AAMI Income Protection
Protect your income with AAMI Income Protection Cover if you're unable to work.
Income protection insurance can help make sure that even if you are unable to work because of illness or injury, you still have money coming in to help pay for your bills and living expenses. AAMI offers income protection insurance which will pay you a monthly benefit of up to $10,000 to help you maintain stability in your life, and give you a chance to rest and recover, without being forced to return to work. The policy offers a range of additional benefits so you can focus on your recovery instead of worrying about your finances.
This review will outline the key benefits, what's not covered and eligibility requirements of AAMI Income Protection.
What does the policy cover?
Income protection insurance is designed to pay you a monthly benefit amount which you can use to replace a portion of your income to manage the major expenses in your budget. However, each income protection insurance policy offers different parameters for this cover, so you need to compare the features and the insurers carefully so you know the extent of cover you are getting.
With AAMI Income Protection Insurance, you can benefit from the following features and benefits:
- A monthly benefit up to $10,000: You can choose a benefit amount up to 75% of your regular monthly income, from a benefit amount of $1,000 to $10,000. If you make a successful claim, AAMI will pay 75% of your income or $10,000 per month, whichever is less. If you have chosen to accommodate inflation, your benefit will be plus indexation.
- What makes up your income benefit: The amount of your monthly income for the purposes of AAMI income protection insurance includes your salary, wages, reportable fringe benefits, regular commissions, regular bonuses, overtime payments and superannuation contributions.
- Income protection for the self employed and business owners: If you are self employed or you have an ownership interest in a business which operates as a sole trader, partnership, company or trust, the monthly benefit you can receive from income protection insurance is your share of the net income of the business before tax, that means your share of the business income after you have paid the business expenses. For example, business expenses may include motor vehicle expenses and depreciation. Your monthly income does not include any income which you continue to receive from the business even when you are not working, such as an ongoing profit generated by other employees, dividends, interest, rental income, proceeds from the sale of assets, income from any secondary occupations or ongoing trailing commissions or royalties. The income you insure if you are self employed is only eligible if it is a direct result of your personal exertions.
- Guaranteed renewable: Once your application for AAMI income protection insurance is approved, your policy is guaranteed to be renewable each year until you are 65 years old (provided you comply to policy conditions). Until that time, you remain covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and if you are overseas when you become disabled you will still receive up to two months of your benefit.
- Choose your premium frequency: You can choose to pay your income protection premiums fortnightly, monthly or annually to suit your budget needs.
- Choose your benefit period: Depending on your family's financial situation, you can choose a benefit period of 6 months, 1, 2 or 5 years. The longer the benefit period you choose, the higher your premiums will be now, but it does mean you have longer to recover and get back to work as normal.
- Waiting period: Waiting period can be 14, 28 or 90 days before the first benefit payment is made.
- Premium waiver: You can choose to have AAMI waive your premiums for up to 3 months during the time you are receiving a claim on your income protection policy.
- Indexation: You can choose to have AAMI increase your benefit amount each year in line with inflation, so that no matter when you make a claim, the benefit amount is always relevant to the everyday living costs at the time. Your benefit will be increased by the increase in the consumer price index.
- 30-day cooling-off period: You have a 30-day cooling-off period from the time your application is approved, to think about your cover, and change your mind if you choose. If you want to cancel your cover within the 30-day cooling-off period, you will receive a full refund of any premiums paid, as long as you haven't made a claim.
- Disability benefit: Income protection insurance from AAMI provides you with cover if you are unable to perform all of the important income producing duties in your primary occupation because of illness or injury, are not working, and you are under the regular care, treatment or following the advice of a registered doctor. If you suffer from the same disability within six months of your last benefit payment being made, this is classified as a recurring disability, and AAMI will recommence your benefit payments without you having to serve another waiting period.
- Mental Health Benefit: Under the Comprehensive Income Cover, mental health related conditions will be available for up to a maximum 2 years' benefits. Limitations apply.
- Returning to Work Benefit: To focus on health and wellness, Returning to Work Benefit is available for policies with a 2 and 5 year benefit period. It is intended to provide enhanced benefits to assist claimants return to good health and former lifestyles as quickly as possible
Who can apply?
You are not required to take a medical or blood test to apply for income protection with AAMI, instead your application is based on the answers you give in your application, your general health and your occupational duties. You can apply if you are 18 to 60 years old and an Australian citizen or permanent resident, residing in Australia. You must be working at least 20 hours per week.
Other things you might want to know
- Maximum benefit amount. The maximum disability benefit you can apply for under an AAMI Income Protection policy is $10,000 per month.
- Waiting period. You will need to serve a 14, 28 or 90-day waiting period after becoming disabled before you will be eligible to start receiving a benefit.
- Insurer. TAL Life Limited is the insurer of the Disability and Accident Benefit.
- Cooling-off period. You have 30 days from the date cover commences to decide whether or not AAMI Income Protection is right for you. If you decide to cancel your policy during this period, you will receive a full refund of any premiums you have paid.
- Benefit payment while overseas. If you are overseas when your disability occurs or at any time while you are disabled, your monthly benefit will only be paid for a maximum of 3 months while you are overseas. However, it will recommence when you return to Australia if you are still disabled.
- Recurring disability. If you suffer from the same or a related sickness or injury within six months of receiving a Disability Benefit, this will be treated as a continuation of your previous claim and you will not have to serve a waiting period. Any benefit payments you receive will be deducted from your remaining benefit period.
- Premium payments. Premiums can be paid fortnightly, monthly or annually from the credit card or financial institution you nominate.
- When cover stops. AAMI Income Protection cover ends when the first of the following occurs:
- You turn 65
- You cancel the policy
- The policy is cancelled because you fail to pay your premium
- You retire
- You die
Q. What is the maximum monthly benefit I can receive?
- A. AAMI Income Protection replaces up to 75% of your income, up to a maximum of $10,000 per month for disability cover.
Q. How and when can I make a claim?
- A. To make a claim for AAMI Income Protection, phone the insurer on 13 22 44. AAMI can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Q. How long will I be able to receive benefits?
- A. You can choose between a disability benefit period between 6 months, 1, 2 or 5 years.
Q. What waiting period will I have to serve before a disability benefit will be paid?
- A. You will need to serve a 14, 28 or 90-day waiting period before you will be eligible to receive a benefit.
Q. How long does cover continue?
- A. Provided you continue to pay premiums, AAMI Income Protection cover continues until you retire or reach the age of 65.
Q. Can I notify AAMI if my income changes?
- A. Yes. You may wish to change your insured monthly benefit amount if your regular income changes. You can contact AAMI to make this change and you may also need to provide additional health and lifestyle information.
Q. Can New Zealand citizens apply for AAMI Income Protection?
- A. Yes, but you must be residing in Australia at the time of application.
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