Life Insurance Comparison

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  • Optional Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover. Max cover $3 million
  • Optional Trauma cover
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No set limit
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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  • Optional Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover. Max cover $5 million
  • Optional Trauma cover
$15 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.
  • Optional Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover. Max cover $1.25 million
  • Optional Trauma cover
$2.5 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.
  • Optional Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover. Max cover $1.25 million
  • Optional Trauma cover
$1.5 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.
  • Optional Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover. Max cover $1 million
  • Optional Trauma cover
$1 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.
  • Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover
  • Trauma cover
$1.5 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
  • Optional Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover. Max cover $5 million
  • Optional Trauma cover
$25 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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What is life insurance?

Life insurance pays a lump sum of money when you pass away or become terminally ill.

You can select how much you want to receive. Options typically range from $100,000 to $15 million.

The money is given to the people you nominate as the beneficiaries when you take out a policy. This means, if you pass away, your loved ones will still be able to afford mortgage payments, ongoing bills and other living expenses.

How much does life insurance cost?

A $500,000 life insurance policy costs an average of $35 per month for non-smoking 30 and 40 year olds, according to our 2023 Finder Awards research.

To get this price, we gathered 40 quotes from 13 brands including TAL, NobleOak and Zurich for 30 and 40-year olds (20 males and 20 females) applying for a life insurance policy. The payout selected was $500,000. They had no pre-existing conditions and did not smoke.

Actual quotes will vary depending on your personal circumstances. The cost of life insurance depends on your age, health, occupation and the benefit amount you select – for example, a $500,000 policy will cost less than a $1 million life insurance policy,

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Best life insurance winner 2023

NobleOak's life insurance policy won this year's Finder Award. It won because it was cheaper than 8 of the 10 insurers we researched and covers more than most. For example, it can pay out up to $15 million if you die or are diagnosed with a terminal illness – most have a $1.5 million cap.

Other types of life insurance

TPD insurance

Total & Permanent Disability (TPD)

TPD covers you if you get severely injured or sick. For example, if you become blind or paralysed after a car accident and become permanently disabled.
Typical cover range: $50,000 to $5 million.

Trauma insurance

Trauma insurance

Trauma cover, sometimes called critical illness cover, is a policy add-on that pays a lump sum if you are diagnosed with a major medical condition, such as cancer or a heart attack.
Typical cover range: $500,000 to $2 million.

Income protection

Income Protection

Income protection insurance pays a monthly benefit if you are unable to work due to illness or injury. Usually, it will only pay up to 70% or 75% of your typical wage for a period of 2 or 5 years.

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Our life insurance guides can help you compare and understand what cover option is right for you.

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Life insurance deals and discounts

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Up to 15% off your TAL Life, Trauma or TPD insurance policy

Applicable for the life of your policy if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 at the time of your application. T&C’s apply.

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Get 2 months free

For a limited time when you take out one or more covers - apply by 23 June 2023. T&Cs apply.

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Want $100 cashback with Medibank Life Insurance?

Purchase cover by 15 June 2023 and hold cover for 6 months to get $100 cashback. Medibank health members save 10% every year. T&Cs apply.

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10% off for ahm health members

ahm health members get a 10% premium discount for the duration of their life insurance policy.

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One month free

Get the first month free and a 10% discount if you take out a second life insurance policy (discount applies to second policy). T&C’s apply.

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Get 10% of premiums back in the first 12 months

Receive 10% of premiums you’ve paid in the first 12 months with The Real Reward program.

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Get two months free

When you purchase two or more RAC Life Insurance covers. Apply by 30 June 2023.

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