We can help you find your lost or forgotten money, prizes and winnings
What is unclaimed money?
Every year, millions of dollars end up in the Victorian Unclaimed Money Database waiting to be collected by its rightful owners.
You can lose track of your money for many reasons, such as you change address or simply forget about it. Unclaimed money can be any amount $20 and over, including:
- Share dividends
- Salaries and wages
- Rent and bonds
- Debentures and interest
- Proceeds from a sale
Businesses, gaming venues and betting agencies lodge these unclaimed amounts with us. Please note, however, that we do not hold all types of lost money. Superannuation and funds from bank accounts, for example, are dealt with by other agencies.
Find money belonging to you
You can search our database for any unclaimed money belonging to you. It is free to search and free to claim.
Our database contains unclaimed money lodged since 1997. Before 1 January 2009, businesses also had to publish an annual list of unclaimed amounts in the Victorian Government Gazette.
Apply for your unclaimed money
Multiple lots of unclaimed money
If you are claiming more than one amount of money on our database, you need only lodge one completed application form with a covering letter requesting all other funds in your name to be included with your application.
Tatts, Intralot and TAB
To apply for unclaimed winnings or prizes, the ticket must have been bought in Victoria and be more than six months old and, in the case of Tattersalls and Intralot, not be on a registered card.
For unclaimed money on a Tattersalls or Intralot registered card, or Tabcorp account, you must firstly contact the specific agency. If they advise that your amount has been referred to us, please search for your unclaimed money in our database. If you find it, then apply.
Lodging unclaimed money
All Victorian businesses and trustees holding $20 or more that has not been paid to an owner have a legal responsibility to record and keep that money for at least 12 months, and then lodge it with us.
Businesses include companies, partnerships, co-operatives, local councils, public hospitals, law practices and housing societies.
A business must lodge all unclaimed money it holds by 31 May each year. The lodgement must include entitlements (minus any reasonable expenses) that are at least 12 months old as of 1 March of the current year.
Payment must be made via electronic funds transfer (EFT).
Gaming venue operators must pay unclaimed money from gaming machines to us. Operators have a number of annual responsibilities in respect of unclaimed prizes and winnings.
Payment must be made via EFT.
Looking for your lost super?
Search for your lost superannuation through the ATO.
Other types of lost money
- Old bank, credit union, building society or friendly society accounts
- Money from de-registered companies
- Money from compulsory share acquisitions
- Unclaimed life insurance policies
To search for and claim these amounts, contact ASIC via MoneySmart on 1300 300 630.
Money held in other states or territories
Each Australian state and territory is responsible for administering the unclaimed money lodged by businesses and trusts operating there. To assist you to search and claim your money being held in other states and territories, contact these agencies:
- Australian Capital Territory Public Trustee
- New South Wales Office of State Revenue
- Northern Territory Department of Treasury and Finance
- Queensland Public Trustee
- South Australia Department of Treasury and Finance
- Tasmania Department of Treasury and Finance
- Western Australia Department of Treasury
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