For many of us, the ability to earn a regular income is our most important asset.
As life changes, so do your financial circumstances. We take on more responsibilities such as a partner, a home and family, but unfortunately, things can go wrong and we may find ourselves without an income.
That’s why insurance is so important. Being unable to work due to sickness or injury doesn’t just affect you, it can also affect your whole family. It’s important to keep in mind the benefits of insurance cover provided through your Rest membership.
Rest is one of the few funds that offers automatic life insurance cover which includes Death cover, Total and Permanent Disablement cover and Income Protection cover.
Automatic insurance cover
Due to our size Rest is one of the largest group insurance plans in the world, covering more than 1.2 million members. Rest’s group insurance plan is through AIA Australia Limited and provides insurance for all of our members at a group rate, subject to eligibility conditions, making it more affordable than purchasing insurance outside of super for most members.
The level of cover between Rest’s products varies, so it’s important to know which product you’re in, and the type of cover offered.
- Death cover provides a lump sum benefit if you die.
- Total and permanent disablement (TPD) cover provides a lump sum benefit if you become sick or injured to the extent that you are not expected to ever work again
- Income protection (IP) cover paying you an income if you’re unable to work for a prolonged period due to injury or sickness.
All insurance is subject to meeting certain conditions. These are available in the relevant Insurance Guide.
Rest Super’s insurance has a flexible design to provide you with appropriate cover at each stage of your life. Importantly, you receive continued cover if you are between jobs and maintain the required level of account balance. This means you don’t lose your insurance cover on the day you were last employed.
To ensure your super is preserved for your retirement, Rest Super’s insurance cover is maintained between jobs and then ceases if your super account balance has insufficient funds. Insurance cover also ceases when a member no longer meets eligibility criteria as set out in the Rest Super Insurance Guide.
We recommend you think carefully about what level of insurance is right for you. It’s important that when comparing insurance across super funds you look at the cover levels under your fund and the policy definitions – not just the cost.
Making sure you have the right insurance cover for your needs
If you are unsure about the level of cover you require, our insurance needs calculators for various Rest’s products can help determine how much cover you need or you can seek professional financial advice.
Alternatively, Rest members can speak with a Money Solutions* money coach who can help you understand your insurance needs and work with you to choose the right cover for you.
Our team at Rest is here to help you. If you have any queries or require further assistance about your insurance cover, please contact us online at rest.com.au or call us on 1300 300 778 between 8am and 8pm weekdays.
* Money Solutions Pty Limited ABN 36 105 811 826, AFSL No. 258145. Money Solutions personnel are not representatives of the Trustee. Any financial product advice given by Money Solutions is provided under the Money Solutions AFSL. The Trustee does not accept liability for any loss or damage incurred by any person as a result of using products or services provided by Money Solutions.