Asteron life insurance review
Flexible plans and extra family cover options are benefits of choosing Asteron life insurance, but it's also worth looking at other plans on the market.
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Asteron life insurance: Our Verdict
- Asteron's maximum entry age of 75 was only bettered by Australian Seniors (79) across the 17 brands we looked at.
- You have the option to add child cover to your policy – more than two thirds of the providers we reviewed on our site didn't offer this.
- Asteron weren't one of the six finalists in Finder's most recent awards. So, it's worth spending a little time comparing your other life cover options.
Review by our life insurance senior writer James Martin
Why should I consider Asteron for my life insurance?
Asteron Life Insurance can help you with affordable life insurance options that will guarantee your family's financial future should something happen to you.
In total, there are five types of life cover available through Asteron: Asteron Life Complete, Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) Insurance, Trauma Insurance, Income Protection Insurance and Business Expenses Insurance. It's also possible to apply for additional Child Cover to increase the level of cover provided to your family.
Let's take a look at the key features of Asteron Life Complete.
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Key points on Asteron life insurance
Optional add ons
Key optional add-ons of Asteron cover:
Asteron Life Cover also offers a range of additional features, including:
- Business Security Option. You can increase your cover without the need for further medical evidence when a specified business event occurs.
- Child Cover. This offers a benefit payment if the insured child dies, is diagnosed with a terminal illness or suffers a specific medical event.
- Waiver of Premium Option. This option waives your premiums while you're disabled and unable to work for six consecutive months or more.
- Healthy Life Option and Healthy Plus Option. These options apply a discount to your premium based on additional health and personal information and other evidence.
Age eligibilty requirements
|Policy||Age of entry|
|Life Cover||Between 18-75|
|Life Cover Super||Between 18-65|
|TPD Cover||Between 18-62|
|Trauma Cover||Between 18-65|
|Income Protection Cover||Between 18-62|
|Business Expenses Cover||Between 18-60|
|Child Cover||Between 3-21|
Note: Age of entry is based on the premium you choose and other factors.
Asteron life insurance - pros and cons
Still wondering if Asteron is right for you? Here are the main pros and cons summarised:
- You are covered worldwide
- Premiums are waived if an event leaves you disabled
- You can pause premiums during financial hardship (up to a certain amount of time)
- Policy fee is added on top of your premium
- Premium rates can be reviewed at anytime
Note: Conditions apply, always consult the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS)
What affects the cost of my life insurance premium?
Your lifestyle factors
These are the minimums you will pay regardless of any discounts or loadings which may apply. Loadings are factors which push the premiums upwards and can include the following:
- Health and lifestyle factors
- Your current age, or the age at which you took out the policy, depending on your premium structure
- Your sex, occupation, smoking status and other loadings at the time of taking out the policy
The following factors determine the cost of your cover:
- Your sum insured
- The different types of cover included in your policy. More linked cover costs more, but generally less than it would to get each as a standalone policy
- The optional extras and other features included in your policy.
Your premiums will be largely dependent on which payment structure you’re on. The three options are level, stepped and mixed premiums. Read about the different types of life insurance premium structures.
Compare Asteron with other life insurance policies
These are situations where the policy won’t pay out. Some of these conditions may be imposed at the time you take out the policy, based on factors specific to you. For example, if you fly airplanes recreationally, the underwriter might want to write an exclusion into your policy stipulating that you have no cover in the event of an air crash, unless you were flying as a commercial airline passenger at the time.
For death, you cannot claim if it was caused directly or indirectly by self-inflicted acts within 13 months of the policy commencement date, cover reinstatement or an increase to your sum insured.
For income protection and business expenses type cover, the following exclusions apply:
- No cover for acts of war
- No cover for intentionally self-inflicted acts
- No cover for your voluntary involvement in criminal acts
- No pregnancy cover, or benefits for childbirth of miscarriage, unless you are continuously, totally disabled beyond 90 days
- No benefits payable while you are incarcerated for any reason
- When a policy is held inside superannuation, no benefits may be payable if the event giving rise to a claim occurred while you were unemployed.
Trauma cover, and other types of claims, may be rejected if the claimable event is the result of a pre-existing condition not specifically covered by your policy. This can include conditions you showed symptoms of prior to taking out cover if those symptoms would cause a reasonable person to seek medical advice.
What is Asteron's relationship with Suncorp Group?
Asteron Life Insurance is an important part of Suncorp's total insurance and financial contribution to the Australian and New Zealand public. From its humble beginning 179 years ago Asteron life Insurance has proven the importance life insurance has in the Australian community.
Today Asteron Life Insurance, as part of the Suncorp Group, covers more than nine million policyholders and has assets worth more than $93 billion. Other companies that now come under the Suncorp umbrella include APIA (Australian Pensioners Insurance Agency), Tyndall, Vero, AAMI, Shannons and GIO, making Suncorp a leader in Australian and New Zealand banking, investment, insurance and superannuation matters. Suncorp employs around 16,000 people and is a top ASX listed business.
Asteron Life Insurance is a specialist financial services organisation providing life insurance, risk insurance management, financial planning and trustee services for the Suncorp Group throughout Australia and New Zealand.
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