- Top pick: Features
- Top pick: Budget policy
- Top pick: Claims experience
Best life insurance in Australia
We scored 16 direct policies on price, features and add-ons. Here's who came top for the best life insurance.
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Life insurance comes in all shapes and sizes. None of them will be perfect for everybody. Luckily, you only need to find one that's right for you, and we can help.
Finder Awards: Best Life Insurance
Winner: Best life insurance Australia
Why do we think it's the best?
NobleOak won the Finder Award for Best Life Insurance in 2021 for a third year running. With high scores in pricing and features, it's an all-rounder that works for thousands of Aussies.
Why trust our picks?
We created an algorithm that scores policies based on more than 10 different factors, including price, specific benefits, claims outcomes and extra features. Using 12 different customer profiles, we requested quotes from 20 different insurance brands.
That's a total of 240 quotes! We then applied our algorithm to those 240 quotes to come up with an overall score for each brand. The highest-scoring brand was our winner!
Keep in mind: There's no single insurance brand that's best for everyone as all our needs are different – and what's best for you might not be best for someone else.
Finder Awards 2020: Life Insurance Finalists
Want options? We've got you. The table below shows the five highest-scoring life insurance brands from the 2020 Finder Award for Best Life Insurance.
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Top picks for direct life insurance
Using the data we collected from our awards research, we selected some of the standout brands we thought you should know about.
Remember to keep in mind that prices and features of life insurance will vary based on your personal circumstances. While we've tried our best to cover as many different details as possible, our picks don't reflect personal circumstances and may not be right for you.
- Best policy for features: NobleOak Life Insurance
- Best budget policy: NobleOak Life Insurance
- Best policy for smokers: Qantas Life Insurance
- Best policy for seniors: Qantas Life Insurance
- Best policy for parents: Guardian Life Insurance
- Best for claims experience: NobleOak Life insurance
Top pick for features – NobleOak Life Insurance
NobleOak scored far higher than any of the other insurance brands when it came to features.
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Top pick for budget policy – NobleOak Life Insurance
NobleOak came out with the cheapest average price for non-smokers, at $83.44 a month for $500,000 of cover. It's a particularly impressive feat considering NobleOak also scored highest on the feature score, so you can get great cover for a low cost.
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Top pick for smokers – Qantas Life Insurance
Smokers get hit with higher life insurance premiums because they're considered higher risk. However, it is still possible to get affordable cover in some cases. Here, we've highlighted the three cheapest brands for smokers, out of the 20 we analysed.
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Top pick for seniors – Qantas Life Insurance
Not all life insurance policies are geared towards older Australians. We found some brands had a maximum entry age as low as 59, while Qantas allowed 74-year-olds to buy a policy. That's the highest maximum entry age of all the insurance brands we looked at.
We also found a notable price difference in the cost of cover for seniors, with some brands charging as much as $407 a month for 60-year-olds to get $500,000 worth of cover.
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Top pick for parents – Guardian Life Insurance
Some life insurance policies also let you add cover for your kids. This means you can claim if they suffer a serious medical condition that's listed on the insurance policy or if they die.
It might sound strange, but that benefit lets parents take time off work to care for their kids, pay for the best medical professionals or arrange a fitting farewell.
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Top pick for claims experience – NobleOak
We looked at brands that offer life insurance directly to see which ones were paying out claims – and paying promptly. NobleOak came out on top, with a 95.2% paid claim rate for 2019-2020.
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What is the best life insurance
There's no one life insurance policy that's the 'best'. After all, everyone's needs and circumstances differ. But there are ways you can find cover that's right for you.
5 tips for finding the best policy for you
1. Work out the cover benefits you need
Be clear on your options and what you're looking for. Do you want a significant lump sum payout to make sure your family's looked after if you die or suffer a terminal illness? Is it important your policy comes with a funeral benefit that pays out quickly? Are you aware that taking out joint cover with your partner could unlock a premium discount of up to 10 per cent?
2. Pick the right cover amount
Don't just choose a benefit amount randomly. Work out how much your family would need to get by – and maintain their lifestyle – if you were no longer around. Knowing how much life insurance you need means you'll avoid paying more than you should. Try our quick quiz to help you calculate how much cover you'll need.
3. Compare a range of policies
Use Finder's comparison tool to compare life insurance brands. View each policy's key features side-by-side and filter by the features that matter most to you. Or click "view details" to see a more in-depth breakdown of each policy. If you're not certain what you need or how to find the best cover, speak to a life insurance adviser.
4. Be accurate when applying
You'll need to be upfront if you smoke or have any pre-existing conditions. Not being accurate during your application can invalidate your policy. This means you or your beneficiaries could have a future claim rejected.
5. Read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS)
The PDS (found on the insurer's website) contains the key points about your policy including its benefits, restrictions and exclusions. Knowing exactly what you're insured for will bring peace of mind. Thankfully, insurers are getting better at writing them without all the jargon.
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