Government changes to protect your super
The government rolled out laws in 2019 aimed at protecting your super savings by making sure your balance isn’t reduced by the cost of insurance that you may not need or be able to claim on.
If you’re not least age 25 and/or your super hasn't reached $6,000, PMIF rules mean you need to choose if you want insurance.
The Putting Members’ Interests First (PMIF) changes impact younger members and members with low super balances.
We’re not able to automatically provide insurance in super until you’re at least age 25 and your account balance reaches $6,000 – unless you tell us, in writing, you want cover.
These changes don’t apply if your employer pays for the full cost of your insurance for any cover type.
Need more information?
Visit the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's (ASIC) MoneySmart website.
Visit the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) PMIF webpage.
You need to make a decision about whether or not you want insurance in super.
The types of insurance available, conditions and level of your insurance cover will be specific to the super product you have and are set out in the relevant Insurance Guide which forms part of the Product Disclosure Statement.
If your employer doesn’t pay for your insurance then the cost of insurance is deducted from your super account.
Insurance in super may be a tax effective way to relieve financial stress for you and your loved ones if you become injured, ill or die. It may be a more affordable way to help deal with ongoing living expenses and less income if the unexpected happens.
Ensure the type and amount of insurance cover will meet your financial needs now and in the future. You also need to know the cost of your cover.
Review any other insurance you have and make sure you’re not paying for multiple policies you don’t need or aren’t able to claim on.
As a member of our super fund, insurance (sometimes called default insurance) is available to you without the need for an application or health checks - subject to eligibility requirements.
To be eligible for insurance cover, you must be employed in an Insurable Occupation, be an Australian Resident, and meet all other eligibility requirements as set out in the insurance policy. You’ll find more information about eligibility requirements in the relevant Insurance Guide which forms part of the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS). You need to make sure your super account has sufficient funds to pay for the cost of your insurance premiums and your super account can’t become inactive (inactive means your super hasn’t received a contribution or rollover for 16 months).
If you’ve received a letter to let you know your insurance has been cancelled due to the government’s changes, it may include the option to reinstate your insurance cover—provided you take the steps by the date shown in your cancellation letter. We’ll let you know in writing if your cover has been reinstated.
If your insurance is cancelled then your insurance cover will no longer be available to you and you won’t be able to claim for events that happen from the date your insurance is cancelled. Although you won’t be able to claim on cancelled insurance for any events that happen after 31 March 2020, you can still claim for events that happen before then.
If you don’t want your insurance in super reinstated, you don’t need to do anything.
If you change your mind in the future and would like to have insurance, you’ll need to apply for cover and you may need to provide personal, medical and employment information and your application will need to be assessed and approved by the insurer.
You can apply for other types and amounts of cover by completing a form with your personal, medical and employment information. Your application will also need to be assessed and approved by the insurer.
For information about the eligibility requirements, how much you can apply for, what you’re covered for, when it starts and stops, any occupational ratings that might apply, limitations and exclusions and your insurance options—refer to the relevant Insurance Guide.
If you choose to have insurance in super or apply for cover, you will need to meet the eligibility requirements detailed in the relevant Insurance Guide which forms part of the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).
If you’d like to find out more, call us on 1300 55 7586 or speak to a financial adviser. They can help you with any changes to laws on super, social security and other retirement questions.