A flexible life insurance policy that is easy for you to change as your life changes.
Product Disclosure Statement (PDS)
Effective Date: 27 July 2015
Who’s responsible for Westpac Instant CoverWestpac Instant Cover is issued by Westpac Life, located at: Level 20, Westpac Place, 275 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000.
Westpac Life is a wholly owned subsidiary of Westpac
Banking Corporation (the Bank) ABN 33 007 457 141. This product is distributed by the Bank. Westpac Instant Cover is not a deposit with or liability of the Bank. Neither the Bank, nor any other member of the Westpac Group* (other than
Westpac Life) stands behind or is otherwise responsible for
the insurance or the payment of any claims.
This Westpac Instant Cover Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) has been prepared and issued solely by Westpac Life.
Westpac Life is the insurer and all references to “we”, “us”
and “our” in this PDS are references to Westpac Life, not the Bank, except where otherwise indicated.
This PDS includes information to help you make an informed decision about whether to purchase Westpac Instant Cover, including information about its significant benefits and its cost. If we accept your application for insurance, we will send you a Policy Document, together with your Policy Schedule. Together, the Policy Document and your Policy Schedule will set out the terms and conditions of your contract of insurance. They describe the insurance we’ll provide for you in return for you paying your premium as required. Make sure you keep a copy of these documents in a safe place so you can refer to them if you have questions or need to make a claim.
Please ensure you carefully read this PDS and understand the extent of cover before completing your application. We are happy to explain the benefits of this insurance. If you require further information please contact us on 13 18 17, 8am to 6.30pm (Sydney time), Monday to Friday.
* The Westpac Group means Westpac Banking Corporation and its related bodies corporate.
• Changes to the PDS: The information in this PDS is current at the date of preparation and may change. If we become aware of any change that is materially adverse to potential policy holders, we will issue a supplementary or replacement PDS. Updates of information that is not materially adverse to potential policy holders are available at any time at: westpac.com.au (search for “Instant Cover”) or by calling us on 13 18 17 for a free paper copy.
• General advice: The information in this PDS is general in nature and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. So in deciding whether this insurance is right for you, you should consider the information in this PDS carefully, having regard to your own personal circumstances.
• Your Duty to be Truthful: In applying for this insurance, it is important that you comply with your Duty to be Truthful. Please refer to page 12 of the PDS to ensure you understand this important duty.
Introducing Westpac Instant
The terms and conditions of your cover are set out in the
Policy Document, the Policy Schedule and any Endorsement Letter we send you. But before that, we wanted to say a little
about the cover we provide and about life insurance more generally.
Before you read any further
Westpac Instant Cover is available to persons aged 18 to 35, permanently residing in, and receiving this PDS within, Australia. You can only have one Westpac Instant Cover policy in place at any one time. You cannot transfer ownership of this policy. You must be an Australian Resident to apply for the Disability Benefit, the Injury Protect Benefit or the Injury Protect Plus Benefit. For people who do not meet these eligibility criteria, please call us on 13 18 17, 8am to 6.30pm (Sydney time), Monday to Friday, to discuss other solutions that we may be able to offer you.
Knowing what you are getting
Yes, this PDS is about insurance, but we promise you it won’t be a tough read. This PDS gives you the plain-speak overview of Westpac Instant Cover.
We focus on the good stuff
Sure, insurance only comes into play when something unforeseen happens, but nobody wants to talk about that. What we will say is that insurance can help make a bad situation a whole lot better.
Choosing the right protection
Unfortunately, bad things do happen. You have limited control over that. What you do have control over is which path you take – ignore or insure.
Ignoring the possibility means you could leave your loved ones in financial difficulty.
Insuring yourself means you and the people you care about could have financial help in a time of need.
