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Life Insurance
Name Product Optional TPD Cover Optional Trauma Cover Maximum Cover
Finder AwardBonus
$3 million
(maximum cover)
No set limit
Our verdict: One of Australia's leading life insurers. Automatically includes child critical illness cover. Plus, it comes with a level premium option (e.g. costs remain similar as you get older).

⭐ Current offer: Get up to 15% off your TAL Life, Trauma or TPD insurance policy for life - if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 19 and 28 at the time of your application. Offer T&Cs on insurer website apply.
$1.5 million
(maximum cover)
$2.5 million
Our verdict: Medibank offers a higher payout limit ($2.5 million) than 15 other providers. Get a 10% discount if you're already a Medibank Health Insurance member.

⭐ Current offer: Save 10% on your first year of Medibank Life Insurance when you apply by 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.
Finder Award
$5 million
(maximum cover)
$25 million
Our verdict: Finder Life Insurance Award winner for the last 5 years in a row. Good value for money, simple application process and a high claims acceptance rate.
$1 million
(maximum cover)
$1.5 million
Our verdict: ahm offers a simple application process. You can be approved online or over the phone. There are no medical or blood tests needed.

⭐ Current offer: Get 10% off your first year of ahm Life Insurance when you apply by 31 July 2024. T&Cs apply.
$1 million
(maximum cover)
$1 million
Our verdict: The application is simple; it can be done with 1 phone call and there are no medical exams. But households with larger debts may need more than a $1 million payout.

⭐ Current offer: Get back 10% of the premiums you’ve paid after 1 year.
$1.5 million
Our verdict: There’s flexibility with AAMI as you can add another adult to your cover, with a competitive limit of $1.5 million. Easy application process with no medical exams.

⭐ Current offer: Save up to 10% on premiums every year for the life of the policy on AAMI Life Insurance. Offer ends 30 Sept 2024. T&Cs apply.
$1.5 million
Our verdict: Competitive maximum cover limit of $1.5 million. Suncorp lets you change your cover amount by up to $100,000 after a big life event, such as having a baby.

⭐ Current offer: Save up to 10% on premiums every year for the life of the policy on Suncorp Life Insurance. Offer ends 30 Sept 2024. T&Cs apply.

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We put every effort into ensuring information on Finder is accurate. This article was reviewed by Karen Eley from our Editorial Review Board as part of our fact checking process.

What is life insurance?

Life insurance pays a lump sum of money when you die or become terminally ill.

You can select how much you want to receive. Options typically range from $100,000 to $25 million.

The money is paid out to the people you nominate as the beneficiaries when you take out a policy. This means, if you die, your loved ones will still be able to afford mortgage payments, ongoing bills and other living expenses.

How much does life insurance cost?

A $500,000 life insurance policy costs an average of $35 per month for non-smoking 30- and 40-year-olds, according to our 2023 Finder Awards research.

To get this price, we gathered 40 quotes from 13 brands including TAL, NobleOak and Zurich for 30- and 40-year-olds (20 males and 20 females) applying for a life insurance policy. The payout selected was $500,000. They had no pre-existing conditions and did not smoke.

Actual quotes will vary depending on your personal circumstances. The cost of life insurance depends on your age, health, occupation and the benefit amount you select – for example, a $500,000 policy will cost less than a $1 million life insurance policy.

Other types of life insurance

TPD insurance

Total and permanent disability (TPD)

TPD covers you if you get severely injured or sick. For example, if you become blind or paralysed after a car accident and become permanently disabled.
Typical cover range: $50,000 to $5 million.

Trauma insurance

Trauma insurance

Trauma cover, sometimes called critical illness cover, is a policy add-on that pays a lump sum if you're diagnosed with a major medical condition, such as cancer or a heart attack.
Typical cover range: $500,000 to $2 million.

Income protection

Income protection

Income protection insurance pays a monthly benefit if you're unable to work due to illness or injury. Usually, it will only pay up to 70% or 75% of your typical wage for a period of 2 or 5 years.

Alex Holderness

I've never really thought about my life insurance, but after having a baby and buying a house in the same year I felt now was the time I needed to take out cover. Having a policy that would cover my mortgage payments is one less thing I now need to worry about.
— Alex Holderness, Finder's head of publishing, parent and homeowner

Learn more about life insurance

Our life insurance guides can help you compare and understand what cover option is right for you.

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Frequently asked questions

Karen Eley is the founder of Women Talking Finance, which provides money coaching and financial literacy and education services. An experienced and former financial adviser who has worked in financial services industry for 22 years, Karen is a Certified Money Coach (CMC), holds a Bachelor of Accounting and an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and CFP.

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Gary Ross Hunter was an editor at Finder, specialising in insurance. He’s been writing about life, travel, home, car, pet and health insurance for over 6 years and regularly appears as an insurance expert in publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian and Gary holds a Kaplan Tier 2 General Advice General Insurance certification which meets the requirements of ASIC Regulatory Guide 146 (RG146). See full bio

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