Life insurance for people over 65

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Life insurance can often offer peace of mind if you have others relying on you financially or don't want to leave any outstanding debts such as a mortgage, loans or funeral expenses.

What you need to know

  • In Australia, there is a wide range of products available for people over 65.
  • Entry ages vary from insurer to insurer, but the highest age is usually 75.
  • You must disclose your medical history during the application process, including any pre-existing conditions.

Compare Australian life insurance policies for over 65s

You may have noticed that there are only a handful of life insurance providers in the table below. This is because some insurers won't take applications for people aged over 65. To make it easier for you, our table only shows the Finder partners that do.

Name Product Maximum Cover Maximum Entry Age Terminal Illness Benefit Average Claims Acceptance Rate Average Claim Time Sum Insured
NobleOak Life Insurance
$15,000,000
69
$15,000,000
Data not available
Data not available
$20,230 million
Get 2 months free when you apply for one or more life insurance types with NobleOak's Premium Life Direct policy before 30 June 2022. T&Cs apply
TAL Life Insurance
$2,000,000
74
$2,000,000
88.50%
3 months
$36,630 million
Comprehensive cover from one of Australia’s leading insurers. Get up to 15% off with TAL’s Health Sense program, plus counselling and financial planning benefits.
Medibank Life Insurance
$2,500,000
70
$2,500,000
91.70%
4.2 months
$31,745 million
With Medibank Life Insurance, you’ll also get access to the 24/7 Medibank Nurse phone service. Medibank health members will save 10% on premiums every year. T&Cs apply.
Zurich Ezicover Life Insurance
$1,500,000
69
$1,500,000
Data not available
Data not available
$12,444 million
Get your first month free and a 10% discount by taking out a second life insurance policy (discount applies to the second policy). T&C’s apply.
RAC Life Insurance (Only available in Western Australia)
$25,000,000
69
$25,000,000
Data not available
Data not available
$20,230 million
When you purchase RAC Life Insurance, WA residents receive complimentary RAC membership which includes access to discounts on fuel, savings on shopping, entertainment and more. T&Cs at rac.com.au.
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Why get life insurance over 65?

Your needs change with your life stage. It's why regular reviews of one's policy are important to ensure they do not have too much or too little cover in place. While everyone's needs may be different, some typical expenses that life insurance over 65 can cover you for include:

  • Outstanding debt. Policy owners in this age bracket may still have money owing on their mortgage and other personal debt.
  • Medical expenses. Medical expenses that may be incurred prior to one's death can be a significant expense for one's spouse or family to cover.
  • Funeral Expenses. Life cover can help cover the expenses of your funeral. Many policies will offer a funeral payment which is a portion of the sum-insured. Another option is to compare standalone funeral insurance.

How long will life insurance cover last?

The maximum entry age on life insurance policies in Australia can vary between providers but generally, people can take out cover if they are between the ages of 18 and 75.

A policy expiry age can also impact the length of your life insurance policy. This is the age at which your policy will automatically terminate. It is usually between 99 and 130 years of age. For example, if you're currently 70, you could purchase a policy with a maximum entry age of 70 or above and an expiry age of 100 and be covered until you turn 100 years old.

BrandsLife Cover Maximum Entry AgePolicy Expiry Age
75
100
70
99
75
100
69
99
75
99
65
75
73
130
70
100
75
130
70
99
69
99
69
99

The figures in this table were correct at the time of publishing. Make sure you check the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to see you if you're eligible to apply.

What types of life insurance are over 65s eligible for?

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Term life insurance for people over 65

Term life insurance, also known as 'death cover', is the standard type of life insurance you can get in Australia. It covers you for a period of time (for example - until the age of 99) and will pay a lump sum benefit to your loved ones if you die during this time.

  • Terminal illness benefit. Receive 100% of your life cover sum insured if a certified medical practitioner diagnoses you with a terminal illness.
  • Benefit indexation. Ensures your sum insured (and premiums) keeps pace with inflation over the life of the loan.
  • Premium freeze. Freeze premium payments for a specified period. This feature is generally only available with stepped premiums.
  • Funeral expenses benefit. An advanced payment of a portion of the sum-insured is paid to nominated beneficiaries to help them cover immediate expenses following death.
  • Financial planning reimbursement. Beneficiaries are reimbursed for the cost of obtaining a financial plan from a certified financial adviser.

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Trauma insurance for people over 65

People over age 65 may wish to consider adding Trauma Insurance to their life insurance plan, either as a linked benefit on their policy or as a standalone policy.

