Total Permanent Disability (TPD) Insurance

Providing for you if you were to become permanently disabled.

Key features

  • You can apply if you're between 18- 59 years old
  • Lump Sum Payment if you become permanently disabled
  • Cover available up to $1.5 million
  • No Medical tests required on application
  • Available to purchase via self-managed super funds

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What is Total Permanent Disability (TPD) Insurance?

Total Permanent Disability (TPD) insurance provides for you if you were to become permanently disabled due to accident or illness, and are unable to work.

Total Permanent Disability Insurance provides you with a lump sum payment, giving you the means to access the best medical and rehabilitation treatments, and providing you with financial security so you can go on making the most of your life.

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What am I covered for under Total Permanent Disability (TPD) Insurance?

You can tailor your cover to suit your individual needs. Your choice of cover will impact the types of events you can claim against.

You can choose all three types of cover, or two or just one. It's up to you.

Accident Cover

You receive a lump sum payment so you can afford support and treatment if you become permanently disabled as a result of an accident (subject to any Special Conditions specified in your Policy Schedule) and cannot work.

What you're covered for:

  • If you are injured in an Accident that has left you Totally and Permanently Disabled and you are unable to work in ANY occupation
  • OR

  • If you are injured in an Accident that has left you Totally and Permanently Disabled and you are unable to work in YOUR OWN occupation
  • What we consider Totally Permanently Disabled differs depending on whether you choose Any or Own occupation.

     

    Examples of disabling Accidental Injuries include:

  • Spinal cord Injury due to a household accident,  such as falling from a ladder or rooftop
  • Loss of two limbs in a transport accident
  • Loss of Sight due to a workplace accident
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    Illness Cover

    You receive a lump sum payment so you can afford support and treatment if you become permanently disabled as a result of an illness (subject to any Special Conditions specified in your Policy Schedule) and cannot work.

    What you're covered for:

  • If you are diagnosed with an illness that has left you Totally and Permanently Disabled and you are unable to work in ANY occupation
  • OR

  • If you are diagnosed with an illness that has left you Totally and Permanently Disabled and you are unable to work in YOUR OWN occupation

    What we consider Totally Permanently Disabled differs depending on whether you choose Any or Own occupation.

    Examples of disabling illnesses include:

  • Neurological illnesses such as Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
  • Vascular disorders such as stroke
  • Organ failure
  • Sports Cover

    If you take up Accident Cover, you can extend it with Sports Cover. This means you’ll receive a payment in case of a disabling incident from sports (subject to any Special Conditions specified in your Policy Schedule).

    What you're covered for:

  • If you are injured as a result of a Sports Injury that has left you Totally and Permanently Disabled and you are unable to work in ANY occupation
  • OR

  • If you are injured as a result of a Sports Injury that has left you Totally and Permanently Disabled and you are unable to work in YOUR OWN occupation
  • What we consider Totally Permanently Disabled differs depending on whether you choose Any or Own occupation.

    Examples of disabling Sports injuries include:

  • Spinal Injury due to accident while playing a sport such as football
  • Loss of limbs due to participating in Water Sports such as jet skiing 
  • A brain injury due to participating in recreational aviation such as hang-gliding or sky diving
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    What important details do I need to know?

    What’s not covered:

    You will only be covered for the events listed under the Cover type you choose. Eg, if you choose only Accident Cover, you will not be covered for any events listed under Illness Cover or Sports Cover

    Regardless of the cover types you choose the following applies:

     -   No payment will be made under TPD Insurance if the event giving rise to the claim is caused directly or indirectly by suicide or attempted suicide for the first 13 months.

     -   If your TPD insurance is Standalone (i.e.  not bundled with other insurance products) , no payment will be made under TPD Insurance unless you survive for at least 14 days after suffering the Illness or Injury that directly or indirectly caused the Total Permanent Disability.

     

    Cover Start and End Dates

    Once your application is accepted by us your Cover continues until the Policy Anniversary prior to you turning 65 or 100 if you have Bundled TPD with Life Insurance as long as you have complied with the Duty of Disclosure and paid the premiums when due.

    The annual renewal of your Policy is guaranteed regardless of any change in your health or personal circumstances.

    At age 65, if TPD is Bundled with Life Insurance, the definition of TPD under either Own or Any Occupation reverts to Activities of Daily Living.  See the PDS for more information.

    Your Cover will end when the full Benefit Amount is paid, Cover is removed from your Policy, Cover is cancelled through non-payment of premiums or when Cover expires prior to the policy anniversary at age 65, or 100 when Bundled. There may be other reasons Cover may end. Please see the PDS for more details.

