Funeral Insurance

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Help your family out immediately during a difficult time.

Funeral insurance provides a nominated person (e.g. your spouse) with the financial ability to cover your funeral expenses when you are no longer around.

Three key reasons people choose funeral insurance

  • A flexible benefit payment up to $15,000. This can be used by your family to pay for your funeral costs, other expenses e.g. legal fees, travel expenses and financial advisers.
  • Fast and straightforward application. No medical or blood tests are required.
  • Avoid paying more than what you're insured for. Some policies will cease premium payments once they have reached the amount insured. This guarantees value in your policy.

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Receive up to $15,000 in funeral cover. Premiums reduce by 5% every 5 years you hold your Policy. $15,000 79 30 Get quoteMore info
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Receive up to $15,000 in funeral cover to assist with your funeral bill and other unexpected expenses. $15,000 70 30 Get quoteMore info

Funeral insurance is not the right choice for everyone. Always consider your own financial and personal situation when selecting products to fund your funeral. Funeral insurance does not provide funeral, burial or cremation services. Instead, it provides a sum of money to cover these expenses.

The finder.com.au funeral insurance comparison

The table below provides details of the funeral insurance policies compared on finder.com.au.

PolicyBenefit PaymentGuaranteed Acceptance Age
AIA MaxLife Final Expenses$15,00018 - 70 years old
ANZ Funeral Insurance$15,00050 - 70 years old
American Express EziCover Funeral Advantage$15,00035 - 70 years old

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Guides to help you decide

When will (and when won’t) my family receive a payout?

Some criteria you'll need to meet includes:

  • Passing away or developing a terminal illness
  • The death or illness not happening in the first 12 months of holding a policy.
  • The cause of your death or illness being accidental (if in the first 12 months)

Payout examples

Event
  • First 12 months of holding a policy*
  • After 12 months*
If you pass away due to a sickness
  • No - premiums are refunded
  • Yes
Self inflicted death
  • No - premiums are refunded
  • Yes
Accidental death
  • Yes - you are paid out what you have insured
  • Yes
Terminal illness
  • No - Your policy will continue and you will be eligible for payment after 12 months or your premiums refunded
  • Yes


*A 12 month waiting period is the standard waiting period in most policies however this can vary depending on the policy. Always check with your insurer.

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Why do Australians take out funeral insurance?

Funeral insurance is important to ensure your loved ones are not left with a financial burden when you pass away. Most funeral insurance plans in Australia offer a range of benefits as standard, including:

1. Fast, simple application process

Funeral insurance is designed to be straightforward so you can apply quickly.

2. Flexibility in the way you pay

Funeral insurance offers features that can help you control how much you'll pay for your insurance and how you will pay.

3. Payout benefits

Funeral insurance offers various benefits in the way it pays out to your family.

4. Features that look out for you

Many funeral insurance policies now have certain features to help you get the most value out of your policy and protect your from being ripped off.

Bonus options worth looking out for

Depending on the insurer, additional benefits are also offered with funeral insurance such as:

Extra option

How does this work?

  • Family discount
You can receive a 20% discount on premiums if you and your partner takes out a joint policy.
  • Cash back
Some policies give you the option to receive 10% of your premiums back for every 3 years you remain covered.
  • Large sum insured discount
Some policies allow for a 10% discount if you have a sum insured of at least $20,000 on a stepped premium plan.
  • Automatic indexation
Some policies give you the option to automatically increase the amount covered, to keep up with inflation. This option is typically a 5% increase per year and will also increase your premium paid.
  • Free will kit
Some policies include a free legal will kit when you take out a policy.

What expenses can funeral insurance cover?

Funeral insurance is designed to provide your dependants with a lump sum payment in the event of your death. This payment can be used to cover the different types of funeral costs, including:

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How much is funeral insurance going to cost me?

The cost of your funeral insurance will depend on a range of factors including:

  • Sum insured. This is the amount you originally agree to insure. Most policies range from $15,000-$30,000.
  • Age of the insured person. The older the person is at application, the higher the premiums will generally be.
  • Whether or not the applicant smokes. Smokers will have a higher premium.
  • Gender. Women tend to have a greater life expectancy than men, and hence cheaper premiums.
  • Applicants State or Territory. Government fees to insurers may differ from state to state. This is passed onto your premium.

The average annual cost of premiums by age group

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Figures are based on Australian Securities & Investments Commission's 2015 study of the funeral insurance sector.

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How can I pay my premiums?

As with other forms of insurance, funeral insurance plans often include the option of stepped or level premiums.

  • Stepped premiums. Your premium is based on your age, your sex and the sum insured and is then recalculated every birthday, becoming progressively more expensive the older you get.
  • Level premiums. Your premium is also based on your age, your sex and the sum insured, but you are insured for an agreed amount and your premium remains the same for the life of the policy (apart from yearly CPI increases).

So which one is right for me?

The advantage of stepped premiums is that you pay less at the beginning of your cover, while the advantage of level premiums is that you always know roughly what your premium will be and can budget accordingly. The option you choose on whether or not you expect your income to increase over time.

To get a better understanding, you can read more about funeral insurance premiums here.

