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Income Protection cover

Income protection cover is designed to protect you by providing an income for a time period in the event you are unable to work due to injury or sickness. It can give you the peace of mind that you can pay your expenses while you focus on your health and recovery.

Comparing our Income Protection options

Feature   Opt-In Income Protection Tailored Income Protection 
Cover obtained   Opt-In1  By application
 Benefit Period  2 years  2 years, 5 years, to age 65
 Waiting Period  90 days  30, 60, 90, 180 days
 Cover up to age 65    
 Covers self-employed members  4  
 Partial disablement payments    
 Indexation of cover    
 Occupation categories  2
Indexation of Income Protection claim benefits   X  3
 Occupational Rehabilitation support    
 Cover during paid and unpaid leave 2    
 Cover during overseas employment    
Limited cover   24 months and 30 day At Work requirement  X
Maximum cover per month   $5,000 ($7,500 if you have White Collar cover)  $30,000
 Premium waiver when on claim    

1 Within 120 days of joining Australian Retirement Trust you can apply to add Opt-In Income Protection cover.

2 Income Protection cover will stop where your period of 'unpaid leave' or parental leave exceeds 24 months.

3 Indexation applied to 'benefits only' under Tailored Income Protection cover.

4 Self-employed members for whom we receive Superannuation Guarantee contributions only. Refer to the Super Savings Insurance Guide for further details.

How much will cover cost?

The cost of cover depends on your age, gender and occupational rating if applying for Tailored Cover, and will increase at certain ages. Any premium change will occur when cover alters at certain ages.

Income Protection premiums are calculated weekly and normally deducted from your Super Savings account each month.

  Get a quote to find out how much your insurance will cost.

Things to consider

• Premiums generally increase with age. You are encouraged to consider how insurance premiums might impact your future retirement savings.
• Generally income protection benefits are taxable income and subject to Pay As You Go (PAYG) tax. If applicable, an income statement will be issued by the insurer at the end of the financial year.
• An income protection benefit is not paid during the waiting period.

Exclusions and restrictions

An Income Protection benefit will not be paid if the injury or sickness is caused, wholly or partly, directly or indirectly, from:

  • a deliberate self-inflicted injury or attempted suicide or self-destruction while sane or insane,
  • an uncomplicated pregnancy, childbirth or miscarriage,
  • your deployment to a hostile environment as part of active military service, where you participate in active service after your cover commences or increases,
  • a criminal act committed by you, or
  • any matter subject to an individual exclusion that the Insurer imposes on your Tailored Income Protection cover.

How to apply

You can apply for an amount up to 85% of your Income (75% of your Income plus 10% superannuation contribution) but not more than $30,000 per month. Income is defined in the Super Savings Insurance Guide.

Opt-In Income Protection

You must apply within 120 days of joining Australian Retirement Trust. You can apply when you join online or via Member Online (if you are already a member).

If you would prefer filling in a paper application please complete and return the New Member Options form.

Tailored Income Protection

You can apply for cover through Member Online.

If you would prefer filling in a paper application please complete and return the Tailored insurance application form.

Need more information?

Check out the Super Savings Insurance Guide or contact us on 13 11 84 and we'll talk you through it.

Important information

The needs calculator, quote tool and online application are on AIA's website. Their terms of use will apply. Additional insurance is subject to acceptance by the insurer. The date cover starts will usually be the date it is accepted by the insurer. Insurance cover is provided through group life policies for Death and Total & Permanent Disability, and Income Protection, issued by AIA Australia Limited ABN 79 004 837 861, AFSL 230043.