Table of Contents
Introducing Westpac Instant Cover ���������������������������������������������������������� 1
Knowing what you are getting ... 1
We focus on the good stuff ... 1
Choosing the right protection ... 1
Making the choice easy ... 2
Understanding your cover ������������������������������������������������������������������������ 3 Summary of benefits �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 4 What is included ... 8
What isn’t included (exclusions) ... 8
Making Westpac Instant Cover relevant to you ... 10
Your policy from start to finish ����������������������������������������������������������������12 1. Applying for a policy ...12
2. Commencing and maintaining your policy ...13
3. Your costs ...14
4. If you need to make a claim ...16
5. When does your policy end? ... 18
Other important information�������������������������������������������������������������������19 We are here for you along the way �������������������������������������������������������� 20 Resolving your complaints... 20
We respect your privacy ������������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Why we collect your personal information ... 21
Disclosing your personal information ... 21
Other important information about privacy... 22
Communications from us ... 22
Making the choice easy
We’ve done our best to design an easy life insurance package to suit a broad range of customers. We asked loads of our customers what they wanted from life insurance. Their answers followed 3 key themes: choice, flexibility and simplicity. Westpac Instant Cover delivers all 3.
Rather than only offering insurance that includes all of the bells and whistles, some of which you may never need, Westpac Instant Cover allows you to choose which of the bells and which whistles (we call them Optional Benefits) work for you right now.
As your life changes, so will your needs. With Westpac Instant Cover, your insurance can change with you. All you need to do is let us know which option you want to add or remove, and we’ll take care of the rest.
With so much else going on in your life, we understand that you don’t want to waste time on complicated matters. That’s why we’ve made Westpac Instant Cover all very easy.
It’s easy to understand what is included (and what’s not). It’s easy to apply. It’s easy to update your cover to keep up with your life stage. And it’s easy to make a claim.
Understanding your cover
Below is a detailed summary of what can be added or removed from time to time to keep your policy up to date with your life stage.
Table of Benefits
The table on pages 4 to 7 is a summary of all of the benefits and features that are available within a Westpac Instant Cover policy. They have been divided into:
• Core Benefits: these are included in every policy.
• Optional Benefits: you can choose any of these benefits that are appropriate for your life stage. You can add or remove these benefits from time to time to keep your policy up to date with your life stage. There is an additional charge for these Optional Benefits which you can ask about when applying for the insurance.
• Bonus Features are included in every policy at no extra cost and include:
– Financial Hardship Benefit – Premium Relief Benefit^
The table on pages 4 to 7 gives you a brief summary of each benefit, as well as a few ideas on the difference the money could make if you ever need to make a claim. We have also included a page reference to the Policy Document where you will find the full terms and conditions for each benefit. Benefits payable under this policy are subject to limitations and exclusions. Please refer to the
Policy Document and to the exclusions contained within this PDS.
For a copy of the Policy Document, free of charge, please go online to westpac.com.au or call us on 13 18 17, 8am to 6.30pm (Sydney time), Monday to Friday.
Benefit When is the benefit paid?+ Who is it paid
to? What difference can it make? Policy doc ref� Cor e Benefits E ST A TE P LA N N IN G Death
Benefit If you die, we will pay your Death Benefit, reduced by any Disability Benefit or Funeral Benefit paid or payable under your policy. You can apply for a Death Benefit between $50,000 and $500,000.
Your estate Your family may be able to stay in their home because they can continue paying the rent or mortgage. It can help them look forward to a secure future where they will be able to make real life choices based on needs and wants rather than affordability. Page 5 Terminal Illness Benefit
If you suffer a Terminal Illness, which means that you have been diagnosed as suffering from an Injury or Illness with less than 12 months to live, we will pay your Death Benefit, reduced by the amount of any Disability Benefit paid or payable under your policy.
If you receive a Terminal Illness Benefit payment, you will not be entitled to a Death Benefit payment.
You Rather than wasting your limited time counting your pennies, you can count your blessings that your loved ones will be able to continue on the path you had planned for them.
You have the choice to source better treatments to make you more comfortable. Perhaps your partner can take time off work to spend with you. Maybe you’ll even feel up to ticking some things off your ‘one day I will…’ list. Page 7 Optional Benefits E ST A TE P LA N N IN G Funeral
Benefit We will pay an Advancement of $10,000 of your Death Benefit if you die, for funeral expenses and other immediate costs, within 48 hours of receiving all necessary claim information, including funeral invoices.
Reimbursed to the payer, or paid directly to the funeral service provider (if advised) with any residual amount to your estate.
