Australian Funeral Insurance for New Zealanders

Information verified correct on October 22nd, 2016

new-zealandCan New Zealand citizens living in Australia get funeral insurance?

Yes. If you’re a New Zealand citizen living in Australia, most providers are willing to offer you funeral insurance cover. Cover is available for both New Zealand citizens and permanent residents who are residing in Australia when they apply for cover in Australia. The main eligibility requirement for cover typically concerns your age.

There are many funeral insurance options included in life insurance policies, so if you’d like to make sure you’re covered for funeral insurance it’s a good idea to look carefully at life insurance options too.

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Which Australian brands offer funeral insurance policies to New Zealand citizens?

The majority of Australian funeral insurance providers will also provide benefits to New Zealand citizens living in Australia. One of the most common features offered is an advance, which is a proportion of the death payment paid quickly to ensure that there are funds available for a funeral. Advances are a proportion of the death benefit, and the numbers given here are the maximum amount that will be paid in advance.

It’s usually safe to assume that as a New Zealand citizen living in Australia you are eligible for the same funeral insurance benefits, but always check the PDS carefully and ask a company representative to confirm.

ProviderFuneral advancement benefit amountAge of eligibility
AAMI$10,000 advance18-60
Allianz$15,000 advance16-65
AIANo advance but complete coverage of funeral expenses with certain plans17-80
AMP$15,000 advance16-60
Aussie Life Insurance$10,000 advance18-64
BankwestUp to $10,000 advance18-60
BTUp to $25,000 advance15-69
CGUA range of policies, some of which include advances of varying amounts18-65
Citibank$10,000 advance18-65
GIO$10,000 advance18-60
GuardianTotal funeral and final expenses up to $15,000, no advance, with triple payment in event of accidental death18-64
HSBCLump sum is paid on death or in the event of a terminal illness where one is predicted to have less than 12 months to live18-65
InsuranceLine$10,000 advance18-65
MedibankIncludes death coverage with an advance that varies depending on the plan16-65
NIBUp to $15,000 funeral cover, all paid as an advance18-65
NRMA$10,000 advance18-65
Real Life InsuranceUp to $45,000 funeral coverage18-64
 St.GeorgeBenefits for death or terminal illness that can be used to pay funeral plans 15-69
SuncorpLump sum payments on death, with premiums never exceeding payout, pending certain conditions TAL18-60
TALLump sum payments on death or terminal illness that can be put towards a funeral, caring for your family or anything else 18-59
Virgin Life Insurance$10,000 advance and many choices, but those over the age of 65 cannot apply18-65
Woolworths$15,000 advance with full death cover payment in the event of a terminal illness18-65

What funeral insurance benefits are available for applicants from New Zealand?

  • Fast and simple application process. Funeral insurance for New Zealanders requires little or no medical underwriting, meaning you won’t have to undergo health tests or answer medical questions when applying for cover.
  • Automatic acceptance. The vast majority of insurers offer guaranteed acceptance if you are between 45 and 75 years of age.
  • Apply online. It typically takes just a few minutes to apply for funeral insurance cover online or over the phone.
  • Choice of premiums. Funeral insurance comes with a choice of stepped or level premiums. Stepped premiums start out lower but increase as you age, while level premiums start higher but remain the same each year.
  • Choice of cover level. Level premium plans provide maximum benefit amounts of up to $15,000 while stepped premium policies can provide up to $30,000 of cover.
  • Capped premiums. Some insurers place a cap on your premiums, meaning that you will never pay more in total premiums than the benefit you receive.
  • Continuation of cover. Once you reach a certain age, for example 90 years old, you won’t have to pay any more funeral insurance premiums but your cover will remain in place.
  • Lump sum benefit. The funeral insurance benefit payment is offered as a lump sum, allowing your family to cover the cost of your funeral expenses.
  • Fast payment. Successful claims are usually paid within one or two business days, giving your loved ones fast access to the funds they need.
  • Accidental death cover. Funeral insurance provides cover for accidental death from day one of your policy.
  • Worldwide coverage. Funeral insurance for New Zealanders provides 24/7 coverage all around the world.

Can a New Zealander obtain funeral insurance through life insurance?

Most Australian life insurers do allow New Zealand citizens to take out cover, as long as they meet the policy’s age requirements and they are residing in Australia when they take out a policy. Check with your insurer for details on the level of cover available.

If you satisfy the eligibility requirements for life insurance from an Australian provider, you may wish to look for a policy that offers a funeral advancement benefit. This benefit represents a certain portion of the total sum insured, for example 10%, and it is paid quickly following your death to allow your loved ones to cope with any immediate expenses that arise.

The remaining life insurance benefit is then paid to your beneficiaries at a later date.

Tips to compare funeral insurance policies for New Zealanders

  • Consider your cover needs. Before you start shopping for a policy, make sure you know how much cover you need and the features you want in a policy.
  • Read the PDS. The PDS contains a whole host of important information on funeral insurance policies, including everything from the benefits available to the cooling-off period. Make sure you read the PDS closely to determine exactly what a policy does and doesn’t cover.
  • Make sure you’re aware how much premiums will cost. Stepped premiums increase every year as you age, so make sure you’ll be able to continue to afford cover into the future.
  • Look for a policy with a premium cap. Capped premiums guarantee that you won’t pay any more in premiums than the benefit amount you will receive. If this feature is not included in your policy, you may end up paying substantially more for cover than you would pay for a funeral.
  • Read reviews. Check out the reviews and profiles of funeral insurance policies at You’ll also find plenty of useful information on customer review websites.
  • Shop around. Don’t simply sign up for the first funeral insurance policy you find. Compare the features of multiple policies to ensure that you get a good idea of which ones offer the best cover.
  • Get multiple quotes. It’s quick and easy to apply for a funeral insurance quote online. Comparing quotes from multiple insurers will help you find value for money.
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