Best Income Protection Insurance in Australia

We scored 14 policies on price, features and add-ons. Here's who we ranked as the best income protection.

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Finder Award Winner: Best Income Protection Insurance Australia

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Winner 2020: NobleOak Income Protection

NobleOak Income Protection won the Finder award for best income protection thanks to their affordable cover and the range of unique features on offer.

NobleOak offers a higher maximum payout than the other insurers featured on Finder, so if you're looking for a bigger benefit, this could be the policy for you. You also have the option to receive benefits up until age 65 with NobleOak, whereas other insurers looked at by Finder limit payouts to five years or less.

Extra benefits including:
  • Spouse benefit
  • Nursing care benefit
  • Rehab expenses benefit
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Finder Awards methodology

Our 2020 Finder Awards for Best Income Protection Insurance looked at 14 online Australian brands across 12 different personas for both males and females aged between 30 and 50. We only compared direct insurance brands in Australia and our comparison was not whole of market.

Multiple quotes were obtained from each provider. The following product features were scored and weighted as follows:

  • Max Monthly Benefit Score: 25%
  • Max % of Income Covered Score: 15%
  • Max Entry Age: 10%
  • Benefit Period Options: 5%
  • Max Benefit Period: 10%
  • Waiting Period Options: 5%
  • Minimum Waiting Period: 10%
  • Interim Cover Offered: 5%
  • Redundancy Cover Offered: 5%
  • Death: 5%
  • Total/Permanent Disability Cover 5%

Overall score was calculated as follows:

  • Smoker Quote Score 10%
  • Non Smoker Quote Score 20%
  • Features Score 70%

You can read our methodology in full here.

Best Income Protection Insurance in Australia: 2020 Finalists

After reviewing 14 direct insurance brands across Australia, these were our awards finalists.

PolicyMaximum coverage offeredStand out features and benefitsApply
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  • 75% of monthly income up to $25,000
  • Highest amount of cover available on the market
  • Longest benefit period available, up to the age of 65
  • Death and TPD cover included
  • Interim accident cover offered
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  • 75% of monthly income up to $12,000
  • Wide range of waiting period options including 14 days
  • Affordable cover overall
  • Affordable cover for smokers
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  • 75% of monthly income up to $10,000
  • Four benefit period options available, up to five years
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How to find the best income protection insurance policy for you

Choosing the right income protection insurance is an important financial decision. Here are some key features to keep an eye on while trying to find the best income protection insurance for you:

  • Benefit period. This is the length of time benefits will be paid out for. Usually, you'll be able to customise this to some degree, but insurance companies will have a maximum limit – typically two years or five years, depending on the insurer.
  • Waiting period. Once you're unable to work, you must wait a certain period of time before you can claim. This is the waiting period. You can usually customise waiting periods, but they will typically be somewhere between two weeks and two years. Read more about the waiting periods for income protection.
  • Maximum cover. Insurance companies will also put caps on the amount of benefit you can claim. Typically, you'll only be able to claim a percentage of your current salary (usually 75% or 85%). However, insurers also set a maximum monthly benefit, usually around the $10,000 mark.
  • Cost. Prices can vary a lot with this type of insurance, and so it's worth shopping around for competitively-priced deals that give you enough coverage. Find out about the factors influencing the cost of your premium.
  • Premium type. The structure of your premiums can have a big impact on the overall cost of your policy. There are generally two types of premium structure you can choose from:
  • Stepped policies begin cheaper but increase every year in accordance with your age. They can become quite expensive as you grow older.
  • Level policies are more expensive to begin with. However, a level premium will not increase with your age so as you become older they can end up being the cheaper option.

Read more about the differences between stepped and level policies.

Important: Never buy a policy solely based on price

It can be tempting to buy an income protection policy because it's cheap, but if you don't check the benefits and exclusions, you could end up with cover that doesn't fit your needs and doesn't pay out when it comes to crunch time.

Find the best income protection for seniors

Unfortunately, you might struggle to find income protection insurance if you're over the age of 60. The table below shows the maximum entry age of different insurers as well as the age at which your policy would expire.

InsurerMaximum entry agePolicy expiry
AAMI6065
TAL5964
NobleOak5965
InsuranceLine6075

Find the best policy for mental health conditions

According to healthdirect.gov.au, about one in five Australians suffer from a mental illness every year, yet some income protection policies won't pay out if you're unable to work due to mental illness. Thankfully, there are income protection policies that will, including NobleOak and TAL.

If you want income protection insurance that will cover you if mental illness keeps you from working, it's worth considering one of these brands.

Find the best income protection for your profession

The price of your income protection policy will be influenced by the job you do – the riskier your profession, the higher your premium. However, a few jobs are considered so dangerous that some brands won't cover them at all.

