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Q. What is life insurance? Life insurance provides a benefit payment if the person who is insured dies. This can be used to help you cover the mortgage, any debts and ongoing expenses.

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Name Product Maximum cover Maximum Entry Age Minimum Sum Insured Guaranteed Future Insurability Expiry Age Short Description
No expiry age as long as premiums are paid
Get life cover up to $1.5 million. Plus, Medibank health insurance members can save 10% off premiums.
No expiry age as long as premiums are paid
First month FREE when you take out Real Family Life Cover. Available for a limited time (T&Cs apply).
Choice of cover options and flexible premiums to suit your budget. No lock-in contracts and fast application.

No expiry age as long as premiums are paid
Cover up to $1.5 million with Guardian Life Insurance.
Protect your family with up to $15 million in cover. Plus, get your first month free. T&C's apply.
Receive a 10% discount on the second person when two applications are submitted at the same time, and both policies are issued.
Tailored life insurance so you know what you're covered for upfront. Take out a policy and get a $100 bonus gift after holding cover for 2 months. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 March 2019.
No expiry age as long as premiums are paid
Receive one month's premiums off every year if you pay annually upfront. T’s and C’s apply.
Get flexible life insurance up to the sum of $2,000,000.

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February 2019 update

A word on life insurance in Australia

Life insurance sold directly through an insurer has been in the news recently for 'poorer claims outcomes'. These situations however, don't represent all life insurance policies and are avoidable in most circumstances. When you buy a policy here's what you should know:

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by Maurice Thach

Life Insurance Publisher for Finder

Getting the right life insurance

Life insurance protects more than just your life: it protects your way of life. Finding the right mix of death, income protection and total permanent disability coverage can make a real difference to both you and your family’s futures.

February 2019 cost estimate: For a policy with a lump sum of $500,000 you could pay this much per month:

Use the calculator in the next tab to estimate how much you need insured.

*Prices are an estimate based on a 35 year old non-smoking male office worker. Quotes last checked on February 2019 and are subject to change. The actual cost is different for everyone as it's affected by factors like sum insured, medical conditions and lifestyle factors.

Answer three questions to see the coverage we recommend*.

Life insurance calculator: Find out how much cover you need.

1) How much debt do you owe?
Include mortgages, credit cards, car loans, student loans and other debt.


2) How much do your loved ones need each month?
Start with how much you take home monthly, adding rent, food and necessities.


3) How many months will your loved ones need the income?
Indicate how long you think your loved ones need before they can sustain themselves in your absence


Your recommended coverage:


*Our recommendation is simply an estimate. It's a good idea to speak to an adviser

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What is life insurance?

It’s in the name. Life insurance offers financial protection against your life. However, life insurance has many components, which provide benefits in different circumstances:

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Types of cover

Type What will you get receive a benefit? Maximum amount of cover you can get
umbrellaLife (or Death) cover
  • You pass away unexpectedly. A benefit will go to your loved ones in the event of your death.
  • You're diagnosed with a terminal illness where you're expected to live less than 12 months.
One brand (NobleOak) has a maximum amount of $15 million.

TPD cover

  • You can never work again e.g. you lose a limb. You can add what's known as 'TPD cover' to your policy. This covers you if a total and permanent disability leaves you unable to work.
Usually up to $2 million.

Trauma cover

  • You suffer a major illness e.g cancer. You can add what's known as 'Trauma cover' to your policy. This covers you if you go through a major illness.
Usually up to $2 million.
Income protection
  • Your income against illness or injury. You'll receive a benefit for a period of time to replace some of your income e.g. 3 months.
Usually up to 75% of your monthly income and up to $60,000 per month.
Personal accident
  • Insuring your income but only against injury. You'll receive a benefit for a period of time to replace some of your income. Some policies also offer lump sum payments.
Usually up to 75% of your monthly income and up to $60,000 per month.
Funeral Insurance
  • Insurance just to cover your funeral. If you can't get life insurance, then you might consider funeral insurance to simply cover funeral and immediate costs when you pass away.
Usually up to $15,000.

Note: If you want multiple situations covered make sure you let your insurer or an adviser know during the application process so you can get the right cover included.

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What expenses does life insurance help to pay?

Handling every day living expenses

Paying off a mortgage or buying a house

Taking care of your debts

Raising children

Is life insurance worth it?

Simply compare the cost of a $500,000 policy vs the average costs of life that may need to be covered if you're not around.

Comparison Average cost
Average cost of a $500,000 life insurance policy

$28.56 per month

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Cost of life insurance vs common expenses

The monthly premium for a $500,000 policy is around $28 for a 30 year old. Meanwhile, the cost of movie tickets for two people in Australia can cost around $39.

