Critical Illness Cover



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Understanding Critical Illness coverCritical Illness cover is also known as Trauma cover and pays a lump sum benefit if the Life Insured suffers one of the defined Critical Illness events5.

Sometimes even the healthiest people are diagnosed with illnesses they have little chance of preventing5. Critical Illness benefits are paid regardless of the Life Insured’s ability to work. The funds can be used for any purpose you choose, whether for the reduction of debts, to seek specialist or alternative medical treatment, or make lifestyle changes (such as reducing working hours).

Payment of a benefit under Critical Illness cover reduces the cover amount of any remaining benefits under Life cover and Permanently Unable to Work cover. In certain circumstances this may mean the end of a cover or the insured’s policy. Please refer to the ‘Taking a combination of cover’ section in the Product Disclosure Statement for details.1

What is covered?Critical Illness cover can be added as an option to your Life cover policy.

The following 14 Critical Illnesses are covered under Allianz’ Critical Illness cover. Each Critical Illness is assessed against a specific definition before any claim can be paid. These specific definitions are located in the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) in section 'When a Critical Illness benefit will be payable'.


  • Cancer of specified severity*
  • Open Chest Surgery*
  • Coronary Artery By-Pass*
  • Triple Vessel Angioplasty*
  • Heart Attack of specified severity*
  • Stroke of specified severity*
  • Multiple Sclerosis^
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinson-Plus (atypical parkinsonian) Syndromes ^
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Lung Failure
  • Kidney Failure
  • Liver Failure
  • Major Organ Transplant

Critical Illness marked with * will not be paid if the condition occurs, is first diagnosed, the symptoms leading to the diagnosis become apparent, or the recommendation for surgery is made within 90 days of:

  • The commencement of the benefit;
  • Any increase in the benefit (but only in respect of the increase); or
  • The reinstatement date where Allianz has agreed to reinstate the benefit after it has lapsed.

For Critical Illnesses marked with ^, we will pay 25% of your cover amount on definite diagnosis. Inflation Proofing Increases3 will continue to be applied to the remaining 75% of your Critical Illness cover amount. We will pay the remainder of the benefit when the disease has progressed to a point where your ability to stand and walk (with the assistance of devices such as two canes, crutches or a walker) has deteriorated to the point of becoming debilitating and function is progressively limited despite therapy.

Life Insurance Code of Practice

Allianz Life has adopted the Life Insurance Code of Practice, which contains minimum standards of service and minimum standard medical definitions that customers can expect from insurers.

The Code can be found on the Financial Services Council website.

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Benefits of Critical Illness cover

Lump sum payment

Allianz Critical Illness cover pays a lump sum in the event that the Life Insured suffers one of the defined Critical Illness events5. The minimum Critical Illness cover amount that can be applied for is $50,000 and the maximum cover amount is $500,000. If you wish to apply for Critical Illness cover you must also apply for Life cover and the cover amount of the Critical Illness benefit cannot exceed the Life cover amount.

Payment of a benefit under Critical Illness cover reduces the cover amount of any remaining benefits under Life cover and Permanently Unable to Work cover by that payment amount. In certain circumstances this may mean the end of a cover or the Life Insured’s policy.1

Inclusions

Inflation Proofing Increases

Critical Illness cover amounts automatically increase each year to stay ahead of inflation. Each policy anniversary we increase your cover amount by 5% or the change in the Consumer Price Index, whichever amount is greater, up until the policy anniversary after your 65th birthday. Each year premiums will also be increased in accordance with the increase in your coverage. Any annual increase can be declined, by contacting us 3

Guaranteed renewable policy

Once a policy has been accepted and issued, and provided premiums are paid as due, we guarantee to renew it until the Policy Anniversary after the Life Insured’s 70th birthday.1,4

Eligibility

All Australian permanent residents aged 16 to 55 may apply for Critical Illness cover. We will ask you some questions about your health, lifestyle and family medical history to determine whether or not we are able to offer you cover.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Critical Illness Insurance, is also known as trauma cover or serious illness cover. It provides a lump sum payment (subject to conditions) in the event that you suffer a defined Critical Illness5.Critical Illness cover must be taken out in conjunction with Life Cover.

