2 simple ways to find your lost super
26 July 2018
There’s something devastating about the thought of you losing your super. You work incredibly hard to build it up – and it’s likely to become one of your life’s biggest assets – so it would be such a waste for it to just get lost over the years.
Losing track of your super accounts can happen surprisingly easily – especially if you’ve ever changed your name, your address, or had a few different jobs. In fact, there is currently over $18 billion* of lost superannuation unaccounted for in Australia, just waiting to be reclaimed.
All up, over 6 million Australians have mislaid some of their super, so there’s a good chance you may have some cash languishing in super limbo. And we’re not talking peanuts – the average lost super balance is about $2,700.**
How to find your lost super
So, how do you track down any lost super – and more to the point, can you be bothered?
You should, because it’s really simple. You have 2 options:
1. Contact your super fund
Your super fund might be able to do the search for you. Just call and ask them, or look on their website. Some funds will even move any money they find into your preferred super account for you, leaving you free to sit back and enjoy thinking of creative ways to spend your newfound super. You can log in to your Suncorp Super online portal and use our SuperMatch tool to search the ATO database for any super accounts you may have. And, you can even roll over any super funds you find to your Suncorp account with only a few clicks. Gone are the days of clunky manual processes and filling out forms! It will only take you a few minutes to do.
2. Contact the ATO
The Australian Taxation Office can advise if you’ve got any lost super accounts. All you need to do is put your name, date of birth and tax file number into their SuperSeeker tool.
If the prospect of reclaiming nearly three grand of your hard-earned money still doesn’t get you off the sofa, then think what that money could be worth in future. For instance, if you’re aged 40 now, $2,700 in lost super could grow to around $12,000^ when you’re 65.
Not doing a lost super search is a bit like buying a lottery ticket and then not bothering to find out if you’ve won. If you’ve worked hard to earn your super, you should check to make sure you’ve got all you’re entitled to.
Get started using our SuperMatch tool, or call us on 13 11 55 for further assistance.
*As at 30 June 2017
**Source: Australian Tax Office
^Assumptions: Gross investment return is 7.5%. Earnings are calculated at the end of the year. The projected amount is expressed in future dollars.
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