Live in NSW? Find the income protection insurance that’s right for your needs.
New South Wales is one of Australia’s most populous states, with a variety of people in all occupations and walks of life. Because of this, income protection insurance is easy to find, either by yourself or with the help of an insurance broker; the hard part is making sure you have the right cover for your needs.
Income protection insurance can keep you going if you suffer an illness or injury that prevents you from working. It does this by paying out a portion of your usual income, typically 75%, until you’re able to get back to work. Income protection insurance lets you focus on recovering rather than stressing over finances.
Can finder.com.au help me find income protection if I'm a NSW resident?
finder.com.au allows you to compare policies online and get a quote either with an adviser or directly with an income protection brand.
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Some of the ways you can apply for income protection in NSW include:
- Online with an adviser
- Online directly with an income protection brand
- In person with a broker
In regional NSW areas, you’re more likely to have to contact an insurer online or over the phone, as it may be difficult to find insurance brokers in your area.
Income protection and worker’s compensation are two different things. The main difference is that:
- Income protection. Protects you around the clock at home and at work.
- Worker’s compensation. Only applies to work related injuries and illnesses, sustained at work or because of work.
Workers compensation pays for recovery expenses, not income replacement
Income protection insurance will pay a proportion of your normal income, while NSW worker’s compensation is more focused on paying the costs associated with a particular injury or illness.
Stamp duty is a tax placed on a variety of financial service products, including income protection insurance. In New South Wales, the stamp duty is 5%, which will be declared and paid for by your insurer and factored into the cost of your premiums.
State by state income protection stamp duty comparison
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Insurance brokers can be particularly useful when it comes to navigating complex insurance issues. A broker can help you with issues such as:
- Overlaps between health insurance, life insurance and income protection insurance
- Considering all the options, such as bundling income protection with life insurance
- Making claims more efficiently and effectively
- Clarifying any unclear or difficult to understand parts of your income protection insurance policy
- Answering any questions or walking you through the steps
All income protection insurance plans come with some typical conditions and exclusions. Some common exclusions include:
- No cover if you don't actively seek medical treatment. A requirement that you must be actively seeking medical attention for injuries and illness, and following the advice of a licensed medical practitioner.
- Illegal activity and putting yourself in danger. Policies will generally not pay out if you were injured while doing something illegal or acting exceptionally irresponsibly.
- Payments inside the waiting period. Benefits will not be paid until the end of the waiting period (the minimum amount of time between being injured and claiming benefits).
- No proof of your inability to work. You cannot claim if you cannot prove an inability to work due to injury or illness, or without a licensed medical practitioner’s say so.