Trauma cover, also known as 'critical illness cover', can offer policyholder protection for up to 50 different medical conditions including heart attacks and strokes.

Some of the key features of trauma insurance include:

  • Buy-Back option. If the trauma cover is linked to a life insurance plan and a benefit is paid for a trauma event, the life insurance sum insured is reduced by what was paid for the trauma benefit. The buy-back feature allows the policy owner to repurchase the sum-insured 12 months after the claim was paid.
  • Chronic Diagnosis Advancement Benefit. Some policies will provide policy owners with an advancement of a portion of the sum insured following the diagnosis of a specified condition.
  • Conversion to loss of independence. As most trauma policies will only provide cover to age 70, some policies will allow policy owners to convert the benefit to a "loss of independence" benefit. This benefit can generally remain in force until the age of 100.
  • Financial planning benefit. Some insurers will reimburse financial planning costs so you can plan how to use your lump sum payout.
  • Death benefit. A lump-sum payout may be awarded if there is a death within 14 days of suffering from a critical condition.

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Total and Permanent Disability cover for people over 65

Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover pays a lump sum benefit if you can't work again due to a permanent illness or injury. It's important to note that most insurance policies have a maximum entry age of 65 but there are a few that have their cut off point in the 70s.

Some of the main benefits of TPD include:

  • Partial disability benefit. You can be paid a lump-sum amount in the event of partial disablement (e.g. loss of one arm or sight in one eye).
  • Buy-back option. If your TPD cover is bundled with your life insurance, when a TPD benefit is paid, the amount gets deducted from your life insurance sum insured. A buy-back option lets you reinstate that amount.
  • Death benefit. If your TPD cover is a standalone policy a benefit amount can be paid in the event of your death.
  • Benefit indexation. Your sum insured will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index to keep up with inflation.

Tips on how to compare life insurance

In addition to the benefits and features of the policy being applied for, there are some key things to look out for when comparing quotes on life insurance policies.

  • Sum insured. What is the maximum amount of cover that can be taken out on the policy?
  • Cost. Are you getting good value for money? Does the policy have expensive extras that you don't really need?
  • Waiting period. How long is the period between the claim being made and the benefit being provided to the policy beneficiaries?
  • Maximum entry age. What is the cut-off age for applying for cover?
  • Cooling off period. What is the duration of time after the policy being taken out that cover can be cancelled and premiums refunded?
  • Claims process. What is the insurance provider's claims process? This should be stated on the insurers website.
  • Cover renewal. To what age can cover be renewed?

These are just a few components of the policy to review when comparing quotes. An insurance consultant can help you compare different policies and explain any exclusions that may apply.

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    JOHNOctober 4, 2021

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW IT WILL COST

    JOHN HENDERSON

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      JamesOctober 13, 2021Staff

      Hi John,

      We aren’t able to state an amount, given that pricing depends on several factors personal to you such as your age, lifestyle, and health history. To get a quote estimate, you can click on the green Get Quote button above and you’ll be taken to one of our partners who’ll be able to provide this for you.

      Best,
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    AppecherlaApril 23, 2018

    1. What is the minimum age a child can be covered for life insurance?
    2. Is it compulsory for one of the parents also to have life insurance, for the eligiblity of their child insurance?
    3. What is the maximum sum allowed for the child insurance by any insurer?

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      JhezApril 25, 2018Staff

      Hello Appecherla,

      Thank you for your comment.

      These are the answers to your questions.
      1. Children’s entry age for life insurance is 2-18 years old.
      2. It is not compulsory for a parent to have a life insurance just to have the child become eligible for life insurance. Also generally speaking, life insurance cover for children is available as an additional benefit in a life insurance policy for an adult or the parent.
      3. Sum-insured is one of the things you have to check when comparing life policies for children. I’d suggest that you check out the page where you can see the list of insurers who may give cover for your child. You can also fill out the form to make an inquiry. I hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    LohSeptember 25, 2017

    Hi,

    I would appreciate if you can point me to a Life Insurance for my Mother. She is a Australian PR residing in Australia for 20 years. She is a non smoker good health and receiving Australian Government Pension. She is 80 years old. Which insurance company offer a policy as it has pass the minimum age of 65.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      HaroldSeptember 27, 2017Staff

      Hi Loh,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      While the maximum entry age is 79 years old you may still want speak to an advisor to check the other available options for your mother.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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