Enter a few details into our quote engine to get a straightforward comparison of price, features and benefits, as well as age limits. Our comparison tool can help you save money on your policy.
3. Apply direct or with an adviser
How much help will you need with your application?
I want someone to walk me through the application
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I'm confident with applying myself
Get your cover directly with a life insurance brand. If you completely understand your life insurance needs and prefer to apply without the help of an adviser, then applying directly is a suitable choice.
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Life insurance is commonly referred to as life cover, death cover or term life insurance. It pays out a lump sum benefit if:
You pass away
A benefit will go to your loved ones in the event of your death.
You become terminally ill
If you are diagnosed with a terminal illness (you are likely to pass away within 12 months).
A life insurance payment can be used for expenses such as:
Every day living expenses
Other outstanding debts
How do I find cover that suites me?
The process of finding the right cover involves asking yourself a few simple questions:
What is the minimum and maximum cover amount?
Find out what you can actually be insured for and what you stand to receive in the event of a claim. Some insurers will allow for an unlimited amount of life cover to be taken out while others will cap it for certain occupations and age groups.
What is the maximum entry age and expiry age of the policy?
Consider age limits e.g. when you can no longer apply and when your policy will stop covering you.
If you are a senior looking for cover, age limits and when your policy will end can vary between insurers.
Can I increase my cover without having to take another medical check?
Some insurers will offer what is known as “Guaranteed Insurability” which lets you increase your cover without having to take another medical exam.
What are the policy features?
Look at the range of features provided automatically and those that can be purchased for an additional premium. It might be painful but actually taking the time to get an understanding of these and whether they actually apply to your situation is extremely valuable.
Can I combine the policy with other types of insurance?
Most insurers will let you combine your life cover with TPD and Trauma to ensure you have adequate protection for “living events”. Combining cover should result in a premium discount.
How is your occupation covered?
Conditions on the cover that is provided can vary between insurers based on your occupation. There may be insurers specialising in cover for your occupation i.e. if you are a high-risk worker.
How flexible is the policy?
Find out if there are any restrictions to adjusting your level of cover, who is covered on your policy and if you can remove certain features.
Considered speaking with a consultant?
An insurance consultant can help you assess your situation and find a policy to match your cover requirements. They can use their knowledge of the insurance industry to help you find discounts and insurers willing to work with your situation.
How much cover should I get?
Everybody’s situation is different so theres no perfect answer. A general tip is to decide on an amount that covers immediate and ongoing costs if you pass away e.g. rent and food so that your loved ones can continue life without you.
4 factors to consider
1. Outstanding debt you don't want to burden your family
Outstanding mortgage payments
Any personal debt you still have (personal loans, car loan, credit cards)
Savings you have accumulated
Assets that may be sold i.e. second car
Investments (property, shares etc.)
Life insurance you already have in your superannuation
2. Cover you already have your family can fall back on
3. Your families ongoing living expenses
Vehicle and transport costs
Food and other everyday expenses
Education/child care costs
Entertainment and vacations
Your age and the age of your partner
Earning capacity of your partner now and in the future
I've already got life insurance in my Superannuation, is it enough?
Most superannuation funds will provide members with a default level of cover which can be increased, decreased or cancelled altogether. If your employer is making super contributions through a default super fund, you most likely have a default level of cover for you. The cover provided in your super may be sufficient for your situation but you need to weigh up the benefits and drawbacks of this option and whether you require an additional level of protection;
Benefits of funding through super
Generally cheaper as cover is purchased in bulk by super fund.
You'll have to of lived in Australia for a period of 6 months and are intending to apply for permanent residency
Your Visa permits you to stay in Australia for a period of at least 2 - 4 years
I'm over 70 years of age? Yes. Most insurers provide cover to applicants up to age 75 (age next birthday) and some offer cover for customers up to age 79 (age next birthday). Most brands will reduce the level of cover that older applicants can apply for.
I have a pre-existing condition? It will depend on the nature of the condition and any treatment you are undergoing and the insurer themselves. The insurer will either exclude the condition from cover, request you submit more details about the condition or automatically accept it.
I work in a high-risk job? You will probably be required to pay a higher premium for cover than an office worker. It’s worth discussing your occupation with a consultant to give yourself the best chance of finding an insurer willing to offer competitive cover for your occupation.
Don’t want to overpay but don’t want to be under protected?
Here are some tips to get quality cover that won’t send you broke;
Buy young and lock in a competitive rate.Taking out cover when you are younger means you can lock in a more competitive rate as oppose to when you're older and more prone to pre-existing conditions. Cover is guaranteed renewable so you don’t have to worry about being knocked back further down the track.
Find out how much cover you actually need. Take the time to assess what needs to be covered in the event your death/serious injury.
Find out what cover you already have. You may already have some cover from your or your employers superannuation fund. Find out how much is included and if extra cover is necessary.
Take the time to shop around. Comparing policies with a consultant from a range of insurers gives you a greater chance of finding the right cover at a competitive rate.
Consider salary continuance insurance. Salary continuance maybe more suitable if you are younger and don't have as many financial dependants.
Still need help? Check out these answers to common questions
Whether you need it
Q. I’m young, single and no one is dependent on me...why get cover?
A. You may not want to pass on outstanding mortgage debt, personal debt or final expenses i.e funeral costs to your family and friends. What about income protection or TPD? If you suffer a serious injury and can’t work for a few months or ever again, what would you do then?
Q. Am I better off just putting funds into a high interest savings account?
A. Most people are not fortunate enough to have adequate funds invested in a high-interest account that would be enough to cover their outstanding debts and give their family support for the future. With some life and disability claims reaching up to $2 million … it’s a fair wad of cash to just have sitting around!
