How to apply for early release of your super
You can't submit your application until you’ve left Australia, but it helps to get started before you go.
It is easier to complete some documents while you're still in Australia. When you leave, you have 6 months to apply to release your super. If you don’t apply we will transfer your money to the ATO as unclaimed super. You will need to claim it from the ATO.
Before you go
1. Make sure you meet the ATO requirements
Check your eligibility.
2. Find your super
You might have several super accounts if you had more than one employer in Australia. You can find your super through your myGov account. If you have more than $5,000 in super, you may need to provide extra paperwork.
3. Prepare your documentation
Make copies of your ID documents and get them certified by a qualified person in Australia. Take these with you when you leave so you can include them in your application.
4. Make sure you have proof of your departure
When you leave, make sure Australian Customs date stamps your passport as proof you have left.
After you leave Australia
1. Complete and submit your form
You can apply:
- through the ATO’s Departing Australia Superannuation Payment online application system
- download and post a paper application form (PDF 287kB) to:
GPO BOX 89
Melbourne VIC 3001
You can receive your money by:
- cheque in Australian dollars
- international money transfer, or
- have it transferred to an Australian bank account.
Fees and foreign exchange rates may apply.
2. When to expect payment
Payment is generally made within 28 days from receiving your application.
If your information is not complete, you may be contacted for more information.
Contact us if you need help applying for a Departing Australia Superannuation Payment.