Benefits of having insurance in your super 

There are some good reasons to have insurance in your super.

Some of these can include lower premiums and easier budgeting. 

It makes managing your insurance easier 

Firstly, your premiums are automatically deducted from your super rather than out of your after-tax salary or wages.

This can make it easier to manage your day-to-day budgeting. Also, you can manage your insurance and your super in the one place. 

Better tax outcomes 

Firstly, your premiums are automatically deducted from your super rather than out of your after-tax salary or wages.

This can make it easier to manage your day-to-day budgeting. Also, you can manage your insurance and your super in the one place. 

Better tax outcomes 

Paying for insurance through your super may be tax-effective, but this depends on your personal circumstances (e.g. your marginal tax rate and the type and amount of contributions you make to super).

We work with insurers for lower premiums and improved terms and conditions

Generally, your premium will be lower than the amount you would pay for a non-super insurance policy.

Super funds can negotiate lower group rates with the insurer, which is usually for a group of members in a fund. Keeping premiums low means more money stays in your super – where it belongs.

You will need to consider your level of cover and the impact of premiums on your account balance. If these payments aren’t offset by regular super contributions, rollovers or investment returns, it will reduce your account balance.   

Consider your insurance needs 

Depending on your circumstances, you may have more cover than you need or not enough cover.

You can increase, reduce or cancel your insurance at any time, but if you want to increase your cover, you will need to apply. The insurer may accept or decline your application.

It’s a good idea to do your research or speak to a financial adviser. 

There are many tools and sources of information you can use. Moneysmart has a good summary on how life insurance works, while the life insurance calculator can help figure out: 

  • If you need cover 
  • How much cover you might need

Types of cover 

When you open an Essential Super account, you may be automatically provided with Death and Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) insurance cover (subject to meeting certain conditions)1.   

This cover is there to protect you and your family when you pass away, become terminally ill or disabled and unable to work due to illness or injury. Insurance continues to play an important role in many of our lives – providing financial support when it’s needed most.

Types of cover are available through your super to protect you:

  • Death cover (including terminal illness) also known as life cover, pays a lump sum to you if you’re terminally ill, or to your dependants, estate or legal representative when you die
  • Total and permanent disablement (TPD) cover pays a lump sum if you're unlikely to ever work again due to illness or injury

As an Essential Super member you can have either; 

  • death cover only, or 
  • death cover and TPD cover.  

Read the Essential Super Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and Reference Guide for more information. 

Read the Essential Super Insurance in Super Key Facts Sheet

How do I know which level of cover I have? 

There are a few ways you can check your level of cover or premium amounts. 

  • Check the insurance section of your latest super statement 
  • Log on to NetBank or the Commbank app
  • Call us on 13 4074, Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm (Sydney time)

The type and level of cover and premiums you pay may vary depending on whether you have previously held insurance cover or advised us to increase, reduce or cancel your insurance.   You can read more about your level of cover and how your premiums are calculated by reading the Essential Super Reference Guide.

How to review your insurance 

1. Find all the insurance cover you have inside or outside your super (with us and elsewhere) and identify:

  • the type of cover
  • the level of cover
  • the amount you’re paying

2. Review your insurance so you can determine whether it still meets your needs.

Speak to a financial adviser if you need help to work out what insurance cover is right for you.  

Things to consider:

  • Know the differences between holding insurance inside or outside your super
  • Determine if your needs have changed since you took out your current insurance
  • Consider if your insurance meets your needs.
  • If you plan to switch insurance providers;
  • be aware of the impacts of losing any existing benefits and waiting periods (if applicable)
  • you should ensure the replacement cover is in place before cancelling your existing cover
  • and if you retain duplicate cover you may be unable to claim on multiple insurance covers (depending on the terms of your policies)

For general information about insurance in super please read the Essential Super Reference Guide  or visit Moneysmart

When does my cover in super end? 

Insurance in your super may end if:

  • You reach the age that cover ends
  • Your super account hasn’t received any money for 16 continuous months unless you tell us you want to keep your cover in these circumstances
  • You don’t pay the full premium within the required period
  • You're no longer a member of the fund
  • You withdraw your whole super account balance
  • You become a lost member and your account is sent to the ATO. Keep your contact details up to date with your fund if you want to avoid this

Where can I find more information about insurance? 

  • Use our online tools
    View your insurance details online at any time by logging in to NetBank and selecting your Essential Super Account or through the CommBank app.
  • ATO Online
    You can also view and consolidate multiple super accounts that you may have on ATO Online. Before consolidating any super accounts we recommend you consider or seek advice about the impact it might have on your insurance cover and your super benefits.
  • Your insurance acceptance, confirmation letter or certificate
    This is the letter you received when your cover commenced. It will show you any non-standard exclusions that apply to your cover.
  • Product Disclosure Statement and Reference Guide
    You can view the Product Disclosure Statement and Reference Guide online. They include general information about your insurance cover. 
  • MoneySmart website
    MoneySmart includes general information about insurance in super.
  • Speak to a financial adviser
    If you have questions about your insurance cover in your super account a financial adviser can help you work out what insurance cover is right for you.  

Things you should know:

1 You need to be an Australian resident, living in Australia, aged 25 or older, but under the age of 60 with a balance of $6,000 or more, to receive Death and Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover automatically. Please see the PDS and Reference Guide for specific terms that apply to insurance cover in Essential Super, including what’s not covered. For example, for the first five years of your cover, a benefit won’t be paid if it is due to a pre-existing condition. Generally, a pre-existing condition is an illness or injury that you were aware of at any time in the 3 years immediately before the date your insurance cover commences, recommences or increases. The pre-existing condition exclusion won’t apply after the fifth anniversary of your cover if at any time after that anniversary you are capable of working in your usual occupation for two consecutive months. Additional exclusions apply.

Colonial First State Investments Limited ABN 98 002 348 352, AFSL 232468 (CFS) is the issuer of interests in Commonwealth Essential Super ABN 56 601 925 435 (Essential Super) and is a wholly owned but non-guaranteed subsidiary of Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 (Commonwealth Bank). This document is issued by CFS and may include general financial product advice but does not consider your individual objectives, financial circumstances or needs. You should read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and the Reference Guide for Essential Super carefully and consider whether the information is appropriate for you before making an investment decision. Download the PDS and Reference Guide at commbank.com.au/essentialsuper-documents or call us on 13 4074 for a copy. The Commonwealth Bank provides certain distribution and administrative services to the Trustee. The Commonwealth Bank and its subsidiaries do not guarantee the performance of Essential Super or the repayment of capital by Essential Super. An investment in Essential Super is via a superannuation trust and is therefore not an investment in, deposit with, or other liability of the Commonwealth Bank or its subsidiaries and is subject to investment risk, including loss of income and capital invested.

The insurance provider is AIA Australia Limited ABN 79 004 837 861 AFSL 230043 (AIA Australia). AIA Australia is not part of the Commonwealth Bank Group. The insurance cover is provided under policies issued to the Trustee.