Unclaimed money held by the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) is deposited by businesses, government agencies, local councils and many other similar sources, where the head office of the entity is registered in South Australia or does business in South Australia.
Types of unclaimed money held
Unclaimed money collected by DTF includes:
- dividends (not company shares)
- unpresented, void or stale cheques
- deceased estates
- wages and salaries. Read more…
Money is deposited with DTF when companies are not able to locate and return funds to the rightful owner for nine years or more after advertising in the SA Government Gazette for the past two years. Unclaimed money held by individuals or trust accounts can be deposited after 12 months.
Unclaimed money not held
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission is responsible for unclaimed money held by banks, building societies, credit unions, friendly societies, insurance policies and company shares. Read more…
Enquiries about bank accounts can be directed to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission phone 1300 300 630.
The Australian Taxation Office is responsible for holding unclaimed superannuation. Read more…
Information about lost benefits can be found on the Lost Members Register managed by the Australian Taxation Office on 13 1020.
Other states and territories
The Department of Treasury and Finance only administers unclaimed money from companies whose head office is registered in South Australia, or do business in South Australia. Read more…
Contact other state treasuries for a potential claim:
- Victoria (State Revenue Office) 132161
- NSW (Office of State Revenue) 1300 366 016
- Western Australia (Department of Treasury and Finance) (08) 6551 2600
- Queensland (Public Trustee of QLD) (07) 3213 9368
- Northern Territory (Department of Treasury) 1300 305 353
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