• Super accounts data overview

    Super accounts held by each Australian

    At 30 June 2016, over 14.8 million Australians had a super fund account. Approximately 43% of these people have more than one super account.

    Note: Figures are based on member data reported by funds and lodged with us by 30 June 2016.

    Number of super accounts

    Number of accounts

    Percentage of people

    Male 

    Female

    1 account

    57%

    51%

    49%

    2 accounts

    25%

    52%

    48%

    3 accounts

    10%

    54%

    46%

    4 accounts

    4%

    56%

    44%

    5 accounts

    2%

    59%

    41%

    6 – 23 accounts

    2%

    64%

    36%

    Number of super accounts by age

    Age

    1 account

    2 accounts

    3 or more accounts

    Under age18

    96.65%

    3.19%

    0.15%

    18 to 25

    67.62%

    23.43%

    8.95%

    26 to 30

    55.76%

    26.71%

    17.53%

    31 to 35

    52.82%

    25.81%

    21.36%

    36 to 40

    49.99%

    25.88%

    24.13%

    41 to 45

    49.12%

    26.48%

    24.40%

    46 to 50

    49.81%

    27.52%

    22.67%

    51 to 55

    52.51%

    27.83%

    19.67%

    56 to 60

    56.31%

    27.53%

    16.16%

    61 to 65

    62.54%

    25.43%

    12.03%

    66 or more

    79.32%

    16.13%

    4.55%

    Number of super accounts by region

    State

    1 account

    2 accounts

    3 or more accounts

    ACT

    51.97%

    28.18%

    19.85%

    NSW

    56.98%

    25.49%

    17.53%

    NT

    48.71%

    27.31%

    23.98%

    QLD

    52.16%

    26.21%

    21.63%

    SA

    57.63%

    26.31%

    16.06%

    TAS

    57.82%

    26.15%

    16.04%

    VIC

    59.23%

    25.19%

    15.59%

    WA

    53.00%

    26.50%

    20.50%

    Lost and ATO-held super

    At 30 June 2016, there were a total of over 5.7 million lost and ATO-held accounts with a total value of just over $14 billion.

    Lost uncontactable and lost inactive accounts are still held by super funds, whereas unclaimed super money and superannuation holding accounts (SHA) special account is held by us.

    Totals may not equal the sum of their parts due to rounding.

    To find out if any of these accounts belong to you, create a myGovExternal Link account and link to the ATO.

    See also:

    * The decrease in both account and value in the lost uncontactable and lost inactive category is due to 're-fresh' of the lost member register.

    Account numbers (000s)

    Category

    2013–14

    2014–15

    2015–16

    Fund held

    *Lost uncontactable

    828

    665

    267

    *Lost inactive

    886

    727

    325

    ATO-held

    Unclaimed (general, small & insoluble)

    3,502

    3,796

    4,085

    Unclaimed (temporary resident)

    793

    776

    781

    Superannuation holding accounts (SHA) active

    161

    168

    194

    Superannuation holding accounts (SHA) inactive (consolidated revenue)

    58

    62

    64

    Total

    6,228

    6,194

    5,716

    Account values ($m)

    Category

    2013–14

    2014–15

    2015–16

    Fund held

    *Lost uncontactable

    $6,289

    $5,839

    $4,723

    *Lost inactive

    $8,092

    $7,744

    $6,927

    ATO-held

    Unclaimed (general, small & insoluble)

    $1,742

    $2,008

    $2,472

    Unclaimed (temporary resident)

    $575

    $571

    $585

    Superannuation holding accounts (SHA) active

    $72

    $69

    $91

    Superannuation holding accounts (SHA) inactive (consolidated revenue)

    $11

    $13

    $13

    Total

    $16,781

    $16,244

    $14,811

    Lost and inactive accounts by age 2015–16

    Age

    Account numbers

    Account values ($m)

    Unknown

    1,273

    $10

    18 or younger

    28

    $0.30

    19 to 24

    2,900

    $23

    25 to 30

    36,431

    $364

    31 to 35

    80,907

    $1,064

    36 to 40

    103,168

    $1,725

    41 to 45

    113,531

    $2,298

    46 to 50

    93,711

    $2,162

    51 to 55

    75,164

    $1,849

    56 to 60

    50,603

    $1,270

    61 to 65

    27,112

    $680

    66 or more

    6,794

    $205

    Total

    591,622

    $11,650

      Last modified: 15 Aug 2016QC 37783