You never know what life's going to throw at you, so you can’t plan for the unexpected. What you can do is make sure you consider having cost effective insurance cover in place should life take an unexpected turn.
What's the right amount of cover for you?
To work out the cost of your cover to suit your individual needs, enter a few details into our insurance calculator. You can also view your insurance details online by logging into your SuperOnline account.
TelstraSuper and MLC Life Insurance’s Joint Underwriting Philosophy
TelstraSuper understands our members want to be prepared for unexpected events with the right insurance cover for their needs. We believe every member should be able to access cost effective insurance cover.
Default insurance is offered to eligible members through our insurer, MLC Life Insurance. Eligible members can also apply for voluntary insurance cover through the underwriting process. We’ll do our best to make the application process as simple and straightforward as possible.
TelstraSuper and MLC Life Insurance’s joint underwriting philosophy is to act in the best interests of our members. We are committed to supporting and guiding members through the underwriting process.
TelstraSuper and MLC Life Insurance will work together to:
- explain the underwriting process simply and in easy to understand terms
- rely, where possible, on member disclosure during the underwriting process
- obtain additional medical or financial information, when needed to finalise applications, in a timely and efficient manner.
TelstraSuper will act as your advocate to try and ensure that MLC Life Insurance and any other third parties involved in your application act in accordance with this philosophy.
Why have insurance through your super?
We negotiate bulk rates for our members, so you are likely to pay lower premiums than buying cover directly from an insurer. Depending on the product you have, you may receive default* Death & TPD cover on joining the fund. The good news is there's no paperwork or medical exams to complete for default cover.
What's even better is that your insurance premiums are paid directly from your super account so you won’t have to reduce your take home pay or budget for another payment. Plus you’ll receive a 15% rebate into your super account on any insurance premiums you pay for.
If you're an employee of Telstra, TelstraSuper, Sensis (employed prior to 1 July 2014), Telstra Purple (employees from heritage Kloud brand who held an active account on 31 May 2019) or Foxtel, your insurance premiums for default Death & TPD cover are paid for by your employer†. Foxtel also pays for Income Protection cover for its employees.
You can apply to increase, reduce or cancel your cover, see below for details.
MLC Limited** ABN 90 000 000 402, AFSL 230694 ((MLC Life Insurance) provides the Death, Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) and Income Protection cover for the Fund. TelstraSuper does not receive money or other material benefits (other than claims payments for our members and related costs) from our insurer or reinsurer. The premiums paid by members is directly for the cost of insurance and avoids any conflict of interest between our members and our insurer.
If this arrangement ever changes, we will make you aware of this by updating this statement on our website, annual report, PDS and Insurance Guide. We may also notify you directly.
* Subject to the ‘At Work’ requirement and other eligibility criteria, conditions and exclusions contained in the relevant insurance policy. See the relevant PDS for further information.
** TelstraSuper’s former group life and Income Protection insurer, TAL Life Limited ABN 70 050 109 450 AFS Licence 237848 (TAL), also insures members for certain claims where a death or disability occurred before 1 July 2020.
†Except for employee of Sensis (new employees from 1 July 2014), 1300 Australia, Chief Entertainment and Telstra SNP Monitoring, Telstra Health and Telstra Purple (new employees from 1 June 2019) premiums will be deducted from your account quarterly in arrears or on withdrawal if you leave Telstra Super Corporate Plus. It also excludes members who don’t have their Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contributions paid to TelstraSuper.
What cover do you have?
The cover you have depends on the product you have. The table below gives you a guide to what insurance is available for each product, or for more information you can download the full Corporate Plus Insurance Guide or Personal Plus Insurance Guide or the relevant Product Disclosure Statement. You can also log in to SuperOnline to confirm what insurance cover you have, your premiums and what's paid by you and what's paid by your employer.
Default Death cover
|Voluntary Death cover||Default TPD cover||Voluntary TPD cover||Income Protection cover*||Transfer external cover to TelstraSuper||Life Events cover|
TelstraSuper Corporate Plus
Members who work for Telstra or related company
||✓||✓ †||✓ †||✓*
TelstraSuper Personal Plus
Members who have left Telstra or a related company or relatives of TelstraSuper members
Members receiving an income stream
(under age 65)
TelstraSuper Division 2
Defined Benefit members
TelstraSuper Division 5
Defined Benefit members
* Only available to members employed on a full-time or permanent part-time basis. Not available to members in casual employment.
^TelstraSuper RetireAccess Term Allocated Pension members are not entitled to any insurance cover.
† If you identify as non-binary, eligibility will depend on you affirming a binary gender via the ‘Gender affirmation and insurance opt-in’ form. This is because the relevant premiums are based on binary gender (male/female) pricing. The ‘Gender affirmation and insurance opt-in form’ is available by contacting TelstraSuper on 1300 033 166.
Types of insurance cover
Income Protection (IP)
Income Protection insurance provides you with a partial replacement income that helps to support your return to health and work (if applicable), if you become unable to work due to accident or sickness. The replacement income can be up to 75% of your salary (excluding super), with an additional 10% of your salary (excluding super) paid into your superannuation account. This helps you to cover your daily expenses while still contributing to super while you are off work. Income Protection cover is not available to members in casual employment.
Death only or Death & Total and Permanent Disability cover (TPD)
Losing a loved one is never easy. So, leaving behind some financial security will give them some added peace of mind. Death cover is available on its own, or you can bundle it with Total & Permanent Disablement (TPD) cover. Death cover includes cover for terminal illness.
