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What is life insurance?

It’s important to protect your family’s future. Life insurance is one way to make sure your loved ones are looked after even after you’re gone. When you take out a life insurance policy, you can choose a beneficiary to receive a lump sum payment if you pass away or are diagnosed with a terminal illness.

This lump sum can help your loved ones keep up with important payments, like rent, mortgage, medical bills, school fees or utility costs, giving them financial peace of mind during a difficult time. 

Peace of mind through our award-winning partner TAL

Money magazine, Canstar and finder awards for 2023

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TAL is our life insurance partner, one of Australia’s largest life insurers. TAL insures millions of Aussies and has been awarded the 2022 - 2023 Canstar Award for Outstanding Value in Direct Life Insurance, the 2023 Finder Award for Highly Commended in Life Insurance and the 2023 Money magazine Award in Direct Life Insurance Cover of the Year. 

Key features and benefits

  • Death benefit

    Lump sum payment paid to your nominated beneficiary or the policy owner if you pass away. You can get a quote online for cover ranging from $100,000 to $1.5 million. For a higher level of cover, call TAL on 1300 345 620.

  • Child’s Critical Illness benefit

    TAL’s Life Insurance includes a built-in Child’s Critical Illness benefit, which protects kids between 2 and 19 (at their next birthday) up to $10,000 if they suffer a specified critical illness event. Additional cover is available on application. 

  • Terminal illness benefit

    If you're diagnosed with a terminal illness and have less than 12 months to live, TAL may offer early payment to provide financial support for you and your family. 

  • Future insurability benefit

    This built-in benefit lets you increase your cover by up to $200,000 without underwriting if you experience a major life event, including getting married, having a child or taking out a mortgage.

TAL Life Insurance is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of you and your family as you progress through major life events like getting married, having children and purchasing a home. It can include discounts if you’re healthy and has a range of benefit options.

All of the above features may have restrictions or conditions. You should read the PDS on TAL's website to understand how it may apply to you. 

To find out more, visit the TAL website. The information you provide on the TAL website will be subject to TAL’s Privacy Statement and Privacy Policy, available on their website.


Why TAL Life Insurance?

Insurance features & benefits

TAL Accelerated Protection has a range of features and benefits you can choose from.

Built by you, for you 

Tailor your cover to suit your individual needs, an insurance plan designed by the person who knows your life best: you.

24/7 grief counselling

24/7 access to dedicated grief support.

$3.5 billion in claims paid*

TAL's claims and health team help with more than just payments: get support from them throughout your recovery.

TAL rewards you for healthy living

Get a discount of up to 15% on your life insurance premiums^

TAL rewards you with lower premiums for looking after your health. Get upfront ongoing discounts of up to 15% on Life, CI and TPD insurance premiums, with TAL's Health Sense program.

Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. Discount calculated and applied by TAL. To find out more, visit the TAL website.

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Getting a quote is simple

1. Explore cover options

Get started with an online life insurance quote with our partner TAL. To find out more, visit the TAL website. The information you provide on the TAL website will be subject to TAL’s Privacy Statement and Privacy Policy, available on their website. 

2. Get a quote in minutes

Enter your personal details: age, date of birth, gender, occupation, income and smoking status. Then, submit your request to the insurer. 

3.  Apply and secure your cover

Depending on the information provided in the quote, you'll either continue the application via a call back from a TAL consultant or proceed online.


Frequently asked questions

Your health plays a significant role in determining your life insurance premiums. If you are in good health, you may qualify for a discount on your premium through TAL Health Sense. If you have pre-existing medical conditions or engage in high-risk activities, your premiums may be higher, or you may not be able to get cover. This will be assessed through the underwriting process.

What other insurance can I include in my Life Insurance plan?

TAL Accelerated Protection has a range of insurances you can include to build cover that’s just right for you.

Total & Permanent Disability (TPD) Insurance

Pays a lump sum enabling options on care and way of life if you become permanently disabled and can’t work.

Critical Illness or Trauma Insurance

Pays a lump sum if you become critically ill. The type of Critical Illness Insurance and any applicable options is stated in your Policy Schedule.

Income Protection Insurance

Provides you with a reoccurring income to help you focus on recovery if you're unable to work due to sickness or injury.

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Things you should know

*In 2022/23 TAL paid $3.5 billion in claims.

^The 15% discount applies to non-smokers meeting BMI criteria that hold 4 benefit types (Life; Critical Illness; TPD and Income Protection). Lower discounts apply for other benefit combinations and smokers. See TAL’s website for information. In all cases, if you are eligible for a Health Sense discount, only the Life, Critical Illness and TPD insurance premiums will receive the discount. Discount calculated and applied by TAL.

Any financial product advice provided on this website is of a general nature only and does not take into account your personal circumstances. Westpac refers customers to TAL Life Limited ABN 70 050 109 450 AFSL 237848 (TAL Life), the issuer of life insurance policies. TAL Life is part of the TAL Dai-ichi Life Australia Pty Ltd ABN 97 150 070 483 group of companies (TAL). If you purchase a life insurance policy as a result of a referral from us, Westpac will receive a commission of 10% of your premiums (exclusive of GST) for the period you continue to hold a policy.

Before purchasing life insurance, you should read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and the Target Market Determination (TMD) to help you decide if life insurance is appropriate to your objectives, circumstances and needs. You can obtain the PDS and TMD from TAL’s website or by calling TAL on 1300 345 620.

By accessing TAL’s website, you will enter a third-party site not owned by Westpac. Any personal information you provide to TAL's website will be collected, used, and disclosed in accordance with TAL's Privacy Statement and Privacy Policy, also available on their website. 

If you would like help deciding whether life insurance is right for you, we recommend speaking to a financial adviser.