Salary Continuance insurance

In life's uncertain journey, illness or injury can unexpectedly interrupt your ability to work. Salary Continuance insurance, (also known as Income Protection), steps in during such times, offering regular monthly payments to assist with your living expenses. This safety net can permit you and your loved ones to be financially supported, allowing you to focus on recovery with less financial strain. 

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Understanding Salary Continuance insurance

Salary Continuance insurance, or Income Protection, can allow you to continue receiving a monthly income if illness or injury prevents you from working

Here's how it works: if you cannot work due to an accident or illness, you could receive up to 75% of your pre-disability monthly salary as a direct deposit into your bank account. Payment is made by the insurance provider and does not affect your superannuation balance.

If your coverage exceeds 75% of your pre-disability monthly salary, the amount of up to 10.5% of your pre-disability monthly salary can be paid into your superannuation account, ensuring your retirement savings continue to grow even when you are not working.

Salary Continuance insurance is worth considering if you rely on your income to maintain your lifestyle and pay expenses. It can help you manage debt and maintain your quality of life while focusing on what matters most: your recovery. 

What are the waiting periods for Salary Continuance insurance?

A waiting period is the number of consecutive days you are Totally or Partially Disabled and that must elapse before any Salary Continuance benefit is payable. The waiting period commences on the day a medical practitioner examines you and certifies that you are totally disabled. legalsuper offers members a choice of three waiting periods: 

  • 30 days;
  • 60 days; or
  • 90 days.

No benefits are payable during the waiting period. During the waiting period you can return to work for up to five days, without having to start a new waiting period. If this occurs, the days worked will be added to your waiting period.

Sometimes, finalising a claim can take longer than expected - there is no assurance that your claim will be finalised by the end of your waiting period. Your approved claim won’t commence payment until your waiting period has ended. Once it has been approved, your benefits will be paid in arrears from the end date of your waiting period.

What are the benefit periods of Salary Continuance insurance?

The benefit period is the maximum length of time that you may continue to receive a benefit payment. It is determined by your choice in your last approved application for Salary Continuance insurance. Members can choose either the standard benefit period, or from three optional benefit periods.

  1. Standard benefit period: The standard benefit period is a maximum of two years.
  2. Optional benefit periods: For a higher premium, members can choose from the following options. 
  • Five year benefit period
  • Benefit period to age 60
  • Benefit period to age 65

If your benefit period is 5 years to age 60 or to age 65, the amount of your monthly benefit will be adjusted according to an escalation factor.

Twelve months after a Total or Partial Disability benefit has been continuously paid, your monthly benefit will be increased by the lesser of:

  • The annual CPI increase; and
  • 5%.

Your monthly benefit will not decrease if the percentage change in CPI is negative.

All insurance provided to members of legalsuper is provided under insurance policies issued by Zurich Australia Limited (ABN 92 000 010 195 AFSL 232510). You can read more about insurance provided through legalsuper here.

What does Salary Continuance insurance cost?

Salary Continuance insurance costs vary depending on age, gender, chosen waiting period, benefit period, and coverage amount. 

Insurance fees are deducted from your super account monthly, in arrears. This means you can get cover without it impacting your take-home pay. However, any insurance premiums that are deducted from your super balance will reduce your savings for retirement. 

Salary Continuance insurance is issued in units of coverage. Each unit provides coverage for $100 per month ($1200 per annum). 

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How much cover do you need?

Use our insurance needs calculator to quickly determine the coverage available to safeguard your income and lifestyle if you are unable to work. This tool is designed to provide an estimate based on 75% of your current gross monthly income paid as income plus a Superannuation Contribution Benefit (if you choose), giving you a clearer idea of how much cover could support you. Keep in mind that the figures generated by this calculator are estimates only based on the information you enter and should not be the sole basis for any financial decisions. Assessing your needs and consulting a qualified financial adviser for tailored advice is essential.
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Insurance premiums for females

