Cold caller scam
We have recently been advised of a possible unclaimed money scam whereby a member of the public is contacted by a caller advising that they are employed by the NSW Treasury. The caller states that the Treasury is holding a sum of money eg $4500 from an uncashed bank cheque which will be paid once the person has paid a fee at their local post office. Please do not respond to cold caller contacts especially where there are requests for personal details and/or payment of fees or charges.
There are no charges or fees when applying directly to OSR for claiming unclaimed money listed on our website.
The Office of State Revenue (OSR) is responsible for the collection of unclaimed money. All money listed on our website is available for claim.
OSR does not charge a fee to conduct an online search or to lodge a claim.
Searching for unclaimed money
If you believe you have unclaimed money held by OSR, you can search our website for your funds and make a claim to recover your funds online.
Lodging unclaimed money
All NSW enterprises and NSW Public Sector Superannuation Funds are legally required to lodge unclaimed money with OSR.
Unclaimed money held by OSR
Unclaimed money held by OSR includes:
principal and interest
trust account funds
refunds and overpayments
proceeds of sale
OSR holds unclaimed superannuation benefits lodged from 1 July 1997 to 30 June 2007.
From 1 July 2007, OSR only receives unclaimed superannuation benefits from NSW Public Sector Superannuation Funds. All other superannuation benefits are lodged with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Money not collected or held by OSR
OSR does not hold the following types of unclaimed money.
Deregistered company money
OSR does not receive money belonging to deregistered companies. Please contact the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
Bank account money
OSR does not receive unclaimed money held by banks, building societies, credit unions and friendly societies.
If you want information about unclaimed money from savings accounts, contact the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
Unclaimed superannuation benefits
From 1 July 2007, OSR only receives unclaimed superannuation benefits from NSW Public Sector Superannuation Funds.
The ATO receives all other unclaimed superannuation benefits from private superannuation funds.
For information about lost superannuation benefits, contact:
your superannuation fund
Useful links to find unclaimed money
Check with other State, Territory or Commonwealth agencies that may be holding unclaimed money.
There have been a number of unclaimed money scams. Read more about the scams and view an example of a scam email.