This means if you were injured while at work, you wouldn't be able to claim on your income protection insurance. Instead, you'd only be able to claim for injuries that happened outside of work.

BrandExcluded professions / working conditions
AAMI
  • At heights above 15 metres
  • Underground in the mining industry
NobleOak
  • None listed in PDS
TAL
  • None listed in PDS
ANZ
  • Professional sports
  • "Special risk professions" – not detailed in PDS
InsuranceLine
  • At heights above 20 metres
  • Underground, underwater or offshore
  • At speeds above 130 kph (other than as a passenger on commercial transportation)
  • Performing stunts

Find the best income protection policy for your lifestyle

Some people live riskier lifestyles than others. Unfortunately, if you're one of those people, you'll probably end up paying more for your income protection insurance. Some brands may even refuse to insure you for particularly dangerous pastimes or hobbies.

The table below shows some of the dangerous pastimes that insurers may not cover you for. The list isn't exhaustive, so always check your PDS or talk to your insurer directly if you have any questions about coverage for more risky activities.

BrandDangerous pastimes
AAMI
  • Aviation or aerial pursuit activities other than as a passenger on a commercial airline
  • Riding on, or driving in, a self-propelled vehicle in any race, speed or reliability trial
  • Mountaineering, abseiling, rock climbing or canyoning
  • Diving to a depth of 45 metres or more
NobleOak
  • None listed in PDS
TAL
  • Training for professional sporting activities or stunts
  • Training for sporting activities involving animals or weapons
  • Boxing, competitive fighting, martial arts or combative sports
  • Solo hang gliding, skydiving or parachuting
ANZ
  • Motor sport speed contests
InsuranceLine
  • Training for professional sporting activities or stunts
  • Training for sporting activities involving animals or weapons
  • Boxing, competitive fighting, martial arts or combative sports
  • Solo hang gliding, skydiving or parachuting

Compare more income protection insurance policies

You can use some of the tips provided in our guide to help you find the right cover for you. Use the table to compare key benefits of some other different income protection policies at a glance. Continue reading this guide to see what else makes up the best income protection cover.

Name Product Maximum Monthly Benefit Maximum % of Income Covered Maximum Benefit Period Waiting Period Options Policy Type Apply
AAMI Income Protection
$10,000
75%
5 years
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If you’re an existing AAMI customer, you can save 5% on income protection. New customers can get one month free by paying annually.
NobleOak Income Protection
$25,000
75%
Up to age 65
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Get your first month free when you apply for NobleOak Income Protection before 30 September 2021. T&C's apply.
Insuranceline Income Protection
$10,000
75%
5 years
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Get a $100 bonus gift after 2 months. Plus, and get 12 months cover for the price of 11 if you pay annually. T&Cs apply.
Suncorp Income Protection
$10,000
75%
5 years
Apply directly online
Sign up and become a member of Suncorp Benefits. Access savings of up to 15% from major retailers. Existing members can get a 5% discount off their policy.
Commbank Income Protection by AIA Australia
$10,000
75%
2 years
Apply via Broker
Get income protection online in a few simple steps. Receive access to the AIA Vitality program and a 5% discount if you hold both life insurance and income protection policies with AIA & Commbank.
RAC Income Protection
RAC Income Protection
$10,000
75%
2 years
Apply directly online
You can get cover of up to 75% of your income, to a limit of $10,000 per month, with RAC.
RACQ Income Protection
RACQ Income Protection
$10,000
75%
2 years
Apply directly online
Easily purchase RACQ income protection online, with access to the AIA Vitality program and a 5% discount for joint policies.
Bendigo MaxLife Income Protect
Bendigo MaxLife Income Protect
$10,000
75%
2 years
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Take advantage of a 5% joint policy discount with Bendigo. Also, you can unlock policy savings through the wellbeing programme AIA Vitality.
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    jbOctober 14, 2019

    I am given $19,000 income protection for 13 months. They took 13,000. Is that possible? My salary was over 5,000 monthly.

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      JeniOctober 15, 2019Staff

      Hi JB,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      Please note that your monthly income protection benefit varies per insurer. The monthly maximum sum insured for someone is between 50% to 85% of their salary. I suggest that you verify with your insurer first on how much is your approved income protection and how much you should get.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    jeetNovember 4, 2017

    does income protection covered mental illness

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      MariaNovember 5, 2017

      Hi Jeet,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      It’s possible for income protection to pay a portion of your usual income if you’re temporarily unable to work because of health issues. Similar to TPD cover, mental illness is a significant contributor to these types of claims.

      You may want to discuss the history of the mental illness with your insurer to clarify the extent of the cover.

      You may find more useful information on this page on Life Insurance, Income Protection and Mental Illness.

      Best,
      Maria

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