Age Waiting Period: 30 days Waiting Period: 60 days Waiting Period: 90 days
15 – 19 $3.37 $1.93 $1.23
20 – 24 $3.48 $2.01 $1.27
25 – 29 $3.97 $2.31 $1.42
30 – 34 $5.20 $3.01 $1.66
35 – 39 $7.10 $4.14 $2.24
40 – 44 $9.67 $5.88 $3.56
45 – 49 $13.04 $7.96 $5.85
50 – 54 $17.64 $11.48 $9.20
55 – 59 $24.51 $16.02 $13.50
60 $30.30 $20.06 $16.39
61 $32.65 $21.66 $17.34
62 $29.41 $22.27 $16.86
63 $23.24 $14.28 $9.28
64 $7.67 $4.72 $3.06
Age Waiting Period: 30 days Waiting Period: 60 days Waiting Period: 90 days
15 – 19 $5.28 $4.57 $2.90
20 – 24 $5.52 $4.79 $3.03
25 – 29 $6.43 $5.64 $3.47
30 – 34 $8.59 $7.47 $4.15
35 – 39 $12.01 $10.43 $5.71
40 – 44 $16.71 $15.16 $9.31
45 – 49 $23.18 $21.02 $15.76
50 – 54 $32.30 $31.14 $25.56
55 – 59 $46.30 $44.67 $38.66
60 $55.55 $53.85 $44.19
61 $54.16 $52.11 $41.40
62 $42.69 $46.20 $43.14
63 $31.18 $27.22 $17.76
64 $10.22 $8.94 $5.84
Age Waiting Period: 30 days Waiting Period: 60 days Waiting Period: 90 days
15 – 19 $13.51 $7.61 $6.12
20 – 24 $14.80 $8.40 $6.65
25 – 29 $18.48 $10.58 $8.22
30 – 34 $25.70 $14.54 $10.03
35 – 39 $36.04 $20.46 $13.68
40 – 44 $48.31 $28.48 $20.79
45 – 49 $60.48 $35.54 $30.56
50 – 54 $68.15 $42.16 $37.76
55 $66.43 $40.58 $36.46
56 $62.91 $38.11 $33.54
57 $54.75 $32.59 $27.16
58 $37.63 $21.13 $15.20
59 $12.41 $6.97 $5.02
Age Waiting Period: 30 days Waiting Period: 60 days Waiting Period: 90 days
15 – 19 $13.74 $7.73 $6.29
20 – 24 $15.13 $8.59 $6.85
25 – 29 $19.05 $10.92 $8.52
30 – 34 $26.88 $15.23 $10.58
35 – 39 $38.48 $21.85 $14.75
40 – 44 $53.09 $31.37 $23.17
45 – 49 $69.73 $41.13 $35.98
50 – 54 $86.65 $54.04 $50.08
55 – 59 $98.78 $61.09 $57.22
60 $97.25 $60.09 $52.27
61 $92.08 $56.49 $46.92
62 $79.40 $47.91 $37.00
63 $53.47 $30.47 $20.14
64 $17.64 $10.05 $6.63

Insurance premiums for males

Age Waiting Period: 
30 days
Waiting Period: 
60 days
Waiting Period: 
90 days
15 – 19 $3.03 $1.76 $1.13
20 – 24 $3.16 $1.84 $1.15
25 – 29 $3.38 $2.00 $1.12
30 – 34 $4.09 $2.40 $1.24
35 – 39 $5.41 $3.21 $1.67
40 – 44 $7.43 $4.56 $2.60
45 – 49 $10.47 $6.46 $4.41
50 – 54 $15.27 $10.18 $7.79
55 – 59 $23.32 $15.60 $13.80
60 $30.48 $21.52 $19.06
61 $33.55 $23.71 $21.22
62 $35.89 $24.87 $21.62
63 $24.45 $15.98 $12.24
64 $8.06 $5.27 $4.04
Age Waiting Period: 
30 days
Waiting Period: 
60 days
Waiting Period: 
90 days
15 – 19 $5.11 $3.79 $2.21
20 – 24 $5.41 $4.04 $2.26
25 – 29 $5.91 $4.43 $2.26
30 – 34 $7.32 $5.45 $2.57
35 – 39 $9.91 $7.46 $3.56
40 – 44 $13.94 $10.76 $5.67
45 – 49 $20.15 $15.63 $9.86
50 – 54 $30.27 $25.25 $17.97
55 – 59 $47.60 $39.76 $32.68
60 $60.50 $52.92 $42.71
61 $60.58 $52.40 $42.38
62 $56.82 $47.65 $36.87
63 $35.71 $28.07 $19.72
64 $11.68 $9.19 $6.48
Age Waiting Period: 
30 days
Waiting Period: 
60 days
Waiting Period: 
90 days
15 – 19 $10.80 $5.63 $4.27
20 – 24 $11.10 $6.29 $4.66
25 – 29 $13.11 $7.50 $5.03
30 – 34 $17.08 $9.72 $6.03
35 – 39 $23.62 $13.48 $8.40
40 – 44 $32.72 $19.35 $12.92
45 – 49 $44.30 $26.17 $20.46
50 – 54 $56.31 $35.50 $29.97
55 $59.86 $37.33 $33.33
56 $58.50 $36.21 $32.45
57 $52.14 $31.74 $27.60
58 $36.03 $20.67 $15.97
59 $11.88 $6.83 $5.27
Age Waiting Period:  30 days Waiting Period:  60 days Waiting Period:  90 days
15 – 19 $10.14 $5.67 $4.32
20 – 24 $11.20 $6.35 $4.72
25 – 29 $13.33 $7.64 $5.14
30 – 34 $17.55 $9.99 $6.21
35 – 39 $24.63 $14.09 $8.85
40 – 44 $34.93 $20.71 $13.95
45 – 49 $49.15 $29.16 $23.14
50 – 54 $68.03 $43.26 $37.63
55 – 59 $89.35 $56.42 $54.69
60 $96.58 $63.52 $59.63
61 $94.44 $61.71 $57.16
62 $83.31 $53.51 $47.47
63 $56.23 $34.09 $26.60
64 $18.57 $11.25 $8.78

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