If you become totally and permanently disabled and you are unlikely to work due to accident or sickness, you could receive a lump sum payment with TPD cover.
About your insurance
Changing my insurance cover
If you want to make changes to your cover:
- Read the relevant PDS and Insurance Guide for your membership category and log in to SuperOnline to confirm what insurance you have.
- Use the needs calculator to estimate how much insurance you may need.
- Use the premium calculator to help estimate what your new premiums will be.
- Log into your online account* or
- Complete the form below and return it to TelstraSuper.
The form can either be mailed back to us or emailed to [email protected]. Once we have submitted your application to MLC Life Insurance, you will be contacted by a Tele-Underwriting Consultant at a scheduled time, who will guide you through the insurance cover application. This phone call can take up to 30-45 minutes, depending on your responses to the medical, health and lifestyle questions.
Transferring my cover
If you have insurance cover with another super fund or life insurance company, you can apply to have it transferred across to TelstraSuper.
For Death Only cover or Death & TPD cover transfers, if your application is successful, you’ll be provided with the equivalent amount of voluntary cover (in addition to any voluntary cover already held in TelstraSuper), as provided by your previous super fund or insurer. A cap of $2,000,000** applies on all transfers. Log into your online account* or complete the Transfer External Insurance Application to apply.
For Income Protection cover transfers, if your application is successful, you’ll be provided with the equivalent amount of voluntary cover and the same waiting period and benefit period† in TelstraSuper as provided by your previous super fund or insurer (subject to the maximum amounts and periods permitted in the policy).
This cover will replace any existing Income Protection cover you have in TelstraSuper and will be a fixed amount of cover†. A cap of $15,000** applies per month. Complete the Transfer External Insurance Application to apply.
Keep in mind certain occupations are not eligible for insurance transfer. So don't cancel your existing cover until you receive written confirmation that your insurance has been transferred. Refer to the relevant Insurance Guide for more information.
*Eligible members only. Or you can download most forms from telstrasuper.com.au/forms.
† Income Protection cover transfers are a fixed amount of voluntary cover and are not based on any salary for insurance purposes reported to TelstraSuper by your employer. The maximum amount of IP cover you can transfer is 85% of your current salary or $15,000 per month, whichever is lower. The waiting period from the cover you wish to transfer will be matched to the same waiting period in TelstraSuper. If the transferred waiting period is not available with TelstraSuper, the waiting period that will apply will be the next longest waiting period. If the benefit period you wish to transfer is not available with TelstraSuper, the benefit period that will apply will be the next shortest benefit period. Members in casual employment and self-employed members (unless you are both a director and employee of a private company) are not eligible to transfer IP cover.
** Your cap might be lower in certain circumstances as set out in the policy.
Cancelling or reducing my insurance cover
You can cancel or reduce your existing insurance via your online account*.
To cancel or reduce your existing insurance cover you can also:
- call us on 1300 033 166; or
- send an email to [email protected] letting us know you want to cancel or reduce your cover - please provide your membership number and contact details in the email; or
- fill in this form and either email, fax or mail back to us.
It's important to note that if you cancel any insurance, including any default cover, and wish to reapply at a later date, evidence of your occupation, health and lifestyle will need to be provided to MLC Life Insurance for assessment. MLC Life Insurance may place an exclusion or premium loading on cover or may decline cover as a result of their assessment.
If you cancel your cover:
- you will not be able to make a claim for insurance benefits for events or conditions that arise after your cover has been cancelled
- we will no longer deduct insurance premiums for the cover you have cancelled
- your ability to restart your cover will be subject to a health assessment and acceptance by our insurer who may place an exclusion or premium loading on cover and you may not be able to get cover
- if you are replacing your cover with alternative cover, you should not cancel your existing insurance until the replacement cover is in place.
Before you cancel your insurance, you may wish to discuss your decision with a financial adviser from TelstraSuper Financial Planning Adviser on 1300 033 166.
Making a claim
Making an insurance claim can be a stressful time. The first starting point is to contact our Member Services team on 1300 033 166. You can find out what kind of cover you have and how much cover you have by logging into your SuperOnline account. It's important to consider your cash flow needs if you're finishing work due to illness or injury or face a death in the family. TelstraSuper Financial Planning can provide advice.
Why have insurance through you super?
We negotiate bulk rates for our members so you are most likely to pay lower premiums than buying directly from an insurer. Depending on the membership category you're in, you may receive default insurance cover when you join the fund. This means that there's no paperwork or medical exams to complete*.
What’s even better is that any member paid insurance premiums are paid directly from your super account so you won’t have to reduce your take home pay or budget for insurance through TelstraSuper.
Since 1 July 2020, MLC Limited ABN 90 000 000 402 AFS Licence 230694 (MLC Life Insurance) has been TelstraSuper’s main group life and group Income Protection insurance provider. However, TelstraSuper’s former group life and group Income Protection insurer, TAL Life Limited ABN 70 050 109 450 AFS Licence 237848 (TAL), insures members for certain claims where a death or disability occurred before 1 July 2020.*Further eligibility criteria and terms and conditions may apply. For more information read the relevant PDS and Insurance Guide.
We're here to help
At TelstraSuper we're here to help you build a secure financial future. Before making any significant financial decisions we would encourage you to speak to TelstraSuper Financial Planning that has a team of phone based Advisers who can provide you with simple advice to help you work out how much insurance you need. There's no additional cost for our phone based service as this is included in your TelstraSuper membership. If you’d like to discuss your insurance or if you have any other financial advice queries contact us on 1300 033 166 or fill in our online contact form.Online contact form