Leaving Australia

If you have worked in Australia as a temporary resident, you may be eligible to access your superannuation upon leaving the country. This is known as a Departing Australia Superannuation Payment (DASP).

Tips

  • Not applicable for Australian citizens.
  • Payments are made in Australian dollars, please check your local account to understand how they can receive this payment.

Accessing your Supeannuation

To access your superannuation under this rule you must:

  • have held a temporary visa* while residing in Australia,
  • have permanently departed from Australia, and
  • withdraw your entire benefit as a single lump sum.

The ATO DASP - Online application system is a secure free online service which allows you to apply for your superannuation benefits regardless of which financial institution your super is currently with. It also allows you to track the progress of your application.

When applying online you'll need the ABN and SPIN for your BT product.

Certified Identification Required

If your account balance is over $5,000, after submitting your request via the ATO DASP Online application system, you need to send us a certified copy of a foreign passport or similar travel document that contains a photograph and signature.

This must be posted (not emailed) to us:

Mailing Address:
BT Super for Life
GPO Box 3958
Sydney NSW 2001
AUSTRALIA
 

How to get your documents certified

To certify a document, take the original document and a photocopy to one of the people listed in the categories below and ask them to certify that the photocopy is a true and correct copy of the original document. That person will need to print their name, date and the capacity in which they are signing.

Who Can Certify Documents Outside Australia?

  • Consular staff at an Australian
    - Embassy
    - High Commission
    - Consulate
  • Notary public
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Judge of the court
  • Registrar or deputy registrar of a court

We also require evidence of the certifier's status. For example; Judge or Magistrate - Certificate of their appointment to their position

For further information refer to the ATO website.

 

If you do not wish to apply using the ATO DASP - Online application system, please call us on 132 135 (+61 2 9155 4070 if calling from overseas) or email us using our online contact form.

Will your DASP be taxed?

Tax will be withheld on your Departing Australia Superannuation Payment. Refer to the ATO website for current tax rates and further information

How will your DASP be paid?

When you apply for your DASP online, generally you will be sent a cheque in the mail within 28 days of BT receiving the information we require. This will be sent to the address you supplied in your online DASP application.

Rather receive your payment directly into your bank account?

All Australian Bank Accounts
You can nominate to have the funds paid into an Australian bank account in your name by supplying your Australian bank account details including the BSB and account number when completing your online application. We are unable to make any payments to international bank accounts. If you do not nominate an Australian bank account, a cheque in $AUD will be posted to you. Please allow a further 3 – 4 weeks for this to arrive by international post.

BT Super for Life Accounts

If you want your DASP paid to the bank account which is linked to your BT Super for Life account, please email your request to us including your BSB and account numbers to us using our online contact form.

If you wish for your DASP to be made to a Westpac bank account held in your name, you may email your payment instructions to us using our online contact form.

Please advise in your request if you are applying online for your Departing Australia Superannuation Payment along with your [member /account/investor number]. We are unable to pay funds to an overseas bank account and all payments are made in Australian dollars.

Why has my application not progressed?

The ATO DASP - online service automatically confirms your visa status and eligibility status to claim under DASP conditions through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Generally, to obtain this information has associated costs.  


Conditions of withdrawal

  • Withdrawal payments are made in Australian dollars.
  • Withdrawals are subject to clearance of investment funds.
  • Withdrawals may be subject to tax.
  • Any applicable bank charges and other likely bank fees incurred as a result of a withdrawal by way of telegraphic transfer or other special payment will be charged to you.
  • Payments to a third party are not permitted