It's free to lodge a claim with us, and a claims officer will support you through the process.

How to claim

First, make sure you meet the eligibility criteria.

If eligible, follow these steps:

  • Register on our Claims Portal and create a profile.
  • Enter your details and attach your:
    • determination (with the date of determination, case number and reasons for your decision) from the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) awarding compensation
    • 'appropriate steps notice' from AFCA confirming that all reasonable steps to obtain compensation from the financial firm have occurred.
    • Verify your identity in our Claims Portal using Australia Post Digital iDâ„¢.

If you're unable to access the Claims Portal or have other accessibility requirements, please call our team on 1800 372 757.

We assess the eligibility of your claim based on the legislation. We must also confirm if you have received any part-payment of your compensation or are eligible for payments from other parties or funds.

If eligible, we'll confirm the details of your claim with:

  • the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)
  • your financial firm's liquidators/administrators and insurers
  • any other statutory schemes.

We'll then let you know the outcome of your claim.

If your claim is successful, we'll make a formal compensation offer. If not, we'll explain why.

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How long does the claims process take?

We know how important this is to you, and we want to make sure we get it right.

Collecting and reviewing information relevant to your claim can take some time.

The claims process will generally take around 12 weeks.

How is the claim amount decided?

When making an offer, we first check if you've been paid some of the money from:

  • the firm
  • liquidator
  • third party
  • other compensation schemes.

As CSLR is a genuine last-resort compensation scheme, Section 1067 of the Corporations Act (2001) requires us to undertake this check.

We will also consider the compensation you were awarded by AFCA. CSLR can only pay up to $150,000 even though AFCA can award more than this in its determination.

Please note that we can't change AFCA's decision or the compensation amount. AFCA independently reviews the merits of a complaint and provides an outcome, which may include awarding compensation. AFCA decisions are made independently of CSLR. CSLR cannot assess the AFCA determination (complaint outcome) or awarded compensation.

What happens when I receive a claim offer?

Before making the claim payment, we will provide details of the offer for you to consider.

Things you need to know before you accept an offer:

  1. you're accepting the amount of compensation offered
  2. accepting the offer transfers legal rights to us to recover the offered amount from the insolvent firm.

You have 90 days to accept or reject the offer through the Claims Portal. You must also provide banking details for payment. Please note that your account must be:

  • with an Australian bank
  • in the name of the claimant or beneficiary (if claiming for a trust).

Do I have to accept an offer?

You're not obliged to accept an offer from us.

If you do nothing within 90 days, your compensation application is withdrawn.

A withdrawn claim can be reopened at your request.

Changes to the offer

The law allows us to change or cancel the offer if we find:

  • mistakes
  • evidence of fraud
  • changes in eligibility or compensation
  • other exceptional circumstances.

Overpayment

If we pay you too much, you must repay the extra amount.

We can take legal action if you don't agree to repay.

Your legal rights

For the offered amount

If your claim is successful and you accept an offer of compensation, you transfer your legal rights to us for the offered amount.

This requirement is set out in law and allows us to pursue the funds from the financial firm.

You'll no longer be able to claim the offered amount from the firm or any other relevant party.

We'll explain this during the claim process.

For an amount above the offer

Any amount that exceeds the CSLR offer that was awarded in the AFCA determination can still be claimed from the insolvent firm.

For example, if you received $400,000 in the AFCA determination and CSLR pays you $150,000, CSLR only has the rights to recover $150,000. You will still retain the right to pursue the insolvent firm for $250,000.

Can I appeal the decision?

If you disagree with a decision about your claim or offer amount, contact us.

We'll talk you through our decision and answer any questions you have.

General queries or complaints about your claim should be raised with your Claims Officer. If you are dissatisfied with their response, you can contact complaints@cslr.org.au or 1800 372 757. You can also apply to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia for a review of the decision on your claim.

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