Types of life insurance in super
When reviewing your insurance, check if you’re covered through your super fund.
Super funds typically offer three types of life insurance for their members:
- life cover — also called death cover. This pays a lump sum or income stream to your beneficiaries when you die or if you have a terminal illness.
- TPD insurance — pays you a benefit if you become seriously disabled and are unlikely to work again.
- income protection insurance — also called salary continuance cover. This pays you a regular income for a specified period (this could be for 2 years, 5 years or up to a certain age) if you can’t work due to temporary disability or illness.
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.
TPD insurance cover in super usually ends at age 65. Life cover usually ends at age 70. Outside of super, cover generally continues as long as you pay the premiums.
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