Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands

    New online tool for WA residents to check for unclaimed money

    26/11/2020 10:10 AM
    • Millions of dollars sit unclaimed within the Department of Treasury's Register of Unclaimed Money database
    • A new online system makes claiming money quicker and easier for Western Australians 

    A new online tool will make it quicker and easier for thousands of Western Australians to use the Register of Unclaimed Money to reunite with lost or forgotten money.


    Almost $18 million in unclaimed money owed to Western Australians has been reported to the Department of Treasury in 2019-20 and has been added to the Register of Unclaimed Money.


    The largest amount owed to an individual added to the Register in 2019-20 was $185,663.


    The full Register of Unclaimed Money now contains over 780,000 unclaimed amounts totalling more than $119 million.


    In the last financial year 1,550 accounts totalling only around $715,000 were paid out.


    Treasury receives unclaimed monies from Western Australian-based organisations in accordance with the Unclaimed Money Act 1990. The purpose of the Act is to protect the interests of people due monies that they may not be aware of, or may have forgotten about.


    Unclaimed amounts relate to transactions such as unpresented cheques associated with dividend payments, real estate transactions, or deceased estates where beneficiaries are unknown or cannot be located.


    The new online tool allows claimants to verify their identification online, upload documents and receive money directly into their nominated bank account.


    To search the Register, visit http://www.wa.gov.au/treasury


    Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:


    "More Western Australians now have the opportunity to more quickly and easily be reunited with their lost or forgotten money.


    "I encourage everyone to check the Register of Unclaimed Money to see if they are entitled to any of the funds."


    Treasurer's office - 6552 5900