The better we protect the people who are important to us, the better our lives are.
Total and Permanent Disability insurance (often called TPD for short) is designed to protect against long term disability and pay a lump sum (or in some cases installments) if you become permanently disabled, as defined in the policy.
- Generally, a permanent disability means you can’t work in your current occupation or in a job you’ve already trained or studied for, or previously worked in. Importantly the minimum waiting period is 6 months before any payment is available.
- It’s important to carefully read the fine print in these specialty policies because different definitions usually apply to TPD insurance. Importantly the minimum waiting period is 6 months before any payment is available.
Your financial advisor from unusual risks is the expert to best help you understand your options and how to ‘sift through the rocks to find the diamonds’.
Practically speaking - "don’t let disability ruin the rest of your life"
Meet Tina and Garry: both parents and positive. Their overseas holiday of a lifetime to the snow turned into a nightmare when a skiing accident left Garry with a serious spinal fracture, two broken wrists, and now facing the possibility of life in a wheelchair.
Apart from dealing with the shock to the family, the couple had to contend with the cost of multiple surgeries, rehabilitation and completely modifying their home and car for Garry.
Because they had sufficient levels of high quality TPD insurance cover in place, they were able to pay out the remaining home mortgage, pay for modifications to the house and car, pay for world class rehabilitation and even advanced medical gene therapy. There were even enough funds for Tina to reduce her work hours to part time for a year, and still meet the family living expenses while helping Garry adjust to a new life.
Why you may need TPD cover
Our greatest asset is our ability to continue to earn our income.
Most Australians just don't have enough savings or backup resources available to protect their lifestyle if they suffer a permanent disability.
- If you were unable to work, how would you afford to pay your living expenses?
- How would you afford the new and ongoing medical costs associated with serious illness and injuries?
TPD insurance can provide the funds to pay off debts, pay for medical treatments and maintain your lifestyle while you focus on adjusting to what may be a very different lifestyle after a significant accident or illness.
It’s especially relevant for:
- people with partners (and dependants) - particularly if you’re a one-income-family
- people who are financially responsible for a special needs sibling, aging parents or managing a long term medical condition
- people with mortgage debt or paying large rent, who have debts which couldn't be paid out from savings alone
Real Life Statistics
- In Australia, a person suffers a stroke every nine minutes and there are an estimated 475,000 stroke survivors living in our communities. National Stroke Foundation
- Almost half a million Australians are hospitalised each year as a result of injury, and a further 12,000 people die due to injury. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – Injury, June 2017
How it works together with other insurance covers
This is how Total and Permanent Disability insurance works alongside Income Protection and Crisis Recovery insurance.
- TPD insurance is designed to protect against long term disability and pay a lump sum after a 6 months wait if you become permanently disabled, as defined in the policy and you can no longer work in your current occupation.
- Income Protection insurance is designed to protect up to 75% of your income your after a waiting period of your choice, while you cannot work due to sickness or injury.
- Crisis Recovery insurance is designed to pay an immediate lump sum to help offset short-term unexpected medical expenses should you suffer a medical crisis specified in the policy, to help stabilise debt obligations and personal cash flow.
Together they can protect you against long term permanent disability and short term interruption in your ability to go on earning your income. When you meet the conditions of both insurances you can receive both benefit payments
Questions people ask about Total and Permanent Disability protection
Take a look at some quick questions people ask about Total and Permanent Disability protection (TPD) insurance.
Total and Permanent Disability 101
What is it?
Total and Permanent Disability protection (TPD for short) can provide protection against total and permanent disability by providing you a lump sum of money to make lifestyle modifications in case you become disabled and can never work again.
How it helps you
TPD is the ultimate long term peace of mind for you, your partner and your families continuing financial independence.
What's the chance of needing it?
There is a 1 in 20 chance of needing to claim for Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) insurance
You can use this money to cover your medical and rehabilitation costs, as well as any future expenses, which may also include modifying your home or car.
Do I need Total and Permanent Disability insurance?
Most probably, Yes.
TPD insurance is usually bundled with Life Insurance and usually covers a range of significant disabilities that can include hearing loss, loss of sight, mental health disorders, speech impairment, as specified in the policy.
TPD policies either offer cover if you can no longer work in your usual job (own occupation) or may only cover you if you can't work in any job at all (any occupation).
Premiums, terms and conditions will vary according to the definitions used in the insurance contract, so you'll need professional guidance before making any decision.
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