Best life insurance in Australia

Find out who we ranked as the best life insurance at our annual Finder Awards.

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The best life insurance policy depends largely on your personal circumstances, and our best pick may not always be the best for you. To give you a starting point, we reviewed and scored over 20 Direct Australian life insurance policies.

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Direct Life Insurance Award Winner: NobleOak Life Insurance

NobleOak's life insurance policy offers up to $15 million in cover which is fully underwritten.

It allows policyholders to increase cover in the future by 20% without another medical assessment. It also offers a counselling benefit up to $1,000.

  • $15,000,000
    Maximum Cover
  • $3,000,000
    Terminal Illness Benefit
  • $15,000 Funeral Benefit
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Your search for the best life insurance starts here

Updated February 20th, 2020
Name Product Maximum Cover Maximum Entry Age Minimum Sum Insured Expiry Age
Real Family Life Cover
No expiry age as long as premiums are paid
Get a refund of 10% of the premiums you've paid (in the first 12 months) with The Real Reward™ .
NobleOak Life Insurance
Get your first month free. T&C’s apply. Offer ends 27 February 2020.
AAMI Life Insurance
ahm Life Insurance
No expiry age as long as premiums are paid
ahm Health members can save 10% off premiums.
Zurich Ezicover Life Insurance
Get your first month free. T&Cs apply.
Medibank Life Insurance
No expiry age as long as premiums are paid
10% discount for Medibank health members.
Guardian Life Insurance
No expiry age as long as premiums are paid

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CompanyPolicyUnderwriter rating (Use Omnium)Upfront medical assessmentFuture InsureabilityLevel premiums offered?Price scoreFinder score
TALLifetime ProtectionN/AYes - OnlineYesYesD+C+
AAMILife Insurance93Yes - OnlineYesNoC+C-
NRMALife Insurance83Yes - OnlineYesNoD+C
AllianzLife Plan100Yes - OnlineNoNoAB-
Insureme NowSuperior Life Insurance CoverN/AYes - OnlineNoNoB+B-
GIOLife ProtectN/AYes - OnlineNoNoC-C-
SuncorpLife ProtectN/AYes - OnlineYesNoC-C-
NABEssential Life100Yes - OnlineNoNoCD+
BendigoMaxLife Life ProtectN/AYes - OnlineNoNoB-C
NobleOakPremium Life Direct100Yes (Over the phone)YesNoAA-
ANZLife Insurance100Yes - OnlineYesYesB+B-
HBFEzicover Life Insurance93Yes - OnlineYesNoA-B-
ZurichEzicover Life InsuranceN/AYes - OnlineYesNoA-B
GuardianLife InsuranceN/AYes (Over the phone)NoNoDC+
InsurancelineLife Cover83Yes - OnlineYesNoB-C+
MedibankLife Insurance100Yes (Over the phone)YesNoBB-
NIBValue Life Insurance83Yes - OnlineNoNoC+C-
RealFamily Life Cover100Yes (Over the phone)NoNoCC+
AHMLife insuranceN/AYes (Over the phone)YesNoBB-

Best life insurance for claims outcomes

There are three ways you can purchase life insurance in Australia:

  • Direct (bought from an insurance brand)
  • Retail (bought with an adviser)
  • Super (cover that's included with your superannuation)

Here are the top life insurers in regards to claims outcomes for each category.

Best direct life insurer for claims outcomes: ClearView

Best life insurance for claims
Overall claims score: A
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Direct life insurance is when you purchase directly from an insurer, rather than through an adviser or broker. You can do this online or over the phone.
Here's why ClearView Life Insurance bought directly has an excellent claims score.

Best retail life insurer for claims outcomes: TAL

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Overall claims score: B
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Life insurance bought retail is usually recommended through an adviser. The broker assesses your current financial situation and medical history to determine the level of cover you need.
Here's why TAL Life Insurance bought with an adviser has a high claims score.

Best super life insurer for claims outcomes: MetLife

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Overall claims score: B
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In Australia, it's often the case that you can buy insurance through your super. Your life insurance through super usually comes as a group policy, which allows you to pay a premium that's standard for all members.
Here's why MetLife Life Insurance bought through super has a high claims score.

Best life insurance for various categories

Best cover that is fully underwritten: NobleOak

One of the big reasons NobleOak took out the Finder Award for Best Life Insurance was because it is fully underwritten.

Best cover for older Australians: TAL Lifetime Protection and Qantas Life Insurance

Best life insurance for older Australians
Getting the best cover as you get older is not so much about the ability to get the most cover dollarwise, but the right amount of cover to suit your changing needs.
When looking at which insurer offered the best choices for older Aussies, we looked at three key areas: minimum sum insured, the maximum entry age and the policy expiry age. It turns out that both TAL and Qantas scored well according to our algorithm.

Best additional coverage: Guardian

Life insurance is a very broad term and can offer additional coverage such as total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance and trauma cover. Others provide cover such as counselling benefits and guaranteed renewability. We looked at how well insurers covered these areas and more and found that Guardian Insurance offered the best additional coverage.

Best income protection insurance policy

Winner: Virgin Income Protection Insurance

Standout feature: Up to $10,000 of income is covered (to a maximum of 85%)

* The products compared on this page are chosen from a range of offers available to us and are not representative of all the products available in the market. There is no perfect order or perfect ranking system for the products we list on our Site, so we provide you with the functionality to self-select, re-order and compare products. The initial display order is influenced by a range of factors including conversion rates, product costs and commercial arrangements, so please don't interpret the listing order as an endorsement or recommendation from us. We're happy to provide you with the tools you need to make better decisions, but we'd like you to make your own decisions and compare and assess products based on your own preferences, circumstances and needs.

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    LawandaOctober 25, 2017

    Is there life insurance coverage available for someone who has Sickle Cell Disease, which is a genetic, inherited disease from birth and not something that you contract?

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      JoanneOctober 26, 2017Staff

      Hi Lawanda,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      There are life insurances available to cover pre existing medical conditions. However, it is very important that you disclose any relevant medical history during the application process.

      Moreover, in applying for a life insurance, it is a standard practice that a client will be asked to fill out a questionnaire which would ask you some pertinent questions. The questions might ask you to disclose details about any health issues. On this page you can make an enquiry with an adviser to get possible quotes. And by entering your phone number you will get an accurate, personalized no obligation quote from an experienced life insurance adviser.

      If you can find an insurer who specialises in your particular condition, they will be able to assess your risk factors in a detailed way and give you the best value life insurance coverage.


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    JenniferDecember 4, 2016

    Is there a life insurance policy for a minimum of $50,000 payout?

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      RichardDecember 5, 2016Staff

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Several life insurance brands offer cover starting from $50,000 including ANZ, Noble Oak and Zurich.

      I hope this was helpful,

      All the best,

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