     

    What's not Covered

    What’s not covered:

    You will only be covered for the events listed under the Cover type you choose. Eg, if you choose only Accident Cover, you will not be covered for any events listed under Illness Cover or Sports Cover

    Regardless of the cover types you choose the following applies:

     -   No payment will be made under TPD Insurance if the event giving rise to the claim is caused directly or indirectly by suicide or attempted suicide for the first 13 months.

     -   If your TPD insurance is Standalone (i.e.  not bundled with other insurance products) , no payment will be made under TPD Insurance unless you survive for at least 14 days after suffering the Illness or Injury that directly or indirectly caused the Total Permanent Disability.

     

    Cover Start and End Dates

    Once your application is accepted by us your Cover continues until the Policy Anniversary prior to you turning 65 or 100 if you have Bundled TPD with Life Insurance as long as you have complied with the Duty of Disclosure and paid the premiums when due.

    The annual renewal of your Policy is guaranteed regardless of any change in your health or personal circumstances.

    At age 65, if TPD is Bundled with Life Insurance, the definition of TPD under either Own or Any Occupation reverts to Activities of Daily Living.  See the PDS for more information.

    Your Cover will end when the full Benefit Amount is paid, Cover is removed from your Policy, Cover is cancelled through non-payment of premiums or when Cover expires prior to the policy anniversary at age 65, or 100 when Bundled. There may be other reasons Cover may end. Please see the PDS for more details.

     

    Definition of ANY or OWN Occupation

    Definition of ANY or OWN occupation

    With TPD Insurance, you can choose whether you want to be insured under one of two options:

    ANY occupation

     If you become totally and permanently disabled and cannot work in any capacity in ANY occupation based on your previous education, skills, training or experience.



    YOUR OWN occupation

     If you become totally and permanently disabled and cannot work in any capacity in your own field of work in which you specialise and for which you are trained.


    Are you a homemaker?

    If you’re maintaining the family home and not in paid employment, you can still be Covered by Total Permanent Disability Insurance, however in order to claim, you will be assessed on your ability to perform Normal Domestic Duties.   Your Cover amount will also be limited. Please see the TAL Lifetime Protection PDS  for details

    Health & Lifestyle Assessment

    Health & Lifestyle Assessment

     When you apply for TAL Lifetime Protection, you will be asked a number of questions related to your health and lifestyle. You can answer these online or over the phone. No medicals are required when you apply.

    By agreeing to the Duty of Disclosure you have agreed to be honest and accurate in your answers to these questions.

    Your answers to the questions may mean that you have increased risk factors under the Policy.

    Loadings & Exclusions

     In some cases we will be unable to provide you with all or some parts of the Cover for which you have applied.

    In other cases, Cover may be subject to conditions such as a Premium Loading, or an Exclusion.

    A Premium Loading will mean that you pay a higher premium for the Cover.

    An Exclusion will mean that you will not be Covered if you suffer a specified excluded medical condition, or you are injured as a result of participating in an excluded pastime or activity.

    Tailoring your plan

    Choosing a Premium Structure
    You have the choice of Stepped or Level Premiums. Your choice will impact your monthly premium, and how your premium increases each year. Learn More


    Inflation Protection
    Inflation Protection automatically increases your cover amount by 5% every year, or by the Consumer Price Index – whichever is greater. Your premiums will also increase accordingly. Find out more 

    Future Life Events
    If a specific life event happens, for example getting married or having a child, you can easily update your TPD Insurance cover. Find out more 

    Bundling your insurance:
    If you have Life Insurance with TAL, and have added TPD or Recovery Insurance to your plan, you have the option to keep each insurance independent from each other within your plan, or Bundle them together. Learn More

    Cover Pause
    In case of financial hardship, you can pause your cover for up to three months. You won’t pay premiums but you also won’t be covered. It’s easy to switch on your cover again. (This can only be set up over the phone). Find out more 

    How much will it cost?

    At TAL, we understand that everyone is unique, so naturally your insurance should be too. That's why we've created TAL CoverBuilder to allow you to build your cover, your way.


    With Coverbuilder you can choose your insurance and your cover, tailor your cover amount and select the options that best suit you.

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    Why choose TAL as your TPD Insurance provider?

    Australia's leading life insurer
    TAL is the leading life insurer in Australia
    TAL Customers
    3.7 million customers in Australia
    Commitment to Claims
    $1.3 Billion in claims paid in 2016


    What other benefits does Total Permanent Disability Insurance include?

    Total Permanent Disability Benefit

    This benefit provides you with a lump sum Benefit Amount payable if you become Totally Permanently Disabled.

