If you’ve worked and accumulated super while visiting Australia on a temporary visa, you can apply to have your super paid to you as a departing Australia superannuation payment (DASP) after you leave.
Your superannuation may also have been transferred to us if your fund hasn’t been able to contact you for longer than six months. Check the information on eligibility for claiming a DASP from the ATO here.
Your DASP is subject to a final withholding tax,which will be withheld by the super fund or the ATO when your payment is made. These amounts are not refundable and shouldn’t be included on your income tax return.
There are a few steps involved in completing the application, so we’ve developed this guide to make it easier. To lodge your DASP, you’ll need:
access to an internet connection
your passport details
your superannuation account details – including your fund’s Australian Business Number (ABN) and your membership number
If you enter your tax file number (TFN) in your application, we can search for any unclaimed super you may have in Australia. Our system uses your TFN to search for your super accounts and then pre-populates your fund account information into the application so all you have to do is check and submit. If you choose not to enter your TFN, you’ll need to manually create an application for each super account and enter all your account details for each application.
Once you’ve had a chance to read through the information, click ‘Next’ to move on to the next page.
The second page contains important information about your right to privacy and how we use information you include in your application.
You’ll need to declare that you have read and understood this information to go onto the third page, where you’ll need to complete the declaration that you are lodging the DASP application for yourself.
From here, you’ll be directed to a page requesting information about your passport details, contact details and your tax file number. You can choose to not include your TFN, but without your TFN our system can’t search for any unclaimed super you might have. You must include:
Your name as it appears on your passport and visa
Your date of birth
The country that issued your passport and
The number of the passport you used to enter Australia.
When you select ‘Next’, you’ll be sent to the verification page. Click ‘Next’ on this page – we’ll check your information with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to make sure you are eligible to claim a DASP. It may take a couple of minutes to finish this search, so please don’t refresh or close the page until the search is complete.
Once DIBP have confirmed that you’re eligible to claim a DASP, they'll display your visa details on the screen.
You’ll then be asked to provide an answer to a ‘shared secret question’. You’ll need to answer this question each time you open your application, so make sure to write the answer down and keep it in a safe place. If you forget the answer to your question, you’ll need to email us to reset it.
That’s the end of the ‘Getting started’ section! Click here for information on how to complete the claim section of your DASP.