The funds can be used to pay for treatment and other medical costs, or any associated costs related to lifestyle ‎changes (such as reducing working hours). This can help relieve your family’s financial burden at a very stressful ‎time. Payment of a benefit under Critical Illness cover reduces the cover amount of any remaining benefits under Life cover and Permanently Unable to Work cover by that payment amount. In certain circumstances this may mean the end of a cover or the Life Insured’s policy.1

You must be aged 16 to 55 to apply for Critical Illness cover. Once you are accepted, as long as you pay your premiums, we guarantee to renew your cover until the policy anniversary after 70th ‎birthday, regardless of changes to your health condition.4,1

How much Life, Permanently Unable to Work and Critical Illness cover you need, will vary according to your individual circumstances. In general, you should consider:

  • What you can afford;
  • Whether or not you have dependents (e.g. spouse, partner and/or children) who are reliant on your income
  • Whether or not you have a mortgage, or any other debts for which you are responsible such as credit cards and other loans; and
  • Do you hold any life insurance cover through your superannuation fund?

If you are unsure about the level of cover you require please seek advice from a financial adviser before deciding on appropriate insurance cover.

Despite the fact that most Australians have some level of life insurance cover within their superannuation, you should check ‎the adequacy of this cover, as it might be less than you expect and may not meet your needs. When determining whether or not the cover provided by your superannuation fund is sufficient you need to take into account the total benefit paid by your superannuation fund. This total may be made up of your account balance and an insured benefit or may be limited to the insured benefit only. You should also check whether or not your insurance could be continued if you were to change employers in the future. If you are unsure of the level of cover provided through your superannuation fund, you may wish to speak to the fund provider, a financial adviser or an accountant.
Your cover begins on the day we accept your application for cover and the ‘commencement date’ will appear on your Policy Schedule. Exclusion periods apply to certain Critical Illnesses.5 Your claim is assessed against a specific definition before any claim can be paid. These specific definitions are located in the Product Disclosure Statement. Exclusions apply, please refer to the ‘When is a benefit not payable (policy exclusions)? section in the Product Disclosure Statement.
Allianz Life has adopted the Life Insurance Code of Practice, which contains minimum standards of service and minimum standard medical definitions that customers can expect from insurers. The Code can be found on the Financial Services Council website

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Choose Life cover and your options1

This is a summary only. For terms, conditions, limits, definitions, exclusions, waiting periods, exclusion periods and taking a combination of covers, please refer to the Product Disclosure Statement.

Life Cover

Life cover is also known as life insurance or death cover. It is a way of protecting your family's financial future*.

  • Up to $1.5 million cover depending on your age 1
  • $15,000 funeral advancement included within the cover 7
  • Insure up to 2 people on the same policy
  • Covers diagnosis of Terminal Illness where death is likely to occur within 12 months 10
  • Benefit increases every year to stay ahead of inflation3

*Conditions apply

Critical Illness Cover

Critical Illness cover is also known as trauma cover and pays a lump sum5 benefit if the Life Insured suffers one of the defined Critical Illness events5*.

  • Up to $500,000 cover depending on your age 1
  • Cover for 14 Critical Illnesses as defined 5
  • Benefit increases every year to stay ahead of inflation 3

*Conditions apply

Permanently Unable to Work cover

Permanently Unable to Work cover is also known as Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) cover*.

  • Up to $1.5 million cover depending on your age 1
  • Lump sum payment if you are unlikely ever to work again due to sickness or injury 6
  • Benefit increases every year to stay ahead of inflation 3

*Conditions apply

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and Important information

For terms, conditions and exclusions about our life insurance, please refer to the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS).

Important information: This product is not suitable for purchase within a superannuation fund. We would encourage you to speak to your financial planner or accountant who may be able to provide you with advice.

Important note:Information on this website is general information only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of that, you should, before acting on the advice, consider the appropriateness of the advice, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. Terms, conditions, limits and exclusions apply. Before making any decision you should consider the Allianz Life Plan Product Disclosure Statement and Policy Document (PDS). If necessary, please seek advice from a Financial Adviser before deciding on appropriate insurance cover.

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