The last thing you want to leave behind is a big funeral bill. This benefit will help to take the heat off until your estate is settled by helping to pay any immediate funeral costs. Page 9 Final Affairs Benefit
We will pay $10,000, in addition to your Death or Terminal Illness Benefit, if you die or suffer a
Your estate if you die. You if you suffer a Terminal
Pay your own way to the end. This benefit could help cover the costs of settling your estate and wrapping up your final matters.
Page 10 DI SA BI LIT Y A ND INJ U R Y Disability
Benefit We will pay an Advancement of your Death Benefit, of up to $75,000, if you suffer a Loss of Limbs, Sight or Loss of Independent Existence (in summary, meaning that you are physically unable to look after yourself without assistance).
You Maintain some independence by helping to pay your own medical and rehabilitation costs, employing home care or making necessary adjustments to your home.
Page 11 Injury Protect and Injury Protect Plus Benefits
If you suffer one of the listed fractures or burns in the Policy Document, we will pay the amount specified for that fracture or burn, which range from $1,000 up to $200,000. Specific exclusions apply, including for certain high risk sporting activities. Any amount payable is in addition to the payment of any Terminal Illness Benefit or Death Benefit.
You Aside from helping to cover medical expenses, this benefit could help you minimise the impact an injury can have on your lifestyle by allowing you time to recover properly, rather than rushing back to work because there are bills to pay.
Summary of benefits
Benefit When is the benefit paid?+ Who is it
paid to? What difference can it make? Policy doc ref� Optional Benefits FA M ILY Child Care
Benefit We will pay $500 once per year (up to a maximum of $3,500 in total) over the life of this benefit if your Nominated Child(ren), who is aged from 0-7 years, suffers one of the sicknesses or injuries (fractures and burns) specified in the Policy Document. Examples of illnesses that are covered are Chickenpox and Meningococcal infection.
You While you soothe their aches and pains, this benefit might ease your financial woes by helping you cover:
• medical expenses; • lost day care costs;
• a babysitter or carer if you can’t get time off work.
Benefit We will pay a one-off benefit amount of $30,000, in addition to your Death Benefit or Terminal Illness Benefit, if you die or suffer a
Terminal Illness. Your estate if you die. You, if you suffer a Terminal Illness.
This benefit might be the difference between your child(ren) receiving the education you had planned for, and whatever the family can afford when you are no longer around to support them.
Benefit We will pay $50,000, in addition to your Death Benefit or Terminal Illness Benefit, if you die or suffer a Terminal Illness.
Your estate if you die. You, if you suffer a Terminal Illness.
This money could financially help the guardian/carer of your child(ren). It might allow them to cut back their work hours or perhaps relocate so they can be there for your child(ren). Page 19 Family Cover Benefit
We will pay $20,000, in addition to your Terminal Illness Benefit, if you suffer a
You You can dedicate this money to meeting the costs associated with treating a
Terminal Illness. Page 20 Bonus Featur es ^ Financial Hardship Benefit
If you are experiencing Financial Hardship, we can waive your premium for up to 3 continuous months. You will not be eligible to claim for any benefit due to any
Illness, Injury, death or other event that
first occurred whilst the Financial Hardship Benefit is in effect.
N/A Being short of cash for a little while shouldn’t mean you lose your safety net altogether. Let us know and we’ll put your cover on hold while you get your finances sorted. Page 21 Premium Relief Benefit
If you are paying monthly premiums, you can select one month each year where we will not deduct a premium.
N/A Being relieved of one bill in a big spending month can take a lot of pressure off. For example, you could choose December if you want to spend a little extra on presents.
+Pre-existing Condition, drug and alcohol exclusions apply as do others. Please refer to the Policy Document for full details.|
What is included
It is important to us that you understand exactly what Westpac Instant Cover offers you� Please read this section carefully� Westpac Instant Cover provides a lump sum benefit amount to you or your estate should you suffer a Terminal Illness or die. • You can apply between the ages of 18 and 35.
• No medical examination or health declaration required to apply. • You can choose a level of cover from $50,000 up to a maximum
amount of $500,000.
