Temporary residents leaving Australia

If you earned super while you were visiting Australia on a temporary visa, such as a 457 visa (but not a retirement visa), you may be able to claim your super once you leave Australia and your visa has expired or been cancelled.

This type of super withdrawal is called a 'departing Australia super payment' (DASP).

You can claim your super:

Your super fund will be asked to transfer your super to us if you haven't claimed it after a minimum period of six months since you left Australia and your visa ceased to be in effect. We will hold your unclaimed super for you until you claim it.

If you claim your super money, you may still return to Australia on another visa.

Who cannot claim a departing Australia super payment (DASP)?

If you are in one of the categories below, you have the right to retire in Australia, so you cannot claim a DASP:

  • Australian citizens
  • New Zealand citizens
  • Permanent Australian residents
  • Retirement visa holders
  • Investor retirement visa holders

If you are a New Zealand citizen leaving Australia permanently, you may be able to transfer your super to New Zealand.

When is DASP paid?

Your DASP will generally be paid within 28 days of receipt of your complete application; however, it may take longer if you submit an incomplete application or your super fund requires additional supporting documents.

Once your application has been processed, you should receive payment for the withdrawal benefit of your account. Your fund is also required to issue you a payment summary within 14 days of making the payment.

You will receive your super payment as a lump sum, subject to tax.

See also:

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Last modified: 08 May 2015QC 23236