Income Protection for Miners

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Nobody likes to face uncertainty about their future, particularly when it comes to health and finances. However, the sad fact is that many of us do face uncertainty, as we never know when we might fall ill or suffer an injury, which could not only affect our health but also our finances, as it could leave us in a position where we are unable to work and earn money.

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Whilst none of us are immune from contracting an illness or suffering an injury that could leave us unable to work and earn money – at least for a period of time – there are some people who are at higher risk than others of this happening, namely because of the nature of their work and the dangers that they may be exposed to as a result of their work.

Things for miners to look for when comparing income protection

  • Clear definition of a miner. Make sure the policy defines the various types of miners clearly.
  • The cost of the cover. It is important that you are able to maintain the premium payments on your cover in order to ensure that the plan does not become invalid, so cost is a very important consideration for most people. Compare the cost of different plans from a range of providers but avoid compromising on the level of cover that you take simply to save a few extra dollars a month
  • The level of coverage available. When it comes to the level of income you can cover, the policies can vary from one provider to another. For example, some will allow you to cover up to 50 percent of your income whereas others may allow you to cover a higher percentage of your income.
  • Any additional benefits. Some income protection plans may come with additional standard or optional benefits. Make sure you compare plans to see what each one offers over and above the basic income protection cover.

Miners are amongst the groups of workers who face higher risks as part of their jobs because of the dangers that they are exposed to.

Miners are amongst the groups of workers who face higher risks as part of their jobs because of the dangers that they are exposed to, which means that they are more at risk of illness or injury that could render them unable to work and therefore risk their income. Whilst the pay for mining work is high and attracts many people, the risks make it vital for workers to take steps to protect their income in the event that they do find themselves unable to work and earn a living due to illness or injury.

How income protection for miners help?

One thing that can offer miners peace of mind and protection for themselves and their families is having some protective cover in place to help in the event of illness or injury resulting in the inability to work and earn money. It would be difficult for anyone to cope financially if they were suddenly in a position where they couldn't work and earn but for people like miners who are on a high wage and may therefore have a lifestyle to reflect that, it can be even more difficult.

Having a specialist income protection plan for miners can help to ensure that the financial impact of this situation is minimised. As a miner, having specialist miner’s income protection in place means that you would still be able to bring in a percentage of your income even if you were laid up with an illness or injury and could therefore not work or earn your wage. These insurance plans are a safeguard for those who rely on their income, enabling them to ensure that they do not have to cope with financial stresses in this situation in addition to the stress of being ill or injured and unable to work.

As a miner, having specialist miner’s income protection in place means that you would still be able to bring in a percentage of your income even if you were laid up with an illness or injury and could therefore not work or earn your wage.

It is always important to consider how you would cope with your various financial commitments in the event of being unable to work and earn an income, particularly if you have become used to a relatively high income. Without your wage coming in, even paying bills and buying food can become a challenge. With income protection for miners you can help to ensure that you still bring in a portion of your income if you are unable to work and earn your wage due to your sickness or injury, which gives you vital breathing space to get back on your feet.

How much should a miner pay for income protection insurance?

Miners may have to pay a bit more than average to get income protection cover. But it all depends on the nature of your work and how much you earn. Figures from Payscale.com suggest the average incomes for various mining jobs:

ProfessionAverage salary
Mining engineer$132,575
Geologist$112,500
Reliability engineer$143,465
Heavy equipment operator$140,000

To give you a clearer idea of income protection insurance costs, here are some example quotes taken from finder's comparison engine. Your own results will obviously differ depending on your income, location, age and job type.

*These quotes are examples only and are based on a non-smoking 35-year-old male coal miner from NSW. Your actual quotes may differ from those shown. These quotes are accurate as of June 2017.

How can I find the right income protection policy for me?

When you're shopping around for income protection insurance you need to have a clear idea of your individual circumstances and insurance needs. Here's what you need to look for:

  • Definitions. If you're looking at income protection insurance make sure there is a clear definition of your occupation (and how you are covered).
  • Stepped versus level premiums. Stepped premiums start out cheaper but increase over time. Level premiums stay flat (adjusted for inflation) but are higher. Learn more about the differences between the two.
  • Benefit limits. Policies often have an upper limit for benefit payments. Always check a policy's limits, especially if you're a miner on a high income.
  • Benefit period. Typically, income protection policies only pay benefits for a limited, defined period, usually between one and five years. Many policies don't pay out after the policyholder turns 65.
  • Agreed value vs indemnity value cover. Agreed value cover policies let you set your monthly income, and thus the benefit amount. Indemnity value cover calculates your benefit amount based on your most recent income level. So if you have a fluctuating income, an agreed value cover might cost more but it lets you lock in a suitable benefit payment even if you're injured during a slow month.

I have workers' compensation: do I really need income protection insurance?

Australian companies are required to provide workers' compensation insurance to their employees, including miners. While worker's compensation can offer effective benefits if you are injured on the job, it is much more limited than income protection insurance.

The first problem is that workers' compensation is very different in each state, and it can be difficult to know what benefits you may be entitled to in the event of a claim.

  • Depending on which state you are working in at the time of an accident, where you are living and what your employer’s workers' compensation arrangement are, you may be eligible for different benefits at different times.
  • Some states offer lower benefits, have stricter injury, illness or disability requirements and shorter benefit periods than others.
  • Depending on your location, employer and occupation, your workers' compensation might be managed by the state government, a private insurer or your employer.

Learn more about income protection and workers' compensation.

Extra benefits of income protection insurance

Here are some more reasons to consider income protection even if you have workers' compensation:

  • Unlike workers' compensation, income protection pays benefits for injury, illness, disability and death even if it occurred outside the workplace, or for reasons unrelated to your job. To get workers' compensation you have to prove that the incident was a direct result of your employment.
  • Benefits paid are typically larger, particularly in relatively high-earning areas of the mining industry. Each state has its own maximum limits for workers' compensation benefits and these might simply be too low. For example, NSW limits workers' compensation benefits to a maximum of $2,100 per week, which might not be enough for a family to live on.
  • You also need to consider the increased costs associated with an illness or injury that may not be covered under your workers' compensation policy, such as transportation, over-the-counter medications and caretakers. Once you factor these in it might become more apparent that you can benefit from additional coverage.

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Maurice Thach

An insurance-savvy writer for finder.com.au who loves finding an answer to the question "Am I covered for ________?"

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