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Answer a few questions to figure out the exact amount of life insurance you'll need to pay off your debts, earnings, and everyday living expenses. We'll also get some information on your income, assets, and loans to calculate this.

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Answer a few questions about your assets, debts and cover to get an estimate on how much life insurance you might need

Do I need life insurance?

You really need life insurance before something happens. If you have a job, have others depending on you financially, or have any debts or loans, you need to think about taking out a policy. That way, you and your family are protected financially should something life-changing happen. In most cases, life insurance pays out a lump sum when you die or become terminally ill.

This money can help your family to sort out their finances and ensure they maintain the same quality of life you helped provide them with even after you're gone. The money they receive can cover funeral expenses, mortgage repayments, debts, and day to day costs.

How do I find the right cover for life insurance?

There are few different kinds of life insurance. To help you find the one that you need, here's what they do in a nutshell:

Life insurance

Life insurance

A large lump sum payment for your family (if they are the beneficiaries you list on your policy) if you die.

Income protection

Income protection insurance

Monthly salary replacement payments if you get sick or are in an accident and are forced to temporarily stop work.


Trauma cover

A lump sum payment for specific illnesses e.g. if you become critically or terminally ill.


Total & Permanent Disability (TPD)

A lump sum payment if you become permanently disabled and can't work again.

You don't need to remember the different types of insurance to use our calcular. Rather, our calculator asks, 'What are you looking for?' with answers such as 'a lump sum payment for your family if you die' and 'salary replacement if you get sick and can't work'.

How should I use a life insurance calculator?

A life insurance calculator is a really helpful guide. It gives you an idea of what you might need if something happens. It's worth noting that the estimate it provides should only be used as a general guide to help you receive a preliminary quote. Once you have received a preliminary quote, it is still worth speaking with an adviser to help you determine an appropriate amount of cover for your situation.

This is largely because, while it can provide a good estimate, it can't take into account every expense you have. Other factors, such as hospital or funeral expenses, might cost more where you live and need to be taken into account as well.

What are some of the key things I'll need to choose in a life insurance policy?

There are a few important things you'll need to consider when buying a life insurance policy. These include:

  • The type of insurance. There are four main types of insurance - life insurance (or death cover), income protection, TPD and trauma cover. You'll need to decide which ones matter to you.
  • Waiting periods. Insurance policies often have a waiting period. This is the amount of time you will need to wait after buying a policy before you can receive a payout. Depending on your policy, the waiting period could be between 2 and 104 weeks.
  • Length of cover. You will also need to choose how long you want cover for. Some policies will cover you up to the age of 100, some have no expiry age as long as premiums are paid and others stop at 80.
  • Payment type. You will need to decide how you would like to pay. Some allow you to pay annually for less. Otherwise you can usually pay your premiums monthly.

Can a life insurance calculator help if I'm over 70?

If your children are grown up and financially independent, that can definitely ease the financial pressure on you. However, that doesn't mean you won't have other payments to consider like your house, car and other debts you might have. A calculator can give you an idea of the money you will need to ensure that's all taken care of when you're gone.

How much does life insurance cost in Australia?

Your life insurance premiums will differ depending on a number of factors including:

  • How old you are
  • Whether you are male or female
  • Whether or not you smoke
  • Certain pre-existing medical conditions
  • The policy that you choose and premium structure

To have a good idea of costs, read our life insurance cost page.

Top picks for life insurance in Australia

Top pick:
NobleOak Life Insurance
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  • $15 million sum insured
  • 1st place in Finder Awards: 8.45 final score
  • Fully underwritten policy
  • Cheapest average policy price
Top pick:
TAL Accelerated Protection Life Insurance
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  • Pays up to $5 million in TPD
  • 2nd place in Finder Awards
  • Interim accident cover
  • $25,000 funeral advancement
Top pick:
RAC Life Insurance
  • Pays up to $25 million
  • 3rd place in Finder Awards
  • TPD and trauma options
  • $15,000 funeral advancement
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Compare more life insurance options

Name Product Maximum Cover Maximum Entry Age Terminal Illness Benefit Claims Acceptance Rate Average Claim Time Sum Insured
TAL Accelerated Protection Life Insurance
No set limit
Not stated
Data not available
1 months
$249,285 million
Our verdict: The cheapest policy on average for 30-40 year olds, according to 2023 Finder research. It’s one of the only 4 brands to offer child cover. Plus, it comes with a level premium option (e.g. costs remain similar as you get older).
NobleOak Life Insurance
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NobleOak Life Insurance
1.1 months
$24,483 million
Our verdict: Get two months free for a limited time – apply by 23 June 2023. One of the cheapest policies on the market according to 2023 research. It pays out 96.9% of claims and the initial application process only takes around 15 minutes.
Medibank Life Insurance
3.4 months
$32,683 million
Our verdict: You get $100 cashback when you buy a policy by 15 June 2023 and hold cover for 6 months. (T&Cs apply). Medibank offers a higher payout limit ($2.5 million) than 15 other providers. Health members get 10% off premiums every year and you get access to the 24/7 Medibank Nurse Phone Service.
ahm Life Insurance
3.4 months
$32,683 million
Our verdict: Quick application process. You answer around 20 questions over the phone with no medical or blood tests. The life insurance express plan can take under 10 minutes to complete.
Real Family Life Cover
2.4 months
$53,238 million
Our verdict: The application is simple; it can be done with 1 phone call and there are no medical exams. But households with larger debts may need more than a $1 million payout.
Zurich Ezicover Life Insurance
3 months
$24,495 million
Our verdict: Good if you want a cheap policy from a well-regarded insurer – its 98% claims acceptance rate is higher than any other provider on Finder. Zurich keeps things simple: unlike others, it doesn’t go in for optional add-ons such as TPD or trauma cover.
RAC Life Insurance
1.1 months
$24,483 million
Our verdict: RAC’s maximum cover limit of $25 million is one of the highest limits you’ll find, including $5 million in TPD insurance. You can get an online quote, but you’ll need to call RAC to get trauma cover. Benefit from added peace of mind with fully underwritten insurance.

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