What’s the difference between Life Insurance and Income Protection?
1 March 2022
Life Insurance pays a lump sum to your family or loved ones if you become terminally ill or pass away. Income Protection Insurance pays you a monthly benefit if you’re unable to work due to injury or illness.
Depending on your circumstances, you may find that having one or the other, or a combination of both, could be beneficial for you.
What is Life Insurance?
Life Insurance offers a financial safety net for your family if you pass away or are diagnosed with a terminal illness. Once you take out your cover you’ll pay a regular premium to maintain it, and if you or your family need to make a claim, a lump sum will be paid out.
If you’re the sole income provider for your family, you may find it helpful to consider Life Insurance. Suncorp Life Insurance offers lump sum payments between $100,000 and $1.5 million, so your family can maintain their lifestyle if something happens to you. You may also be eligible for an early payout of $10,000 for funeral costs.
Try our interactive calculator to estimate how much cover might be right for you.
What is Income Protection Insurance?
It’s a form of insurance that covers up to 75% of your income, calculated based on your last 12 months’ pay, if you become injured or sick and are unable to work. To be eligible, you need to be employed for more than 20 hours per week.
Like Life Insurance, you pay a regular premium. In the event that you need to make a claim, you’ll receive a monthly payment for an amount of time that you nominate. For example, Suncorp Insurance offers payment periods of 6, 12, 24, or 60 months. You nominate your benefit period when purchasing Life Insurance.
Whether you’re supporting yourself or your loved ones, Suncorp’s Income Protection Insurance may help you to keep your life on track if you can’t work because of injury or illness.
Differences between Life Insurance and Income Protection
Here are the key differences between Suncorp’s Life Insurance and Income Protection Insurance:
How is it paid out?
When is it paid out?
How much cover can you choose?
Who can purchase a policy?
What is the claim waiting period?
What's not covered?
In one lump sum.
Income Protection Insurance
For the most up-to-date information about each policy, read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS). You can also compare them with our quick guide or get in touch with one of our friendly insurance specialists.
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Suncorp Life Insurance products, other than in some circumstances the Redundancy Benefit, is provided by TAL Life Limited ABN 70 050 109 450 AFSL 237848 (TAL Life) which is part of the TAL Dai-ichi Life Australia Pty Limited ABN 97 150 070 483 group of companies (TAL). TAL is not part of the Suncorp Group. TAL uses the Suncorp brand (part of the Suncorp Group) under license. Any advice on this page in connection with the Life products is general in nature and is provided by Platform Ventures Pty Ltd ABN 35 626 745 177 AFS Representative Number 001266101 (PV). PV is part of the Suncorp Group and an authorised representative of TAL Direct Pty Limited ABN 39 084 666 017, AFSL 243260 (TAL Direct). General advice does not take into account your individual needs, objectives or financial situation. Before you decide to buy or to continue to hold a Life Product, you must read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement. The Target Market Determination (TMD) for the product is available on our website.