How does Income Protection insurance work?

Taking sick leave or a few days off is fine for your common cold or sprained ankle, but have you wondered how you would you manage if something more serious stopped you working? How do you keep paying rent? How do you feed the family?  If it’s an ongoing illness or disability, it doesn’t take long to go through any savings you have managed to squirrel away.

Income Protection Insurance provides you with an income if you can’t work due to a serious illness or injury. The benefits are paid as a regular monthly income for a specified period, helping you to support yourself, your family and covering essential living expenses while you are not working.

Starting from $1,000 per month, NobleOak Income Protection Insurance will cover you for up to 75% of your before-tax income to a maximum of $25,000 per month. Within these guidelines, you can choose the monthly benefit to suit your needs and budget, as your premiums will be calculated on the amount of the cover.

Next you need to choose your waiting period, which at NobleOak is either 30 days or 90 days.  This is the period before you become eligible to receive your monthly benefit.  If you choose 90 days, your premiums will be lower, because you are effectively self-insuring yourself with your own savings for those first 90 days of disability.

You then choose the benefit period, which is the maximum length of time you will receive the monthly payment while unable to work. At NobleOak you have the choice of a 2-year benefit period, or a benefit period until you are 65.