HBF Life Insurance

Information verified correct on April 27th, 2017

Find out why life cover with HBF might be right for you.

HBF has been insuring Australians for more than 70 years and offers EziCover life insurance, income protection and funeral cover. HBF maintains a focus on straightforward, highly accessible policies that deliver effective cover for a wide range of needs.

What policies are offered?
  • Life insurance
  • Income protection
  • Funeral Advantage
Maximum cover
  • $1,500,000 (up to the age 45)*
Age of entry19-69*
How do I apply?Online or over the phone.

*Based on HBF EziCover Life Insurance policy.

ProsCons
  • Simple and affordable cover with useful features.
  • Cover is limited from age 45 for life insurance
  • Straightforward online or phone applications.
  • No TPD or Trauma insurance options available
  • 10% discount if your partner applies at the same time

What products are offered by HBF life insurance?

HBF offers three types of EziCover:

  • Life insurance: A lump sum benefit paid in the event of death or terminal illness.
  • Income protection: Ongoing payments if sickness or injury means you’re unable to work.
  • Funeral Advantage: Up to $15,000 in the event of death, with premiums that don’t increase as you get older.

What are the features of these policies?

This policy allows you to take out up to $1.5 million of cover, paid in the event of death or terminal illness. You’re covered anywhere in the world and you can access a range of long-term cover features.

  • Future insurability benefit. Increase your cover by up to $100,000 each year until the age of 54 without having your personal circumstances reassessed. You can do this within 30 days of the policy anniversary following marriage, the birth of a child, divorce, the death of a spouse or becoming a fulltime carer.
  • Guaranteed renewable. This policy cannot be cancelled by the health fund, as long as you meet policy obligations.
  • Inflation protection. Receive annual benefit increases of either 5%, or an amount based on the consumer price index, whichever is greater.
  • Advance benefit. $15,000 will be paid out in advance to help with immediate expenses.
  • Discounts. Your first month of cover is free, with 5.7% off if you pay your premiums annually and 10% off your partner’s policy if your policies are purchased at the same time.
  • Accessibility. Available until the age of 69, making it more accessible than many other policies. You can take out a policy online or over the phone and will generally not need to undergo any medical tests.

This is a flexible income protection policy suitable for workers, homemakers, contractors and more. Available up to the age of 59, this policy will pay monthly benefits of up to 75% of your pre-disability income, up to a maximum of $12,000 per month, as well as other benefits.

  • Lump sum benefits. A lump sum benefit will be paid for heart attack, cancer or stroke, as well as a $500 return-to-work payment at the end of the benefit period.
  • Waived premiums. Premiums are waived while receiving benefit payments.
  • Affordable options. Premiums are tax deductible for most, the first month of cover is free and you can get a 5.7% discount if you pay your premiums annually, as well as a 5% discount if you already hold an HBF EziCover life insurance policy.
  • Flexibility. Inflation protection ensures you retain suitable cover if your income increases and you can reduce your cover if your income decreases. A Premium Holiday feature allows you to pause cover if needed.

There are three cover types within this policy to suit a range of situations:

  • Sickness and injury: Pays a benefit if you are unable to work due to sickness or injury. Available to people who are permanently employed and working more than 20 hours per week. Available to the self-employed and contractors who have been in the same business more than 12 months.
  • Essentials: Available to those with an income of under $16,000 per annum, including homemakers, casual workers, contractors or self-employed individuals who have been in business for less than 12 months and others without regular employment. This cover type pays out if you are unable to work and unable to perform at least three specific activities of daily living.
  • Injury-only: If you have a medical condition that makes it difficult for you to qualify for the other cover types, you may be offered injury-only income protection.

A straightforward funeral plan.

  • Choose cover in $1,000 increments up to $15,000.
  • Premiums are guaranteed not to change for any reason other than government taxes and charges.
  • You won’t pay more than the sum insured.
  • Accidental death cover only for the first 12 months.

Ages of eligibility

PlanEntry age*
EziCover Life InsuranceBetween 19 and 69
EziCover Income ProtectionBetween 19 and 59
EziCover Funeral AdvantageBetween 35 and 70

How are premiums calculated?

With all EziCover policies your premiums are dependent on:

  • Cover. The higher the sum insured or benefits available, the higher the premiums.
  • Age. For funeral cover your premiums are based on the age you are when your cover begins. For income protection and life insurance, your premiums will typically increase based on age.
  • Gender. Premiums are typically higher for males.
  • Smoking. Non-smokers who have not smoked tobacco or any other substance in the last 12 months will generally pay lower premiums.

For income protection and life insurance, your premiums are based on your health and your pastimes. For income protection cover your premiums are also affected by how hazardous your occupation is and the other terms of your policy.

How are my premiums paid for?

You can pay your premiums via direct debit from your bank account. For income protection you can also pay annually by cheque or BPAY after the first year of cover.

Are there any other charges to be aware of?

You will be responsible for any direct debit fees charged by your financial institution. Government taxes may also be included in the price of your premiums.

It’s also important to note that income protection benefits are generally tax assessable, which should be considered when taking out cover.


About HBF

Starting life in 1941 with a focus on health insurance for Australians, HBF expanded to offer additional types of cover for its members, including life insurance plans. Today it's focused on retaining the feel, transparency and "members first" ethos of a members fund, while simultaneously finding new ways to offer more value to members and remain a competitive option in today's insurance marketplace, for the best of both worlds.


What are some of the key exclusions for HBF life insurance?

Life insurance and funeral insurance

For all life insurance policies, benefits are not payable for suicide within the first 13 months (12 months for funeral cover) of policy commencement or reinstatement .

Income protection

For income protection insurance you cannot claim benefits for:

  • Mental health disorders
  • Self harm
  • Uncomplicated pregnancy
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless resulting in over 90 days of disability
  • Cancer, stroke or heart attack within the first 90 days of policy commencement or reinstatement

For all types of cover you have a duty of disclosure and must inform the insurer of anything that may make insuring you riskier, such as any pre-existing health issues you may have.

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