In 2015, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) said there was about $16 billion dollars in lost super. Some of this lost super belongs to people who have lived and worked in Australia but have since moved overseas.
Can you take your super overseas?
If you are on a temporary Australian visa, you can access and withdraw the super you’ve earned in Australia, taking it with you when you move overseas.
If you are an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident, you can’t take your super with you overseas. Generally, the earliest you can access your super is when you retire, or are taking steps towards retirement.
How to withdraw your super when leaving Australia
You can withdraw your super if you meet these three conditions:
- You visited Australia on a temporary visa (excluding visa subclasses 405 and 410)
- Your visa is no longer valid, AND
- You have left Australia
To withdraw your super, you will need to apply for a Departing Australia Superannuation Payment (DASP) which can be done online or via a paper form.
You can start preparing your application before you leave Australia.
What you’ll need
To complete your application, you will need to confirm:
- Your personal details (name, date of birth)
- Your email address
- Passport country and number
- Your Australian Tax File Number
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will also help you during the withdrawal process.
The ATO will:
- Confirm your immigration status, free of charge
- Locate all your super accounts – this is helpful if you think you may have several super fund accounts from different jobs
- Give your application to your super fund(s) to make sure your money is processed quickly
Take control of your super now by logging on to NetBank.