Income protection insurance can help maintain the lifestyle you've built for yourself and your loved ones, by paying a weekly benefit if you are unable to work due to serious illness or injury.

Income protection when you join

Get on with life, knowing you're protected

Depending on your age, employment arrangements, and how you joined QSuper, you may have income protection insurance included as part of your QSuper account. You can check your current level of cover in Member Online.

How much you're insured for

While income protection products typically only protect 75% of your income, QSuper offers up to 87.75%, which includes a payment into your QSuper account.1 This means that if you're unable to work, you can still cover everyday living expenses and continue to grow your super.

How long you'll be paid

If you get sick or injured, you can receive payments for up to two years, giving you time to recover and focus on your health. This is known as a benefit period. You can change your benefit period to receive payments for up to five years or until you reach age 65 in Member Online.2

How long you'll wait

If you make a claim and it is approved, your income protection payments will start 90 days after the date you can't work because of illness or injury (or after you have used up all of your sick leave if this is a longer period of time). This is called a waiting period. You can change your waiting period to 30 or 60 days in Member Online.3

Key QSuper claim statistics

  • 98% Claim acceptance rate4
  • 7,760 Income protection claims paid in 2018-19
  • $188.8m Total paid to members in 2018-19

Cost of income protection insurance

How much you will pay for income protection insurance will depend on your age, income, and employment arrangements. The cost is automatically deducted from your QSuper account, not your take home pay – so there’s no impact on your day-to-day budget.


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Check your current insurance level

Log in to Member Online to see if you have income protection insurance included with your QSuper account. If you don't have cover, you can apply easily online.

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What else to consider

Make an insurance claim

The real value of income protection insurance through your super is when something may happen out of the blue and you need to make a claim. We aim to make the claims process as simple as possible.

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Income protection FAQs Show all Hide all

Yes, your insurance costs are paid monthly in arrears directly from your QSuper account. This means you can have the peace of mind of knowing that you're protected without affecting your day-to-day budget.

Yes, you can change how much you pay for income protection cover to reflect your role. This is called an occupational rating.

Our occupational ratings are:

  • Standard rate
  • Professional rate
  • White collar rate
  • High risk rate.

To find out what your occupational rating is and how this could affect the cost of your insurance, use our Insurance Premium Estimator. Refer to the Accumulation Account Insurance Guide (pdf) for more information about occupational ratings.

If you receive income protection insurance when you first join QSuper, your income protection will be salary-based.

This means your income protection benefit amount and cost will be based on your insured salary, which is determined using the contributions we receive from your employer.

If you didn't receive income protection cover when you first joined QSuper, or you want to be covered for a different amount, you can apply for unitised cover.

With unitised cover, you can buy cover in "units". Each unit is worth $500 a month, and the cost per unit changes with your age. You can buy as many units as you need (subject to maximum limits) – which is great if you receive income from an employer other than the one putting money in your QSuper account, and you want to be covered for your total income from both jobs.

While you can't be covered for an agreed value with QSuper, you can apply for unitised cover.

With unitised cover, you can buy cover in "units". Each unit is worth $500 a month, and the cost per unit changes with your age. You can buy as many units as you need (subject to maximum limits) – which is great if you receive income from an employer other than the one putting money in your QSuper account, and you want to be covered for your total income from both jobs.

Yes, if you feel our insurance is not right for your circumstances, you can cancel any or all of it at any time via Member Online.
There are a few circumstances where your income protection cover will end. For example, your income protection cover will be cancelled if we don't receive any money into your account for a continuous period of 13 months, or if there is not enough money in your account to cover the insurance costs. You can also cancel your insurance at any time via Member Online if you feel it is not right for your needs. Refer to the Accumulation Account Insurance Guide (pdf) for more information about the circumstances when cover will end.
You can choose to have your income protection cover continue even if we stop receiving money into your QSuper account by permanently opting in to cover. This ensures you are covered even if your contributions aren't constant – which is great if you are a contract worker or on leave without pay. You can permanently opt in to cover in Member Online.

For more information about what happens to your income protection cover if we are no longer receiving contributions into your account, read the Accumulation Account Insurance Guide (pdf).

If you have income protection insurance with QSuper, the cost of cover is not tax deductible. However, your income protection insurance is offered through our own insurer who provides affordable bulk insurance rates for our members. Costs are deducted from your super account each month, so there’s no impact on your day-to-day budget. If you take out income protection insurance with a private insurer, you could be eligible to claim a tax deduction on the cost of your cover, but you may pay a higher weekly rate and costs will come out of your take-home pay.

If you are unsure which insurance option is right for you, professional guidance can help.

For more information about income protection insurance, refer to the Accumulation Account Insurance Guide (pdf).