Other contacts for unclaimed moneys
You will need to contact the relevant state agency if you want to apply for unclaimed money for any of the following:
- deceased estates
- inactive bank accounts
- life insurance policies
- unclaimed superannuation
- lottery and gambling
Read below for more information.
|Australian Capital Territory||Public Trustee and Guardian|
|New South Wales||Revenue NSW|
|Queensland||The Public Trustee|
|South Australia||Department of Treasury and Finance|
|Tasmania||Department of Treasury and Finance|
|Victoria||State Revenue Office Victoria|
|Western Australia||Department of Treasury|
The executor is either a person name in the deceased's will or approved by a court.
If you have a question regarding deceased estates, contact the executor.
To find out the executor of an estate, contact the Public Trustee or Probate Office in the state the deceased passed away in.
In the Northern Territory you can contact the Public Trustee.
Inactive bank accounts
If a bank account has been inactive for seven years and has a balance over $500 it is transferred to the Commonwealth Government.
This includes accounts at building societies and credit unions.
Contact the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) for information on unclaimed moneys.
ASIC can help you find information on old deposit accounts with banks, credit unions and building societies, life insurance policies which have matured and shares or other money from companies.
For more information go to ASIC's MoneySmart website.
For accounts with balances less than $500, contact the bank directly.
Life insurance policies
You can only search for a life insurance policy once it has matured.
If the life insurance policy has been unclaimed for seven years after maturity, it is transferred to the Commonwealth Government.
Before contacting ASIC, you must contact the life insurance company or the financial adviser who arranged it on your behalf for information on the policy first.
- is eligible for a benefit from the fund
- has not applied to the fund’s trustee to have a benefit paid
- is unable to be paid because the member cannot be located.
Northern Territory Superannuation Office
The only superannuation office that currently transfers unclaimed benefits to DTF is the Northern Territory Superannuation Office.
The only unclaimed superannuation benefits held by the department are those which are owed to employees that have commenced working prior to 10 August 1999.
- Northern Territory Government and Public Authorities Superannuation Scheme (NTGPASS)
- Northern Territory Supplementary Superannuation Scheme (NTSSS).
Lottery and gambling
There are limits on how long you can take to claim winnings in some forms of gambling or betting in the Northern Territory.
Read about unclaimed gambling prize money.
Last updated: 21 March 2018