Temporary residents have restricted conditions of release. Unlike permanent residents, benefits cannot be accessed if the temporary resident has reached preservation age and/or retired, or age 65. Temporary residents can generally access superannuation benefits if they:
- are diagnosed with a terminal medical condition
- suffer temporary or permanent incapacity
- have died (paid to beneficiary or estate), or
- are permanently departing Australia.
To access your super before you permanently leave Australia phone us on 1800 640 886.
To access your super after you permanently leave Australia, you can apply to Media Super for a Departing Australia Superannuation Payment (DASP) subject to the following events occurring within the last six months:
- your departure from Australia
- cancellation or expiration of your visa.
If you do not apply to Media Super for this payment within six months we will pay your benefit to the ATO as unclaimed super and you will no longer be a member of Media Super. As a result you will not earn investment returns with Media Super and any applicable insurance cover obtained through Media Super will cease.
You may claim your benefit from the ATO once we have transferred it.
Media Super relies on relief provided by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and will not provide departed former temporary residents whose benefits are paid to the ATO with notices or exit statements at the time, or after, the benefits are paid to the ATO.
To apply for a Departing Australia Superannuation Payment phone us on 1800 640 886.
For assistance in accessing unclaimed super contact the ATO on 131 020 or visit the ATO website.