Q. Aren't I already covered by my health insurance for illness and injury?
A. Not exactly. Health insurance covers medical expenses that are associated with sickness and injury but does not provide support for bills, debts or loss of income if you can’t work for an extended period or ever again. Life insurance covers the gap between the expenses covered by health insurance and additional costs of ongoing treatment, rehabilitation and loss of income.
Receiving a life insurance quote
Q. How do I receive a quote?
A. You receive a quote for cover by entering your details in the form above. A certified insurance consultant will then call you to discuss different policy options and provide you with a preliminary quote based on these details.
Q. Why can't I receive a quote online?
A. Life Insurance and Income Protection are not straightforward types of insurance and the cover that is available to you and what you will pay for it is greatly impacted by your own personal characteristics. Based on your Gender, Smoking Status, Age, Type of Protection, Occupation, Income and Level of Protection required a consultant can provide you with a preliminary quote for cover.
This preliminary quote can then change based on a number of factors including;
Any pre-existing medical conditions that you may have.
Nature of activities carried out in your occupation.
The policy you choose.
Style of premium you choose.
The policy fee charged
Stamp duty that is charged
Q. What companies can I receive a quote for?
A. The insurance consultants that finder.com.au work with have access to major life insurance brands in Australia and may have access to smaller specialist insurance groups as well. You can view the main panel of insurance brands that you can receive a quote for here.
Applying for cover
Q. Who can apply?
A. Australian and New Zealand Citizens, and Australian permanent residents (those residing in Australia at time of application). Age restrictions vary between brands and cover selected.
Q. What if I already have cover in place?
A. An insurance consultant can help you review your current policy to help you decide whether you can benefit switching to another option or increasing/decreasing the level of cover in your current policy.
Q. When will I be classed as a smoker?
A. Insurers class anyone that has smoked tobacco or any other substance in the last 12 months as a smoker.
A. No, generally they will be required to take out a separate policy.
Q. Do I need to do a medical or blood test when applying?
A. Most insurers will only require medical or blood tests at application if the insured has a pre-existing condition that needs to be assessed further. Additional evidence may be required in the event of a claim.
Q. Can I get cover if I have a medical condition?
A. It depends on the condition and treatment. Every insurer has different conditions for pre-existing conditions so it is best to check the PDS before taking out cover. If the insurer decides that your pre-existing medical condition presents to great a risk for them, they will generally exclude it from cover. As an example if you are applying for cover and have a history of back problems, your insurer may exclude all claims related to back conditions from your policy.
Q. Is there anything I can do if I have taken out cover and my condition is not covered?
A. There are generally two options available to you:
It might be worth speaking with an insurance consultant to see if there are any other companies out there that are willing to provide you with cover. Assessment criteria is not the same for all insurers so it's always worth looking around if you have struggled to get cover due to a medical condition.
You may also be able to have your current insurer review your condition when it comes time to renew your policy to see if the exclusion can be lifted if your situation has changed.
Q. When won't I be paid for life insurance?
A. Generally all deaths are covered except for suicide within the first 13 months of the policy. Accident only life cover will only provide cover for death that is the result of an accident. Some policies may exclude death related to pre-existing medical conditions for a set number of years from the start date of the policy.
Q. When won't I be paid for TPD, Trauma or Income Protection Cover?
A. Most policies will not pay a benefit for claims arising from;
Intentional self-inflicted injury or self harm.
Acquiring HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C unless if through performing duties of the your occupation.
Disablement caused during engagement in armed forces of any country.
Claims related to pregnancy, uncomplicated childbirth or miscarriage.
Claims caused by your engagement in unlawful acts.
Claims from aviation activity unless you are a fare paying passenger on a scheduled flight.
Q. Can I increase or decrease my level of cover?
A. Yes. You can apply to increase or decrease your cover at any stage to meet your needs. It’s worth noting that you will be required to undertake another round of assessments with your insurer.
A. Yes. Most policies offer 30 day cooling off period whereby premiums paid during this period will be refunded. No premiums will be refunded if you cancel your policy after the cooling off period.
Q. Do life insurance brands still offer surrender value for policies?
A. No. Life insurance is not an investment product and is designed to pay a benefit for death, terminal illness, injury or illness.
Q. Am I covered overseas?
A. Yes. Most policies provide cover 24 hours a day anywhere in the world. Countries that have been advised against travel are generally not covered.
Making a claim
Q. If I pass away, how is my claim paid?
A. In the event of your death, your life insurance brand or super fund trustee will pay out the nominated death benefit to one or more of your financial dependents or to your estate. A “binding nomination” can ensure the benefit from the cover in your super is paid to the beneficiary of your choice. You should make sure your estate has the necessary documentation so that they can claim on your behalf (see below).
Q. How can I make sure that cover from my super fund is paid to my beneficiary?
A. If you have life insurance through your superannuation and are concerned about who will receive the benefit payment, you can make what is known as a binding death benefit nomination. A binding nomination allows you to nominate exactly who will receive what in the event of your death, essentially making your Estate Planning more certain.
Q. Who can be nominated with a binding nomination?
A. A binding nomination can be taken out on;
Your current spouse.
Child of any age.
People that are financially dependent on you at the time of your death.
The benefit payment can be distributed among the different beneficiaries provided you give details of the share you wish to be given to each beneficiary.
Q. What does a beneficiary need to provide to claim a benefit from a deceased policyholder?
A. Generally, the beneficiary will need to provide:
A completed claim form.
Original policy document and policy schedule.
A copy of the deceased’s birth certificate.
A certified copy of the deceased’s will.
Probate or letters of administration.
Q. Do I have to keep paying premiums if I make a claim for injury or illness?
A. If you claim for injury or illness on a life cover policy, your benefit will be reduced by the amount paid and your premiums adjusted accordingly.
Q. What happens if I can't make a life insurance payment?
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