• You can choose to add or remove additional Optional Benefits to keep your policy in line with your life stage (additional charges may apply).
• You are covered right up to the Review Date prior to when you turn age 100^, as long as premiums have been paid on time. • Your policy is guaranteed renewable to age 100, even if there
is a change in your health, occupation or pastimes, as long as premiums are paid when due.
• Your beneﬁt will automatically increase annually by 3% on each
Review Date to keep pace with the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
changes, unless you write to us requesting us not to. • You are covered worldwide, 24 hours a day.
What isn’t included (exclusions)
We’ve told you about what is included� Now, we would like to tell you what isn’t covered� Please read this section carefully� You are not covered for:
• suicide or attempted suicide (whether sane or insane) within 13 months of the latter of:
(i) the Policy Commencement Date;
(ii) the Benefit Commencement Date;
(iii) the date we increase the Death Benefit, for the increased portion of the Death Benefit (other than for automatic annual increases); or
(iv) the date your policy was last re-instated, if your policy has lapsed; or
This exclusion does not apply to Child Care, Premium Relief or Financial Hardship Benefits;
• an Injury or Illness caused by alcohol, non-prescribed drugs or drugs taken in excess of the prescribed amounts; or
^Expiry age for Optional Benefits may differ. Please refer to the Policy Document for further details.
• a Pre-existing Condition that existed in the 5 years prior to: (i) the Policy Commencement Date;
(ii) the Benefit Commencement Date; and
(iii) the date we increase the benefit for the increased portion of the benefit; or
• once the policy expires at the policy Review Date preceding your 100th birthday.
You are also not covered for any specific exclusions that apply to the Optional Benefits, which include a Pre-existing
Condition exclusion and others. The full details are provided
in the Policy Document.
Making Westpac Instant Cover relevant to youWestpac Instant Cover offers benefits that you may find more beneficial at different stages of your life. The table below highlights some benefits that may fit within your life stage.
Life stage Benefit structure
The single life
Aahh, life is good and relatively simple. No ties, no responsibilities. We don’t want to burst your bubble, but bad things aren’t reserved for the old and weary. They can and do happen to the young and carefree as well.
Death & Terminal Illness Benefits Disability Benefit
Injury Protect Benefit
Congratulations! Getting married or being in a committed relationship is an exciting time. When you are planning how you are going to share the best years of your lives together, don’t forget to prepare for the worst times as well. Whether you tie the knot or commit to a life partner, you also bring together your finances including debts, assets, expenses, etc.
Death & Terminal Illness Benefits Funeral Benefit
Disability Benefit Injury Protect Benefit
From the moment your child is born, you can’t help but have hopes and dreams for their future. To protect your children’s future, you need to consider insuring both parents, regardless of whether you both earn an income or not.
Death & Terminal Illness Benefits Child Care Benefi
Funeral Benefit Education Benefit
Disability Benefit Guardian Benefit
Family Cover Benefit
Whether you are in a relationship, a single parent, or divorced, you want to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle, own your own home or have a few extra dollars in the bank. You’ve reached a point in your life where you want to protect your financial security and to make sure you have protected everything that you’ve worked hard for. It would be heartbreaking to lose it all because you weren’t insured.
Death & Terminal Illness Benefits Education Benefit
Funeral Benefit Guardian Benefit
Final Affairs Benefit Family Cover Benefit
Disability Benefit Injury Protect Benefit
This table is a guide only and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Please consider this information with regard to your own personal circumstances before acting on it.
Colour Guide Estate Planning Benefits Family Benefits
Your policy from start to finishWe understand that insurance can be a little overwhelming� This is why we’ve broken it down into these 5 simple steps� Just follow these easy steps to getting covered, maintaining your cover and making a claim.
1. Applying for a policyRead this PDS
Make sure you understand the Westpac Instant Cover offer. This PDS should help you decide whether the insurance is right for you.
If we accept your application for insurance, we will send you a
Policy Document, together with your Policy Schedule. Together,
the Policy Document and your Policy Schedule will set out the terms and conditions of your contract of insurance.
For a copy of the Policy Document, free of charge, please go online to westpac.com.au or call us on 13 18 17, 8am to 6.30pm (Sydney time), Monday to Friday.
