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Life insurance pays a lump sum to you or your loved ones if you suffer a serious medical condition or die. It can help pay off the mortgage, cover your kids' school fees, or pay off outstanding debts.
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Generally speaking, life insurance is a policy which pays your family a lump sum when you die. In some cases, it'll also pay out if you're diagnosed with a terminal illness which can help with any end of life care you may need.
With life insurance, you get to choose the size of the lump sum you'd like your loved ones to receive. The more cover you have, the higher your premiums will be, so make sure you're getting the right amount of cover for your needs. A financial advisor can help you figure this out.
Although you get the freedom to choose the lump sum, some insurance providers have set limits for the amount you can take out. For example, you may have to choose a lump sum of between $50,000 and $1.5 million. However, there are insurance companies which don't set upper or lower limits to payouts, so you could pick a payout of $10,000 or $10 million if you liked. You may be asked to justify the level of cover though.
While this type of policy is generally referred to as life insurance, you may also see it referred to as death cover, term life or whole life insurance. That's because there are other types of life insurance which pay out when you're sick or injured, instead of when you die. We'll go into these further down the page.
The important thing to know is that, whichever type of life insurance you choose, it will act as a financial safety net for you and your family. It means, if the worst happens, your loved ones will still be able to afford the mortgage and pay off any debts. Getting through an illness, or grieving a loved one, is hard enough without money worries on top.
There's an easy way to figure out whether life insurance is right for you.
If you answer YES to any of these questions, you should seriously consider life insurance:
If you answer NO to any of these questions, you should seriously consider life insurance:
Did you know? Savings are scarce. A Finder survey revealed the average Aussie has just $28,186 in cash savings.
Life insurance is often used as an umbrella term to describe lots of different types of insurance. You can either buy a standalone policy or bundle several policies together to create cover which is perfectly tailored to you and your family.
Pays a lump sum when you die. In some cases, it may also pay out if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Pays a lump sum if you are diagnosed with a specific medical condition, such as meningitis or cancer.
Short for total and permanent disability. Pays a lump sum if you are rendered totally and permanently disabled due to injury or illness. In some cases, it will pay a smaller lump sum if you are partially disabled.
Pays a monthly benefit if you are unable to work due to illness or injury. Usually, it will only pay up to 75% or 85% of your typical wage.
Pays a lump sum benefit if you are injured or killed. Does not provide cover for illnesses.
Pays a lump sum to your family when you die, which they can use to cover the cost of your funeral.
It's possible you'll want more than one type of life insurance, so you can have peace of mind that you'll be covered in lots of different situations.
If you're unsure which type, or types, are right for you, start by focussing on your motivation for buying life insurance.
I want to make sure my family will be okay if I die
Life insurance / death cover might be right for you.
I want to make sure I can maintain my lifestyle if I can't work for a while
Income protection insurance might be right for you.
I want financial help if I suffer a serious injury or critical illness
Trauma insurance or personal accident insurance might be right for you.
I want to be able to cope if an injury or illness stops me from ever working again
TPD insurance might be right for you.
I don't want my family to have to pay for my funeral
Funeral insurance might be right for you.
I already know that my family and I will be fine no matter what happens
You may not need life insurance at all.
Remember, you can mix and match different types of life insurance to create cover which is perfect for you and your family.
For example, combining death cover with income protection would mean you're protected if an injury or illness stops you from working, and your family will also be protected if you die.
There are 3 ways to get life insurance in Australia, they are known as direct, retail and super. Each option has its own pros and cons. Check them out below to figure out which way might be best for you.
|What it means||Pros||Cons|
|Direct||Do the research yourself and speak to an insurer directly||✅ Quick approval process
✅ Might not require a medical
|❌ You have to do the research yourself
❌ Typically has more exclusions
|Retail||Get advice from a broker who then finds the best cover for you||✅ Get expert guidance from a broker
✅ More comprehensive cover
|❌ Longer approval process
❌ May require a medical
|Super||Get it through your super fund||✅ Guaranteed acceptance
✅ Very convenient
|❌ Premiums eat into your super balance and affect your retirement
❌ Typically far more restrictive cover
Check out the list of Aussie providers below. We've rated them based on the features each brand offers and again on their pricing. You might find some of the lower scoring brands for features have the better pricing, so weigh up your options carefully!
⭐️ Features are rated out of 3 stars. The more features offered the higher the star rating.
*In some instances we weren't able to get pricing data, this is generally because this cover is taken out through an advisor or broker
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Methodology - How did we make this decision?
As part of our research for the 2020 Finder Awards, we looked at 20 insurance policies and the features they offered. The features were weighted and given a score out of 10, which we then converted into a star score out of 3.
