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Want to earn more money before leaving Australia? Then workout your superannuation refund and claim your deducted salary from ATO. You, as backpackers or working holiday makers are international visitors holding visas, which gives you the right to work while you are in Australia. If you are a temporary resident working at any firm in Australia then your employer must pay superannuation for you if you are eligible.

What is superannuation, you ask? Superannuation is a fund which the employer pays to ATO so that you can draw the deposited amount of money when you retire. If you have earned more than $450 over a continuous rolling 4 week period the employer must pay 9.5% of your annual gross salary into a superannuation fund on your behalf. When you have worked as an employee of any company, and earned superannuation from employer while visiting Australia on a temporary visa, you can apply to have this superannuation paid to you as a Departing Australia Superannuation Payment (DASP) after you leave. 

But are you eligible for the super fund? Let’s check…

  • You accumulated superannuation while working in Australia on a temporary resident visa issued under the Migration Act 1958 (excluding Subclasses 405 and 410);
  • Your visa has ceased to be in effect (for example, it has expired or been cancelled);
  • You have left Australia;
  • You are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia.

Want to know the good part…. You can claim your super either online or by lodging a paper application. Online applications are free of charge and can be submitted through the DASP online application system for super funds. Paper applications incur a cost, as they require you to get and pay for a certificate of immigration status from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

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