Redundancy insurance can help provide you with financial support after you’ve been made involuntarily redundant due to an illness or injury. For example, your redundancy cover might pay you 75% of your lost income for three months.
Redundancy insurance policies aren’t a typical feature of income protection. If offered by an income protection insurance company, they could be offered as an optional extra that you can add to your income protection cover.
You might find that banks may offer redundancy cover to customers with both a mortgage and income protection policy. With these products, the benefits paid out generally go straight towards home loan repayments.
Your premiums will be calculated using factors unique to you, such as your age and occupation; therefore, the cost of redundancy insurance will be different for everyone. Furthermore, redundancy cover is usually an optional extra, so insurers may charge different amounts to add it to your income protection policy. This will, in turn, affect your income protection premium.
However, the premiums you pay for your income protection insurance may be tax-deductible.1
When making a redundancy insurance claim, you’ll generally need to provide your insurer with a copy of your redundancy letter. However, before you get to that stage, many insurers will require that you:
Some insurers may even require you to actively seek new employment (e.g. registering with a recruitment agency) before approving your claim.
Yes. A voluntary redundancy happens when your employer offers you financial compensation to agree to terminate your employment. A compulsory or involuntary redundancy doesn’t give you that choice, and your employment is terminated regardless of whether you agreed to it.
Redundancy insurance, therefore, only covers involuntary redundancy since you were essentially forced out of your job.
Your involuntary unemployment cover benefits may affect your Centrelink payments. For example, suppose you were to register for JobSeeker payments while searching for new employment; in that case, Centrelink would consider your income (which may include your insurance benefits) when assessing how much to pay you.2
If you’d like to know how your redundancy insurance may affect any Centrelink payments you receive, you can contact your insurer or Centrelink to find out.
That will depend on where your unemployment benefits are coming from. If you were receiving benefits from your redundancy insurance, your monthly benefits would usually amount to a percentage of your income or up to a dollar figure (e.g. $3,000).
If you’re receiving unemployment benefits from Centrelink, the amount you’ll receive will depend on several different things, like which payment you’re eligible for (e.g. JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, etc.) and your individual circumstances. To find out how much your unemployment benefits from Centrelink could be, contact Centrelink.
There are certain grounds on which you may access your superannuation before retirement age, including severe financial hardship (which can happen after a job loss).3 In this event, you’ll need to contact your super provider directly to apply for early release.
Keep in mind any potential impacts that early withdrawal from your super can have on your future retirement lifestyle.
1 Australian Government: Australian Taxation Office – Income protection insurance. Last updated August 2021. Accessed October 2021.
2 Australian Government: Services Australia – JobSeeker: Income test. Last updated April 2021. Accessed October 2021.
3 Australian Government: Australian Taxation Office – Early access to your super. Last updated September 2021. Accessed October 2021.