Benefits of insurance cover through your super
- We work with our insurer to negotiate discounted bulk insurance rates for members.
- We run only to benefit members - you only pay for what it costs to provide your insurance.
- Your insurance costs (premiums) are deducted from your super account each month and not your take-home pay, so payments are hassle free.
Want to know more?
Our Key facts sheet is a quick reference guide and gives you an overview of our insurance offer. You can use it to help you compare our insurance with other funds’ insurance and choose the cover that’s right for you.
We’ve also put together some answers to these FAQs about insurance through your super.
Are members covered now that the World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 a pandemic?
Yes. AustralianSuper members are fully covered for death, TPD and income protection claims resulting from COVID-19. There are no pandemic-related exclusions. Normal terms and conditions and waiting periods apply.
Before making decisions, please see Insurance in your super guide for your division at australiansuper.com/InsuranceGuide for more details.
Can I claim Income Protection benefits if I’ve lost my job because my employer closed their business or I haven’t been given any shifts?No, income protection covers total or partial disablement only. Insurance against loss of income from business closure or lack of shifts cannot be provided by super funds.
Can I get additional insurance cover and will it cover COVID-19?
Yes. In particular we are pleased to support our members who are healthcare workers as they support the community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Normal terms and conditions and waiting periods apply.
Before making decisions, please see our Insurance in your super guide for your division at australiansuper.com/InsuranceGuide for more details.
What happens to my insurance if I lose my job?
Any cover you have with AustralianSuper will continue for 16 months, even if you’re not receiving money into your super account. You’ll need to have enough money in your account to pay for your cover.
After 16 months, unless you’ve received a contribution (excludes investment returns, investment credits and refunds), your cover will stop – but we’ll write to you before this happens. The letter will explain the actions you can take to keep your cover if you want to.
Income Protection through your super provides cover for total or partial disablement only. It doesn’t cover redundancy or lack of shifts. If you’re not earning an income for more than 12 consecutive months, there may be no benefit payable to you.
You can reduce or cancel your cover at any time. Any type of cover you cancel won’t restart if you start receiving employer contributions. You’ll need to reapply and provide detailed health information for the Insurer to consider.
What happens to my insurance if I have a reduction in salary?
If you have a reduction in your salary your insurance cover won’t change. If it’s for an extended time, it may affect the amount of payment you’re eligible to receive if you make an income protection claim. This is because benefit payments are calculated on pre-disability income. You should consider getting financial advice to work out the right level of cover for you.
Do I need to make any changes to my insurance if I change jobs?
You don’t need to make any changes to your insurance, but it’s a good time to review your cover and check your work rating.
Our insurance calculator can help you work out how much cover you need and the cost of it. Visit australiansuper.com/InsuranceCalculator
We offer three types of work ratings and a change in job might mean you are eligible to change yours. Our Standard work rating means your cover is the most expensive. If you’re on a Standard work rating you should consider whether you’re eligible for a Low Risk or Professional rating.
Use our Work Rating Wizard at australiansuper.com/calculators to find out. You can apply to change your work rating by logging into your account and going to My insurance or completing the Change your work rating form at australiansuper.com/InsuranceForms
Will the cost of my cover increase if I make a claim?
If you’ve made a claim, the cost of your cover won’t increase above the normal cost for your age, cover amount and work rating.
However, depending on your claim and the insurance cover you have, you may not be able to claim for that specific illness or injury again.
What is a beneficiary?
A beneficiary is a person you nominate to receive your super and insurance money if you die. It can be your spouse or partner, your child or children, someone who relies on you financially or a legal representative. Beneficiaries can be non-binding or binding.
What’s the difference between a non-binding and a binding beneficiary?
A non-binding beneficiary means that AustralianSuper isn’t bound by your nomination. We’ll consider all nominated beneficiaries and decide who we have an obligation to pay under our Trust Deed and current legislation.
A binding beneficiary is formal written direction from you telling us who you want to receive your money. As long as it’s valid, then it’s legally binding and we’re bound to (must) follow it.
More information on beneficiaries and how to nominate is available here.
Who is the Insurer?
AustralianSuper insurance is provided by TAL Life Limited ABN 70 050 109 450 AFSL 237848
Where can I find more details about the insurance AustralianSuper offers?
You can find more information about insurance through AustralianSuper in the Insurance in your super guide for your division at australiansuper.com/InsuranceGuide. It includes terms and conditions, when cover starts and stops, cover design options and limited cover or exclusions.