The features were weighted as follows:
So you're already well on your way to buying life insurance - but there are a few things you should always check before signing on the dotted line.
📌 What's covered and what's excluded
📌 How much cover you currently have through your super
📌 What personal information you'll need to give the insurer
📌 How your premiums may change over time
📌 What the waiting periods are
📌 How you make a claim
📌 How the claims process works
📌 Customer reviews for the insurer
Did you know? Finder surveyed 5,050 Aussies and found 19% already had income protection insurance while a further 13% plan on getting it.
Lots of different factors influence the cost of life insurance. That's why it's so important to get a personalised quote before deciding whether it's right for you or not.
|Age||Younger people will pay less for life insurance|
|Biological sex||In general, women pay less for life insurance but more for income protection|
|Profession||People with riskier jobs will pay more for life insurance|
|Smoking||Non-smokers will enjoy cheaper life insurance premiums|
|Overall health||People without pre-existing medical conditions may pay less|
|Cover amount||The higher the potential benefit, the higher the monthly premiums|
That's a tough question. You have to take lots of different factors into consideration when deciding how much life insurance you should get, including:
We know, it's a lot. So we created a calculator to help you figure it out. However, you should only use this as a starting point. If you want expert advice, you should speak to an advisor.
Did you know? In a Finder survey of over 10,500 people, 27% reported that they already struggle to pay their rent or mortgage.
You can buy life insurance whenever you like but there are a few life stages which often prompt people to get cover. They include:
Aside from the peace of mind life insurance can give you and your family, there are lots of concrete benefits that make life insurance a worthwhile investment:
Keep up with the rent or mortgage
Don't fall into debt if you're unable to work
Cover medical expenses if you prefer private healthcare
Pay for a nurse if you need home care
Afford everyday items, like groceries and utility bills
Make sure your family will be okay without your income
Did you know?Most people can get life insurance. In a Finder survey of 5,050 Aussies, only 2% had been refused cover by a life insurer.
People from all different walks of life can benefit from life insurance, but not every policy is suited to every person. Take a look at the personas below to see how each one has created a life insurance package which suits their specific situation.
☑️ Toby, 30 Self-employed
☑️ Single dad
Toby isn't entitled to workers compensation or paid sick leave so income protection insurance guarantees he'll still have money coming in if he can't work.
He also gets TPD and life insurance as his daughter will be financially dependent on him for many years to come. He wants to make sure she will be okay if something happens to him.
What did he get?
☑️ Keira, 45 Mortgage-holder
Keira and her wife have a mortgage that they wouldn't be able to afford without both wages. She takes out income protection insurance so they know if she is unable to work, they can still cover the bills.
Keira also prefers private healthcare so she takes out trauma insurance which will pay a benefit if she falls sick. She plans to use the money to cover medical expenses if the worst happens.
However, Keira doesn't take out life insurance as her wife wouldn't want to stay in the same house if Keira died. She would be happy to sell and downsize.
What did she get?
☑️ Tracey, 55 Owns her home
☑️ Adult children
Tracey and her husband have paid off their mortgage and have no other major financial commitments.
She knows they can get by on her husband's wage if she could no longer work and he will be fine financially if she dies. She decides she doesn't need life insurance.
What did she get?
☑️ Mario, 65 Retired
☑️ Adult children
Mario struggles to save money independently but wants to make sure his family won't have to pay for his funeral after he dies.
He takes out funeral insurance with a value guarantee, meaning he will never pay in more than his family receives.
What did he get?
Did you know? Debt is a big issue. In a Finder survey of 1,000 Aussies, 29% said they felt negative about their amount of household debt.
Buying life insurance is a big decision, so we understand you want to take your time and get it right. Luckily, we've got heaps of guides that can help.
Need more information on life insurance? Start with the very basics with our beginner's guide to life insurance.
Have any lingering questions about insurance premiums? You can check our guide on the different payment structures you can have. Find out if stepped or level premiums are the way to go.
If you're wondering what the tax implications of life insurance are, check out our guide which explains when life insurance premiums are tax deductible and when payments are tax-free.
Of course, if there's anything we've missed, don't hesitate to give us a shout. Drop us a comment below and we'll do our best to clear things up for you.
Life insurance is there to help when things get hard. Take a look at the situations below to see which type of policy would pay out
|Type||Death||Terminal illness||Permanent disability||Illness||Injury|
|Life insurance / death||✅||🆅||❌||❌||❌|
✅ = Yes 🆅 = Varies between insurers Ⓛ = Limited conditions ❌ = No
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