You can get a Departing Australia Superannuation Payment if you were in Australia as a temporary resident (not applicable to visa subclasses 405 and 410) and you have money in an Australian super fund.
The DASP form is available online, see “Applications” below.
You must have left Australia and your visa has expired or it has been cancelled at the time of making application. However you can start an application before all pre-conditions are met, and then finalise at a later time, e.g. once having left Australia.
- Applications can be made with the Tax Office’s Departing Australia Superannuation form (downloadable PDF) and associated documentary requirements and other information is obtainable from the Tax Office here or
- Applications can also be made online: Start here.
- Online application visa check: As of 11 Dec 2017 the ATO no longer requires 14-days to validate visa information with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, as the information is linked online. If incorrect visa details are shown, DIBP Form 1194 is required.
DASP Benefits less than $5,000
For withdrawal benefit of less than AUD$5,000, there is the option of meeting documentary requirements by providing evidence of visa expiry and having left Australia without the need for a Form 1194. The relevant super fund can confirm individual requirements in this regard. Such evidence could include
- the expired visa (or evidence of its expiry)
- passport with departure stamp (which would have had to be requested on leaving Australia)
Visa Cancellation Request
If your visa is still active, and you need to have it cancelled for this purpose, you can do so by written application to the Hobart office of Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
There is no fee charged for a visa cancellation request.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection provides a form (Form 1194) and further information about visa cancellations associated with the Departing Australia Superannuation Payments (DASP).
Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia, or holders of a retirement visa are not able to claim DASP because they have an option of retiring in Australia and have access to the age pension.
Departing Australia tax on superannuation payments
From 1 July 2017 the withholding tax rates have been increased to a general rate of 65% for working holiday maker visa holders as follows:
|Superannuation components||Working Holiday Maker visa holder super contributions||Other visa holders|
|Tax free component||0%||0%|
From 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017 withholding tax at the rate of 38% or 47% was required to be deducted from your superannuation payment, depending on the character of the funds paid out. Neither the withholding tax or the super payouts are required to be submitted in an Australian tax return.
Lump sum superannuation payments are taxed as follows:
- 0% for the tax-free component
- 38% for a taxed element of a taxable component
- 47% for an untaxed element of a taxable component.
(Prior to 1 July 2014, rates were 35% and 45% respectively.)
Tax agents, accountants and licensed financial planners or advisers with an Auskey, ABN and a completed “Agreement for departing Australia superannuation payments” are able to access the Tax Office’s online systems on behalf of clients. See conditions and requirements here.
This page was last modified 2017-12-12