    If you are covered under "Any Occupation",  the term Totally Permanently Disabled means:

    •  You have suffered from Blindness, Loss of limbs, or Loss of a single limb and sight or,

    •  You have suffered at least 25% impairment of Whole Person Function and you are incapacitated to such an extent that you unlikely to ever be able to work in any occupation for which you are reasonably suited by training, education or experience or,

    •  You have not been working in any occupation for 3 months and, are incapacitated to such an extent that you unlikely to ever be able to work in any occupation for which you are reasonably suited by training, education or experience or,

    •  You are unlikely ever to be able to perform at least two of the five Activities of Daily Living without the physical assistance of another person

    If you are covered under "Own Occupation",  the term Totally Permanently Disabled means:

    •  You have suffered from Blindness, Loss of limbs, or Loss of a single limb and sight or,

    •  You are incapacitated to such an extent that you unlikely to ever be able to work in your own occupation or,

    •  You have suffered at least 25% impairment of Whole Person Function and you are incapacitated to such an extent that you unlikely to ever be able to work in any occupation or,

    •  You are unlikely ever to be able to perform at least two of the five Activities of Daily Living without the physical assistance of another person



     

    Total Disability Benefit

    Total Permanent Disability Benefit

    This benefit provides you with a lump sum Benefit Amount payable if you become Totally Permanently Disabled.

    If you are covered under "Any Occupation",  the term Totally Permanently Disabled means:

    •  You have suffered from Blindness, Loss of limbs, or Loss of a single limb and sight or,

    •  You have suffered at least 25% impairment of Whole Person Function and you are incapacitated to such an extent that you unlikely to ever be able to work in any occupation for which you are reasonably suited by training, education or experience or,

    •  You have not been working in any occupation for 3 months and, are incapacitated to such an extent that you unlikely to ever be able to work in any occupation for which you are reasonably suited by training, education or experience or,

    •  You are unlikely ever to be able to perform at least two of the five Activities of Daily Living without the physical assistance of another person

    If you are covered under "Own Occupation",  the term Totally Permanently Disabled means:

    •  You have suffered from Blindness, Loss of limbs, or Loss of a single limb and sight or,

    •  You are incapacitated to such an extent that you unlikely to ever be able to work in your own occupation or,

    •  You have suffered at least 25% impairment of Whole Person Function and you are incapacitated to such an extent that you unlikely to ever be able to work in any occupation or,

    •  You are unlikely ever to be able to perform at least two of the five Activities of Daily Living without the physical assistance of another person



     

    Cover Pause

    Cover Pause

    You can pause your Cover for up to three months in the event of financial hardship. During Cover Pause you will not have to pay premiums.

    At the end of the Cover Pause period, you can re-start Cover without needing to go through the health and lifestyle assessment again.

    Once your Cover is restarted by paying your premium, a qualifying period of three months will apply, so you’ll be eligible to claim three months after you re-start your Cover.

    You will not be eligible to claim should you become ill or injured during the qualifying period or during the period your Cover is paused.

    See PDS for further details

     

    Inflation Protection

    Inflation Protection

    You can choose whether you want your Cover to increase each year in line with the cost of living – this will mean that your premium will increase each year as the Cover is increased through a process called Indexation.

    Inflation Protection automatically increases your TPD cover amount by 5% every year, or by the Consumer Price Index - whichever is greater.

    Your premiums will also increase accordingly.  If you have a Stepped Premium Policy, it will mean that there are two reasons your Policy will increase each year.

    See PDS for further details

     

    Future Life Events

    Future Life Events

    Future Life Events means you can increase your TPD benefit amount when specific life events occur, for example, getting married. This increase is not subject to the Health and Lifestyle Assessment.

    Some examples of applicable life events include:

    • You get married or divorced
    • You or your spouse become a parent through birth or adoption
    • Your child starts secondary school
    • You take out or increase a mortgage on your home

    See PDS for further details

     

    How do Claims work?

    Our Commitment to Claims

    At TAL, we understand that if you're making a claim then it is a difficult time, so we want to support you as best we can.

  • We aim to make the claims process as quick and easy as  possible
  • We assign you a Claims Manager to support you through a difficult time
  • We offer recovery support and rehabilitation services to help you lead as healthy and full life as possible
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    How to make a claim

    We understand you are unique, which makes your claim unique.

    Whether you've bought your policy directly from us, through your financial advisor, or through your superfund or employer,  we are here to guide you through the process.

    When you call, we'll talk through your circumstances and advise you of your next steps.

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