Your level of cover
You can choose the amount of the Core Benefit from $50,000 up to a maximum of $500,000 and add any Optional Benefit(s) to suit your life stage.
How to apply
You don’t need to wait for our call. You can phone us on 13 18 17, 8am to 6.30pm (Sydney time), Monday to Friday, and tell us the benefits you want to be covered for.
Your Duty to be Truthful
It’s important to be truthful in your dealings with us. Before we issue a policy, we use the information that you provide to decide whether to insure you and, if so, on what terms. If you make a misrepresentation to us before we issue or re-instate your policy, we may be able to:
• reduce the sum insured or vary the policy to reflect the terms that would have applied if you had been truthful; or
• treat the policy as never having existed if it is within 3 years of entering into the policy or your misrepresentation was fraudulent.
2. Commencing and maintaining your policyYour policy starts
Cover under this policy starts on the Policy Commencement
Date shown in the Policy Schedule. Each year, we review the
premium that you pay. We do this on the anniversary of the Policy
Commencement Date. We call this anniversary the Review Date.
Who is insured?
This is the person who we agree to insure and whose name is shown in the Policy Schedule as the Life Insured.
Who do we pay?
We will pay any eligible claims (except for a Funeral Benefit) to you or, in the case of your death, to your estate.
We will pay any eligible claims for the Funeral Benefit as either a reimbursement of funeral expenses to the payer of this service or pay the funeral service provider direct, on receipt of satisfactory proof. Any residual benefit amount will be made payable to your estate.
Cancelling during the cooling-off period
After we issue your Policy Schedule, you have 30 days from the
Policy Commencement Date to check that the policy meets your
needs. This is known as the ‘cooling-off’ period.
You can cancel the policy within the cooling-off period for any reason by calling us on 13 18 17, 8am to 6.30pm (Sydney time), Monday to Friday, or by writing to us at Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited, GPO Box 524, Sydney NSW 2001.
If you decide to cancel your policy within the cooling-off period, we will cancel your policy once we have received your request and will refund any premiums you have paid (less any amounts of tax or duties which we are unable to recover). Please note that you cannot exercise your right of cooling-off if a claim has been made under the policy.
Cancelling after the cooling-off period
While you hold a policy
You can apply to increase or decrease your Core Benefit cover and add or remove Optional Benefits as your needs change. Your premium may change to reflect these changes.
To make any changes call Customer Relations on 13 18 17, 8am to 6.30pm (Sydney time), Monday to Friday.
Consumer Price Indexation (CPI)
We will increase the amount of your Death Benefit and Terminal Illness Benefit by the automatic annual increase on each Review
Date of this policy to keep pace with the Consumer Price Index
(CPI) changes. The automatic annual increase is 3%. We will notify you of the increase 30 days prior to the policy Review Date. You can decide not to have automatic annual increases You can tell us by writing to the below address, at least 30 days prior to a Review Date, not to increase the amount of your benefit, either for the particular year or for the remaining time of your policy. Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited
GPO Box 524, Sydney NSW 2001
Please note that you will lose your automatic right to increase your benefit if you tell us not to apply the automatic annual increase for 2 years in a row.
However, if you ask us to automatically increase at any Review
Date after this, we may restart the automatic annual increase.
3. Your costsPremium
We calculate your premium when your policy begins. Your premium depends on a number of factors, including:
• the amount of your Death Benefit (for example, as a general rule, the higher your benefit level, the higher your premium); • the Optional Benefit(s) you have selected (for example, as a general rule, the more Optional Benefits you have, the higher your premium);
• your age; • your gender;
• smoking status (for example, smokers will pay a higher premium);
• whether the Premium Relief Benefit has been applied; • the frequency at which you choose to pay your premium; and • the annual policy fee.
Your premium includes all current taxes and stamp duty.
Westpac Instant Cover is a stepped premium policy. On the Review
Date each year your premium will increase with age and automatic
annual increases. We will inform you of your new premium in an anniversary letter 30 days prior to the new premium taking effect.
Calculating your premium
To calculate your premium, we add together the premium for each benefit on your policy and then add the policy fee. You can pay premiums monthly or annually.