How do you actually compare cover online?

Research1 shows more people prefer to compare online than with an adviser, so you're not alone on this journey.

It's also pretty straightforward to compare online. Just follow this process:

1. Find out what cover you need

Consider type of cover you'll need and how much you'll need. List out the types with a rough figure of how much you'll need. For example:

Life cover: $1,000,000, TPD: $250,000, Income protection: $6,000 per month.

2. Compare prices and benefits

Use our quote engine to get an online comparison of:

Price, Features, Benefits, Age limits and more.

Or quickly compare cover without price.

3. Apply online or with an adviser

How much help do you need?

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Why use Finder to compare?

About our comparison service


Finder is independently owned

Unlike some other comparison services, Life Insurance Finder™ is independently owned and operated. Our guides and articles are written in accordance with our strong editorial principles and guidelines. Any life insurers we partner with do not approve our content or editorial direction.


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You won't need to enter your contact details to compare the prices and features of different policies online.

The only call you'll get will be from an adviser once you've decided on the cover you want. Try it out.


More than just comparison

We believe in giving you informative guides so you aren't just blindly comparing on price.

Empower your life insurance choice with knowledge that will help you even after purchase.

We're constantly reviewing Australian brands

A to Z listing of life insurance brands we review

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How do I find cover that suits me?

The process of finding the right cover involves asking yourself a few simple questions:

Guide: Right time to buy life insurance

How to keep the costs down when buying life cover

Here are some tips to get quality cover that won’t send you broke;

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Direct or through an adviser: Which is the right way for you to buy cover?

Both options have benefits to consider so it really comes down to your own personal preference. As a general guide:

What about group (super) life insurance?

Most superannuation funds have a default amount of cover that's standardised for its members. This means in some cases the amount and type of cover you have may be too much or not enough for you. For instance if you are younger with no dependants you might not need death cover.

The amount of cover can usually increased, decreased or cancelled altogether. Check with your superfund to find out how much cover you have and what you're paying for.

Life insurance inside super vs standalone cover

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1NobleOak Whitepaper: Life Insurance in Australia, Consumer Behaviour Transformation, January 2018.

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    tennaApril 8, 2018

    Basically, I am looking for a 300,000 life insurance policy that is ten a year term policy that is I can find one and one that I can afford (it may require me getting two policies but I would like to do one if I could).
    My issue is that I do not have a doctor that I have seen in the past 10 years or so. So, I don’t have any current or regular medical records to give to a life insurance company up front which is I understand what most of them want. I am willing to let them do a medical exam if they want one.

    Do you know of any companies that might offer this as an option for me under my circumstances?

    Thank you for your help and time.

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaApril 8, 2018Staff

      Hi Tenna,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder.

      While it is true that most insurers will look for your medical history, there are still companies who are willing to provide cover even if you don’t have the necessary documents.

      If you are looking to get life insurance cover in place quickly and are in good shape with no pre-existing medical conditions, you may be eligible for cover that requires very little if any medical underwriting. Many direct online insurers will now have a short questionnaire for applicants and if the entry level requirements are met, cover can generally be put in place without the need for further documentation.

      Please go to this page to compare no medical life insurance cover.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!


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    August 5, 2017

    I am 58 years old female and my husband is 67 years old. We are self-employed farmers. We are both non-smokers.We have no dependents. We have no superannuation or savings, shares or investments of any kind. We have about $100,000 in debt on our farm. Our home in also on the farm. I was thinking about taking out a joint policy with my husband. I’m not sure which company would insure us because of our age. I have no idea where to start.

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      LiezlAugust 5, 2017

      Hi Anne,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      The insurance companies listed on this page ( offer life insurance policy to seniors who are over 60 years old. You may fill-in your information on the form and receive quotes. Alternatively, you may get quotes directly from the brands listed on the table. Simply click the green “Get Quote” button.

      I hope this will help.


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    RosemaryMarch 14, 2017

    Can i get life insurance if im unemployed

    • finder Customer Care
      ZubairMarch 15, 2017Staff

      Hi Rose,

      Thank you for your question.

      You may be able to get life insurance if you’re unemployed but you might be declined coverage for the lack of ability to pay for the policy.

      Please make sure though to read the eligibility criteria, features and details of the policy, as well as the relevant Product Disclosure Statement PDS/T&C’s of the policy before making a decision and consider whether the product is right for you. If necessary, speak to the insurance brand to verify any details.

      All the best,

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