Improved management of unclaimed money

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Tell us what you think of the proposed changes to the management of unclaimed money in South Australia.

What’s being decided?

We are proposing changes to the Unclaimed Moneys Act 1891 to improve the administration of unclaimed money in South Australia.

You can have your say on the proposed changes, which aim to cut red tape and make the process of claiming and lodging unclaimed

Consultation Process

Now Closed

This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 16 December 2020 to 22 January 2021. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.


Tell us what you think of the proposed changes to the management of unclaimed money in South Australia.

What’s being decided?

We are proposing changes to the Unclaimed Moneys Act 1891 to improve the administration of unclaimed money in South Australia.

You can have your say on the proposed changes, which aim to cut red tape and make the process of claiming and lodging unclaimed money simpler for both business and individuals.

The proposed changes include but are not limited to:

  • increasing the dollar threshold of unclaimed money that can be lodged with the Department of Treasury and Finance by business,
  • decreasing the amount of time that business must hold money which is unclaimed, prior to submitting the money to the Department of Treasury and Finance; and
  • abolishing the requirement for business to advertise unclaimed money in the SA Government Gazette.

The changes are designed to make it easier for business to administer unclaimed money and cut red tape.

Get involved

Read the draft Unclaimed Moneys Bill 2020 and the summary of the proposed changes and have your say by:

How can your input influence the decision?

Your input will help to identify issues that need to be addressed prior to introducing the Unclaimed Moneys Bill 2020 to Parliament for approval.

What are the next steps?

The Unclaimed Moneys Bill 2020 will be submitted to Parliament for approval by early 2021.

Contact details

For general inquiries, please email APD@sa.gov.au or call 8207 1865 during business hours (9am to 5pm, weekdays).

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 22 January 2021



Background

The Unclaimed Moneys Act 1891 (Act) has not been substantially reviewed since its inception in 1891, and requires modernisation to reflect and support current business practices.

As part of the Commonwealth Project Agreement for Small Business Regulatory Reform (Reform), we have committed to reducing the regulatory burden of complying with the requirements of the Act on small business.

We have identified an additional opportunity for change, outside the changes committed to as part of the Reform agreement. The additional changes include the increase in the claim thresholds, and limiting the time during which unclaimed money can be claimed. Further information on these changes is available here proposed changes

It is anticipated that these additional changes will reduce the regulations on companies with respect to low valued unclaimed money.

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They will minimise the time spent on the administration of low value and dated claims, which often cost more to administer than their value.

This will enable the diversion of resources to improving the claims process for claimants, through improved online processing of claims.

What is unclaimed money?

The Act defines unclaimed money to mean:

"...all principal and interest money, and all dividends, bonuses, profits, and sums of money whatsoever, which prior to the passing of this Act, or which hereafter, shall have been in possession of any company for a period of six years or upwards in respect whereof no claim shall have been made by the owner against the company, and which shall arise out of any dealing had within the said state by any owner or person with the company..."

Section 7A of the Act also states that:

"... any person (not being a company) in possession of any moneys whatsoever which have been in the possession of that person for a period of one year or upwards and of which the owner cannot be found may pay such moneys to the Treasurer of the State..."

An example of a 'person' is a Conveyancer, Land Broker, Land Agent, Solicitor, and Lawyer.

When does your money become unclaimed money?

Your money becomes unclaimed when:

  • the company has exhausted all avenues of finding the owner and the owner has been 'lost' for a period of 6 years
  • the person (not being a company) has exhausted all avenues of finding the owner and the owner has been 'lost' for a period of 12 months.

The company must advertise their unclaimed monies register in the Government Gazette at the start of the 7th and 8th year of the money being unclaimed.

The Act legislates that in the 9th year any money on the register that has remained unclaimed be forwarded to The Department of Treasury & Finance, where the company or individual has their head office registered in South Australia or carries on business in South Australia.

You can learn more about unclaimed money on the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

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  • Get Involved

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    Read the draft Unclaimed Moneys Bill 2020 and the summary of the proposed changes and have your say by:

  • Proposed changes

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    For business

    • The threshold of unclaimed money which can be lodged by business, will be increased from the current amount of $10 dollars to $50. This is the first increase in the threshold since prior to 1993.

    • The minimum amount of time that unclaimed money must be held by business before it can be lodged will be decreased from 9 years to 7 years.

    • The requirement for business to advertise unclaimed money in the South Australian Government Gazette will be abolished.

    For claimants


    • Introducing a 25-year cap on the ability to make a claim for unclaimed money, with a 5 year transition period provided. Currently, there is no time limit on claims, with amounts of unclaimed money dating back to 1946.

    • A $50 limit will be introduced on claim amounts, reflecting the new $50 lodgement amount for business. A 5 year transition period will be provided for existing claims less than $50.

    Changes to lodgement thresholds for unclaimed money and the introduction of time limits for claiming will minimise the time spent on the administration of low value and dated claims, which often cost more to administer than their value. This will enable the diversion of resources to improving the claims process for claimants, through improved online processing of claims.