If you increase an existing benefit or add a new benefit between
Review Dates and you are paying annually, the additional premium
that you have to pay will be the additional annual premium, multiplied by the number of months from the date this benefit or increase started to the next Review Date, divided by 12.
If you increase an existing benefit or add a new benefit between
Review Dates and you are paying monthly, your monthly premiums
will increase from the next monthly premium that is payable after the benefit or increase started.
If you reduce or remove an existing benefit and you are paying annually, any surplus premium paid for that benefit from the date of cancellation to the next Review Date will be refunded to your nominated bank account.
If you reduce or remove an existing benefit and you are paying monthly, your monthly premiums will reduce from the next monthly premium that is payable after the benefit is reduced or cancelled. Policy fee
We charge a policy fee which is included in your premium. If you pay annually the policy fee is $78 or if you choose to pay monthly, the policy fee is $6.50 per month. When a Premium Relief Benefit applies, your policy fee will be $7.10 per month (based on your premium being paid over 11 months, instead of 12 months). The policy fee is not subject to automatic annual increases.
Changes to your premium rates, discount factors and policy fee Premiums, discount factors and the annual policy fees are not guaranteed. These can only be changed after we have given 3 months written notice to all policy holders who have this version of the policy. In the event of war or invasion involving Australia, we may give immediate notice of a premium change.
When will you have to pay premiums?
Premiums are payable effective from the Policy Commencement
Date. Premiums are charged monthly or yearly once the cover has
commenced. You can pay by MasterCard®*, Visa, automatic debit from your bank account, or by any other method that we may make available.
Card Payment Fees
In addition to the premium, we may recover other charges that we incur for direct debit or credit card payments that you make.
What happens if you don’t pay your premiums when they are due?
We will write and tell you if your premiums are overdue. We will give you the time specified in the notice to pay this amount. If you do not pay your premium by the due date, we may cancel your policy by giving you 30 days written notice of cancellation. Re-instatement
We may let you re-instate this policy within 28 days provided you pay all of the outstanding premiums. Any request for re-instatement after this time is subject to underwriting and our acceptance of your completed re-instatement form.
4. If you need to make a claim
To make a claim, you or your ‘legal personal representative’^ must call us on 13 18 17, 8am to 6.30pm (Sydney time), Monday to Friday within 6 months or as soon as reasonably possible after: • the Life Insured’s death;
• the diagnosis of a Terminal Illness; or
• the Illness or Injury giving rise to your claim begins
and we will advise you or your legal personal representative of the required documents.
In respect of the Child Care Benefit, you must tell us within 30 days of your Nominated Child(ren)’s illness or injury. Please see ‘Benefit Payable’ on page 17 of the Policy Document. The earlier you contact us, the sooner we can help – which is why you have insurance in the first place.
When you or your legal personal representative makes a claim, you or they authorise us to obtain more information from another source.
In addition to claim forms, we may from time to time require you to provide reports or certificates from the Doctor(s) providing treatment to you about the continuing Illness, Injury or disability. If claims are based on overseas reports or certificates, they must be translated into English by a certified translator. You must do so at your own expense.
We may also require proof of the Life Insured’s age. Please note that we rely on the information provided during a claim. If you or your legal personal representative act fraudulently, we may cancel the policy or any of its benefits and not pay any benefits.
^ legal personal representative is the person who acts as the executor of the will or is the administrator of the estate of the deceased Life Insured.
Under the Disability Benefit, Injury Protect Benefit and Injury Protect Plus Benefit, we may also require you to undergo medical examinations or tests by a Doctor whom we choose. You must allow yourself to be examined at any reasonable time we request. We will pay the reasonable costs of such examinations or tests. No benefit will be paid until such completed documents that we may require have been delivered to us at our office in Sydney. At any time after we receive the claim forms, we may ask for more information. You or your legal personal representative must give us the information we need. We will pay the reasonable costs of getting this information that we ask for.
Misstatement of age
We can ask for proof of your age. You or your legal personal representative must give us that information. If, when you applied for insurance, you incorrectly stated your age, we will either (as applicable):
• refund to you any premium you have paid above what you should have paid plus interest; or
• reduce your benefit to what it would have been if the premium you paid us was based on your true age.
