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Take 3 easy steps for National Safe Work Month

Sometimes safety at work also includes being financially prepared just in case workplace injuries or illness do happen. Find out how you can be confident you and your loved ones are protected when life doesn't go to plan.

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What is Safe Work Month?

Safe Work Month in October aims to raise awareness and prevent work-related deaths, illness and injuries.

For National Safe Work Month 2023, we're encouraging everyone to make it their priority to build a safe and healthy workplace.

And safety at work also means being financially prepared for the unexpected.

Safe Work Month stats

Data from Safe Work Australia shows workers made about 126,000 serious workers' compensation claims in 2020–21.

Tragically, 169 people died while doing their job in 2021.

Health and safety, insurance, and your super

Most Australians can get life insurance cover through their superannuation account.

We offer 3 types of cover for Accumulation account holders to offer security and peace of mind for many different situations:

  • Death cover
  • Total & Permanent Disability (TPD) cover and Total & Permanent Disability Assist (TPD Assist) cover
  • Income Protection cover

The cost of insurance premiums could be cheaper for you than insurance outside your super, because we have a group life insurance policy to cover eligible members.

And because those insurance premiums come out of your super balance, you won't feel the pinch in your weekly budget.

3 easy steps to create your safety net

Follow the checklist below to create your own financial safety net during Safety Month.

  1. Check your insurance

    Almost 10 million Australians have insurance through their super, according to the Future of Insurance in Superannuation report by the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and Deloitte.

    Your super account could automatically include Death cover, TPD cover, and in some cases Income Protection cover.

    If you have an Accumulation account with us, you can see how much insurance cover you have in our app, Member Online, or your annual statement.

    Log in to see your insurance
  2. Know how much you need

    The Financial Services Council's underinsurance report in 2022 estimated that nearly 3.4 million Australians don’t have enough income protection cover. And more than 1 million don’t have enough death and TPD cover.

    Use our Insurance Needs Calculator to work out how much of each type of cover you should have, to keep you and your loved ones safe financially.

    You can also get personal financial advice over the phone about how much insurance you need in your super account.1 Or if you have your own financial adviser already, we're happy to work with them to help you.

  3. Choose who gets your super when you die

    Your super and insurance benefits aren't automatically included in your Will or estate, so it’s important that you let us know ahead of time.

    The law says you can leave your super to your dependants, such as your child or partner, or someone who is dependent on you when you die.

    If you make a binding death benefit nomination, you can list your legal personal representative (the executor of your Will) to receive and distribute your super and insurance.

    List your beneficiaries now

Check your insurance for Safe Work Month

Log in to see your insurance or apply for more in Member Online. Check what you might need with our Insurance Needs Calculator.

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Insurance is just one factor to think about when choosing a super fund, so please find out more reasons to love us, and see the PDS for details.

1. Employees in the Australian Retirement Trust group provide advice to members and employers as representatives of Sunsuper Financial Services Pty Ltd. Sunsuper Financial Services Pty Ltd (ABN 50 087 154 818 AFSL 227867) is a separate legal entity responsible for the financial services it provides. Eligibility conditions apply. See the Financial Services Guide (FSG) for more information.