Income protection in South Australia

Live and work in South Australia? Get the right income protection insurance for your needs.

South Australia is one of the country’s economic powerhouses, with a thriving manufacturing industry, renowned vineyards and an immense retail sector. No matter which occupation or what industry you work in, whether you’re in Adelaide or the greater state area, having the right income protection insurance will ensure you and your loved ones continue living the life you’re accustomed to if disaster strikes.

Income protection insurance will pay benefits 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 return to work.

How can I get income protection if I'm a SA resident?

You can compare policies online and get a quote with an adviser. Alternatively you can compare directly with an income protection brand.

Compare cover directly SA workers with these brands

Name Product Short Description Maximum Monthly Benefit Maximum % of Income Covered Maximum Benefit Period Waiting Period
Cover up to 85% of your Income (up to $10,000 per month) if you can’t work due to sickness or injury. Cover for 1,000 job types - full-time, part-time and self-employed.

5 years
14, 28, 60, or 90 days
Receive up to 30% off in your premiums if you’re in good health and meet BMI qualification tests. T’s and C’s apply.
24 months
14 or 28 days
Take out a policy and get a $100 bonus gift after holding cover for 2 months. T's and C's apply. Offer ends 31 March 2019.
5 years
14, 28, 60 or 90 days
Get income protection cover (up to 75% of your income) without a medical test. Plus, Medibank health insurance members can save 10% off premiums.
5 years
30 or 90 days
Cover up to 75% of your monthly income if you can’t work due to illness or injury, up to a maximum of $10,000 a month.
5 years
30 or 90 days
Cover up to 75% (to a maximum of $30,000) of your monthly income with NobleOak Income Protection.
2 years or to the age of 65
30 or 90 days
Cover up to 75% (to a maximum of $10,000) of your monthly income with Guardian Income Protection.
5 years
30 or 90 days
Join Qantas Income Protection and earn up to 100,000 Qantas points. T&CS apply including minimum premium and policy hold periods apply to earn points.
5 years
2, 4, 13 weeks or 2 years
Receive up to 75% of your income (up to $10,000 per month) if you're unable to work due to serious illness or injury.
5 years
30 or 90 days

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How do I apply for income protection in SA?

To apply for income protection insurance in Adelaide, you can opt to visit an insurance broker or provider in person and speak with them directly. This gives you a chance to ask about both the cover and the conditions associated with their income protection policy. SA insurance brokers typically help business owners get the best cover for themselves and their employees, but are also popular for individuals seeking help with insurance policies.

If you can’t or don’t want to actually visit an insurance broker, no matter where you are in South Australia you’ll almost always be able to contact an insurer online or over the phone to set up an insurance policy without actually being there in person.

Do I need income protection insurance if I get SA worker’s compensation?

Income protection insurance and SA worker’s compensation (Return to work SA) are two different things.

What does workers compensation in South Australia cover me for?

SA worker’s compensation schemes only apply to work-related injuries and illnesses. In other words, they only pay out if your sickness or injury is directly caused by work. If you have a car crash on the way to work, it doesn’t count. If you have a car crash while driving to pick something up at your boss’s request, it does count.

How does income protection cover me?

Income protection insurance covers both, and offers around-the-clock coverage anywhere in SA and Australia as a whole, for both work-related and non work-related injuries and illnesses.

How much stamp duty do I pay for income protection in SA?

Stamp duty is a tax placed on a variety of financial service products, including income protection insurance. In South Australia the stamp duty is 11%, which will be declared and paid for by your insurer and factored into the cost of your premiums.

Income protection stamp duty in SA vs other states and territories

StateStamp Duty
Northern Territory10%
New South Wales5%
South Australia11%
Western Australia10%

Income protection for SA manufacturers and factory workers

Manufacturing is one of South Australia’s biggest sectors. SA alone makes almost half the cars produced in Australia. Manufacturing and assembly jobs like these, as well as steel fabrication, metalwork and other manufacturing occupations have a unique risk profile. The presence of heavy machinery and the odds of manual labour injuries make a significant difference to your insurance needs.

This often means you will find different prices for similar policies, as each provider calculates risk levels with their own different formulas, and because both the risk levels and pay can vary greatly, even within the same workplace.

One common outcome of this is disproportionately high costs for health and life insurance, and relatively low costs for income protection insurance in SA manufacturing. This is because occupational health risks make up a large part of the hazards you’ll face, and the medical costs are usually covered by SA workers compensation, health insurance and life insurance.

Income protection insurance, however, is more dependent on how much you earn, and not all policies cover medical expenses. Its premium costs are largely influenced by this.

Should I use an insurance broker in SA? How can they help me?

Insurance brokers can be particularly useful when it comes to navigating complex insurance issues. You can find a lot of income protection insurance brokers in Adelaide, and they’re particularly good at helping business owners with insurance for employees.

Insurance brokers are good for SA income protection insurance because they can help you with issues such as:

  • Crossovers in cover between private and employer health insurance
  • Having too many options and not knowing where to begin
  • Making claims more efficiently and effectively
  • Clearing up any misconceptions you may be having about your insurance policy
  • Answering any questions or walking you through the steps of signing up and claiming

What income protection conditions must I follow?

All income protection insurance policies come with some typical conditions and exclusions. Some of the more common conditions include:

  • You must seek medical attention for your injury or illness as soon as possible.
  • Policies will generally not pay out if you were injured while doing something illegal or acting exceptionally irresponsibly.
  • Benefits will not be paid until the end of the waiting period (the minimum amount of time between being injured and claiming benefits).
  • 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.

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Maurice Thach

An insurance researcher and writer for who loves finding an answer to the question "Am I covered for ________?" Maurice has also completed a Tier 1 Life Insurance and a Tier 2 General Insurance Certification under ASIC's Regulatory Guide 146. This means he can confidently provide general advice for life insurance and non-life insurance products.

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