• New data reveals postcodes with most lost super

    With new data revealing $11.7 billion is sitting in lost super accounts, the ATO is encouraging all Australians to reconnect with their super using its online services.

    The ATO has today released its latest lost and unclaimed super data. Deputy Commissioner James O’Halloran said the postcode with the highest amount of lost super, totalling $49 million, is the 4740 postcode in Queensland, which covers Mackay and the surrounding suburbs.

    “This figure is just a small slice of the lost super across Australia,” Mr O’Halloran said.

    “One of our key goals is to reunite individuals with their super and in the past financial year $2.5 billion has been consolidated into active super accounts,” he said.

    “You might be surprised. A lot of people who worked casually while they were studying or worked multiple part-time jobs find super they had completely forgotten about.

    “While some people purposefully maintain a number of accounts, a lot of Australians are unaware their hard earned super is unnecessarily being eroded away by fees.”

    Mr O’Halloran said that super is considered ‘lost’ when a fund is unable to contact the individual and hasn’t received a contribution to an account for five years.

    “Members often lose contact with their super funds when they change jobs, move house, or forget to update their details.

    “We know that when it comes to big life events, updating your details with your super fund is one of the last things on your mind. One thing you can do is make sure your super fund has your tax file number. It helps us reunite you with your super down the track,” he said.

    “You might choose to keep multiple accounts, but to save on fees and charges consider consolidating your multiple super accounts online into the one you prefer.”

    “All small lost member accounts with balances of $4,000 or less are transferred to the ATO and become what is called ‘unclaimed super’. Just like lost super, unclaimed and other ATO-held super can be claimed at any time.”

    Mr O’Halloran said the ATO was working hard to make it easier for Australians to find their super and has seen excellent results.

    “Unlike missing car keys, lost super isn’t hard to find. Over the past couple of years, we have made a lot of changes to our online services that make finding and consolidating your super simpler than ever.

    “Once you have linked your myGov account to ATO online services, you will be able to view all your super account details, including any that has been lost or forgotten about.”

    “It’s a great time for Australians to check up on their super, particularly if they plan on logging-in to lodge their own tax return using myTax.”

    For information on how to manage your super and view all your super accounts including lost and unclaimed super, visit ato.gov.au/checkyoursuper

    To find out how much lost super is in your postcode and to see other superannuation statistics visit ato.gov.au/lostsuper

    Top ten postcodes with most lost super

    Suburbs

    Postcode

    State

    Number of accounts

    $ Value of lost and unclaimed super

    MacKay and surrounding areas

    4740

    QLD

    2,605

    49,256,340.55

    Cairns and surrounding areas

    4870

    QLD

    2,903

    49,101,868.85

    Toowoomba and surrounding areas

    4350

    QLD

    2,384

    45,276,433.24

    Liverpool and surrounding areas

    2170

    NSW

    2,120

    37,714,680.99

    Werribee and surrounding areas

    3030

    VIC

    1,742

    35,531,341.07

    Sydney CBD

    2000

    NSW

    1,867

    35,055,841.48

    Surry Hills and surrounding areas

    2010

    NSW

    1,743

    34,721,863.97

    Gladstone and surrounding areas

    4680

    QLD

    1,633

    33,692,141.19

    Bondi and surrounding areas

    2026

    NSW

    1,689

    32,960,830.35

    Campbelltown and surrounding areas

    2560

    NSW

    1,793

    31,283,983.25

    Last modified: 18 Aug 2016QC 49914