible you have some lost or unclaimed super that you don’t even know about. In fact, billions of dollars in unclaimed and lost super are currently being held by super funds and the Australian Tax Office (ATO).
Often, super is held by the fund into which it was paid, and can remain idle – especially if the super fund is unable to contact you. This is commonly known as lost super.
In the past, super funds holding small, inactive accounts have usually transferred the super money to AUSfund (Australia’s unclaimed super fund) where it is held until claimed.
From 31 October, any small and inactive accounts – those with less than $6,000 and haven’t received a contribution in 16 months – will be transferred to the ATO, who will then attempt to match the funds with a member’s active account (one that has been receiving contributions). If no active account can be found, this money will remain with the ATO until claimed by an individual. This is known as unclaimed super.
It’s still your super though, and you’re able to claim it and transfer it to your preferred super fund.