Traps to avoid

Funeral insurance has come under scrutiny in recent years, due to the long term cost of some premiums being greater than the cost of a funeral itself

Make sure you steer clear of these traps

While funeral insurance has a lot of benefits and is easy to obtain compared with other forms of insurance, there are some traps to be wary of when applying for cover. These include:

  • Buying a policy without comparing. Customers can find themselves buying bad policy after seeing a television ad or after being cold called for funeral insurance. Make sure you understand the policy and how it compares with its peers before buying. Remember, you're entitled to cooling off rights, which means you can cancel a policy for any reason within 10 business days.
  • Paying more in premiums than a funeral would cost. Avoid this by looking for policies that offer capped premiums once the sum insured is reached or a guaranteed payout.
  • Buying the cheapest policy. You could find yourself underinsured if a cheap policy doesn’t contain the basic benefits listed above.
  • Not keeping up with premium payments. Most funeral insurance providers do not offer the policy suspension option common in other forms of insurance, which means that your policy could be cancelled if you’re more than 28 days in arrears. Some insurers do offer a premium pause option for up to three months, but only accidental death claims are paid during this time.
  • Not checking the length of the cooling-off period. If you change your mind about buying a policy and wait too long before notifying the insurer, you may not be able to get a refund.
  • Not being aware that premiums rise over time. Premiums and benefits increase over time to keep pace with inflation. If you’re on a fixed income, this needs to be factored into your budget or your funeral insurance could become unaffordable.
  • Levelled premiums that rise with inflation. Although this means your sum insured may rise with inflation as well, this can be an unaffordable cost for some. Check with your insurer to see if your sum insured is automatically increased.

Is funeral insurance a rip off?

Funeral insurance has come under scrutiny in recent years, due to the long term cost of some premiums being greater than the cost of a funeral itself. Steps have since been taken to make funeral insurance a more transparent product.

These features are a must (if you don't want to get ripped-off)

When you apply for funeral insurance you should always look for a value guarantee feature. This will ensure that you never pay more than what you insured at the start. Here are two types to look out for

1. Guaranteed payout

A guaranteed payout means that you'll be paid out the greater amount between your premiums paid and the sum you originally insured.

2. Premium cap

Premium caps ensure that your premiums are stopped once they reach the sum you originally insured.

3. Flat premiums (levelled premiums).

Premiums that never go up during the life of the policy.

4. A grace period

If your policy is cancelled due to an inability to make premium payments, you're given grace period where your policy can be reinstated e.g. 3 months.

5. 'Paid up' insurance clause

If your policy is cancelled due to an inability to make payments but you have held the policy for at least 10 years, the policy will become a 'paid up insurance' product. This means that you can receive a percentage of the sum insured e.g. 40% of $15,000, and premiums are no longer payable.

6. Premium discounts

You can receive a premium discount after a certain period of coverage, specified by the policy e.g. 5 years

How else can I pay for my funeral

If you’re unsure about whether you want or can afford funeral insurance, there are other funeral payment options you can explore.

  • Prepaid funeral. This is where you pay for your funeral upfront so the funds are there when needed.
  • Funeral bond. .This is where you pay in a lump sum or by instalments and have your money invested by an insurance company or friendly society
  • Super or life insurance. This is where you have life insurance or life insurance through your superannuation that provides cover for funeral expenses
  • Savings account. This where you put your money into an account regularly to save for your funeral expenses.

Breakdown of my options

ScenarioProsCons
Prepaid funeral
  • You may get you money back if you stop making payments
  • If your state allows it, you can get your plan through a registered fund to ensure financial protection for your money
  • Funeral costs can rise over time, so you may end up being underinsured if you live to a ripe old age
  • If you decide to move away, some funeral companies may not refund your previous payments
Funeral bond
  • Your money grows over time as an investment to fund your funeral and is exempt from asset tests
  • If you stop contributing to the bond, your family can get the remaining balance on the bond minus any ongoing fees when you pass away

 

  • You will have to pay ongoing fees

 

Super or life insurance
  • The main benefit of funeral expenses cover through your life insurance is that your also provided with life insurance benefits (e.g. on payments to replace income) for your dependants
  • Medical underwriting can be extensive
  • Possible delays in payment

 

Savings accounts
  • This money can go grow as an investment to fund your funeral
  • If you pass away earlier than expected you may not have enough to fund your funeral
Funeral Insurance
  • If you pass away earlier than expected (but after 12 months), your family can receive the full sum insured
  • Little no medical underwriting in comparison to life insurance
  • If you stop paying your premiums, you may loose what you have paid in premiums and your family may not receive a payout

If you can no longer pay for your funeral insurance

If you think you might not be able to pay premiums, speak to your insurer as soon as possible. Some policies provide a grace period (of up to 3 months) where you're still covered for accidental deaths.


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    steveMarch 27, 2017

    what is the process if an insured person passes away. who do we contact and will the other partners premium rise

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      ZubairMarch 28, 2017Staff

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for your question. It’s a good idea to contact the insurer directly. They can assist you with the appropriate steps and advise you on any changes to your premium.

      All the best,
      Zubair

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    AlanMarch 21, 2017

    can I transfer my funeral fund from one company to another company I have been in it for about 5 years ,
    Thank you

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      ZubairMarch 22, 2017Staff

      Hi Alan,

      Thank you for your question.

      finder.com.au is a comparison and information service and we are not permitted to provide our users with personalised financial advice or product recommendations.

      As funeral insurance is a standalone product, you may not need to “switch” insurers but rather just cancel the old policy and get the cover with the new insurer.

      You should contact the insurance brand you are considering getting the cover with and your current funeral insurance brand for more information.

      All the best,
      Zubair

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    johnMay 30, 2016

    what a bloody pain is this site………. trying for in excess of 10 mins to access freedom ins phone center round and round I go !! maybe this will elicit some response ring me to discuss policy

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      RichardMay 30, 2016Staff

      Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch. You’ve actually contacted finder.com.au, which is a financial comparison service and not an insurer. If you would like to speak with Freedom Insurance, you can do so by calling 1300 88 44 88.

      All the best,
      Richard

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