More than 70% of Australians that have life insurance hold it through super. Most super funds offer life, total and permanent disability (TPD) and income protection insurance for their members.
When reviewing your insurance, check if you're covered through your super fund. Compare it with what's available outside super to find the right policy for you.
Types of life insurance in super
Super funds typically offer three types of life insurance for their members:
Most super funds will automatically provide you with life cover and TPD insurance. Some will also automatically provide income protection insurance. This insurance is for a specified amount and is generally available without medical checks.
Cancellation of insurance on inactive and low balance super accounts
Under the law, super funds will cancel insurance on inactive super accounts that haven't received contributions for at least 16 months. In addition, super funds may have their own rules that require the cancellation of insurance on super accounts where balances are too low.
Your super fund will contact you if your insurance is about to end.
If you want to keep your insurance, you'll need to tell your super fund or contribute to that super account.
You may want to keep your insurance if you:
Insurance for people under 25
Insurance will not be provided if you're a new super fund member aged under 25 unless you:
Work out if you need life insurance through your super and how much cover you might need.
Superannuation and insurance can be complex. If you need help call your super fund or speak to a financial adviser.
Pros and cons of life insurance through super
Check your insurance before changing super funds. If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over age 60, you may not be able to get the cover you want.
How to check your insurance through super
To find out what insurance you have in your super you can:
You'll be able to see:
Your super fund's website will have a PDS that explains who the insurer is, details of the cover available and conditions to make a claim.
If you have more than one super account, you may be paying premiums on multiple insurance policies. This will reduce your retirement savings and you may not be able to claim on multiple policies. Consider whether you need more than one policy or whether you can get enough insurance through one super fund.
Before buying, renewing or switching insurance, check if the policy will cover you for claims associated with COVID-19.
When reviewing your insurance in super, see if there are any exclusions or if you're paying a loading on your premiums. A loading is a percentage increase on the standard premium, charged to higher risk people. For example, if you have a high-risk job, a pre-existing medical condition or you're classified as a smoker.
If your super fund has incorrectly classified you, contact them to let them know. You could be paying more for your insurance than you need to.
Making a claim on insurance in super
To make a claim for insurance through your super fund, see making a life insurance claim for more information.