Billions in superannuation dollars reunited with rightful owners

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Australians have reclaimed $2 billion* of their lost superannuation in just 24 months according to new data announced today by BT.

In two years the total amount of lost super has reduced 12% to $14.8 billion as more Australians engage with their superannuation and it becomes even easier to track down.

Since the launch of its new SuperCheck service, BT has helped more than 118,000 Australians rein in nearly $254 million in super.^

BT’s General Manager of Superannuation, Melinda Howes says it is a pleasing trend.

“More Australians are taking control and claiming back what is theirs in lost super so it’s great to see people taking an active interest in their long-term savings.

“The reduction in lost super is even more impressive, when you consider that over that period of time the pool of super has grown to be a staggering $2 trillion."

Financial year

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

ATO-held super

$16.8bn#

$16.2bn#

$14.8bn#

While the trend was pleasing, there is still a long way to go.

“There is still billions sitting in lost super that people may have forgotten about, and it’s one of the biggest financial opportunities to better secure Australians’ retirement savings,” Ms Howes says.

“There is lost super to be found in all suburbs and towns across the country, and it is so easy to find if any of it is yours.”

There are many reasons why Australians may have inactive, missing or lost super.

You are especially vulnerable to lost super if you have recently moved homes, changed jobs or married.

Ms Howes said that despite high levels of lost and unclaimed super, the good news is that super is never really lost and is easy to take back.

“In fact we know from what our customers tell us that they put off searching for super because they think it will take a long time, but this isn’t actually the case. Super can be found in a few minutes,” Ms Howes says.

To help Australians rein in their super, BT launched SuperCheck to help customers find and sort all of their super easier and faster. SuperCheck is available to all BT Super for Life customers.

Recently Rosemary Cooke, 42, a domestic cleaner from Engadine used SuperCheck to rein in $4,000 in super.

“I knew I had more super out there, but had been putting it off for a while. The process was simple, fast and helped me to be reunited with my own money,” Ms Cooke says.

To find out more, go to bt.com.au/supercheck

*There is $14.8 billion in ATO-held super as at 30 June 2016. ATO-held super is different to lost super. ATO held super is money held by the ATO including Super Guarantee amounts paid to them by a previous employer, Government Co-contributions paid by the government or unclaimed super amounts transferred from super funds.

There is a total value of $11.6 billion in lost super (Source: ATO, 30 June 2016).

Please note that addresses (including postcodes) are reported by superannuation funds over a number of years. This means the postcode data may not reflect the postcode in which the member now currently resides and the postcode data may include postcodes that are no longer valid.

Your super account will generally be considered ‘lost’ if no contributions or rollovers have been added to your super account in the last year and either your super fund never had an address for you, or mail sent to you by your super fund has been returned unclaimed, or for default employer super plans, no contributions or rollovers have been added to your super account in the last five years.

ATO sourece website.

^From 1 October 2016 to 30 June 2017, over 118,000 Australian customers have run a SuperCheck helping them to rein in nearly $254 million in super.

#Source: ATO website.

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