Payment of claims
We will assess and pay your claim in accordance with the Policy
Document, based on:
• the benefit shown in the Policy Schedule we sent you or the latest notice that we have provided to you, whichever is later; plus
5. When does your policy end?
Your policy ends on the date that is earliest of the following: • we pay a Death Benefit or Terminal Illness Benefit;
• your death, whereby only the Funeral Benefit is paid or no claim is valid;
• your Death Benefit is reduced to zero as a result of an
Advancement of your Death Benefit payment;
• you ask us to cancel the policy;
• we cancel this policy because you have not paid your premium; • the Review Date prior to you reaching age 100 years; or • we cancel the policy as permitted by relevant legislation.
We issue this policy on the condition that you only hold one policy from us insuring you against your death or conditions similar to those under Westpac Instant Cover. If another Westpac Instant Cover or similar policy covering the same conditions is already in place, we will void this policy from the Policy Commencement Date if it is entered into after the initial policy. We will refund all premiums if we void your policy (less any tax or duties that may apply to your premium that we are unable to recover), and it will be as if the policy never existed.
Other important informationNotices
We will send notices to the last address that you give to us. If you move, you need to tell us your new address. If you fail to advise us of your change of address and we issue notices, we will say that you receive a notice on the date that you would have received it in the ordinary course of the mail and at the last address that you gave us.
All dollar ($) amounts referred to are in Australian currency. Claims and premiums are payable in Australian dollars. Where we put your money
We pay your premiums into a statutory fund called the Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited Statutory Fund Number 1, and benefits under your policy are paid out from that fund.
The Life Insurance Act 1995 (Cth) contains rules designed
to protect the money in the fund. No cash value
This is not a savings plan or investment policy. This product does not allow you to share in any profit or surplus and your policy does not have a surrender or cash value.
Generally, premiums are not tax deductible, nor are any benefits taxable.
This is a general statement only and is based on present tax laws and our interpretation of those laws. Your individual situation may differ and you should seek professional advice. We will deduct from any benefit paid under the policy any tax, duties or levies we are required by law to deduct.
We are here for you along the way
Resolving your complaints
We’re constantly striving to provide our customers with the best possible service, and we’ll do our best to resolve any complaint you have quickly and fairly.
So if you do have a complaint about your policy, our service, the way the policy was sold to you, or the way your claim is being handled, here’s what you should do.
We ask that you first contact one of our Customer Relations Consultants on 13 18 17, 8am to 6.30pm (Sydney time), Monday to Friday to discuss your complaint.
If the Customer Relations Consultant is unable to resolve the matter, they’ll refer it to a Senior Officer or Manager. The Senior Officer or Manager will aim to resolve your complaint within 10 business days. However, if we consider that further information, assessment or investigation of the complaint is required, we will agree reasonable alternative timeframes with you.
If you’re still not satisfied after the Senior Officer or Manager has investigated the issue, you may ask for us to refer the dispute to our Internal Dispute Resolution Officer who will review the matter. The Internal Dispute Resolution Officer’s contact details are: Internal Dispute Resolution Officer
Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited Mail GPO Box 524, Sydney NSW 2001 Phone 13 18 17
The Internal Dispute Resolution Officer will provide you with a response within 15 business days of contacting them.
With both of steps one and two, we’ll do our best to resolve your complaint quickly and fairly. However, in cases where further information, assessment or investigation is required, we’ll agree reasonable alternative timeframes with you.
If we are unable to satisfactorily resolve your dispute, you can refer your dispute to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) at any time.
This is a free independent dispute resolution service for customers who have a life insurance dispute. The Financial Ombudsman Service’s contact details are:
Financial Ombudsman Service Mail GPO Box 3 Melbourne VIC 3001 Phone 1300 780 808
Fax (03) 9613 6399 Email email@example.com
We respect your privacy
In this section, “we” also refers to Westpac Banking Corporation and other companies in the Westpac Group.
We are committed to protecting and maintaining the privacy, accuracy and security of your personal information.
Why we collect your personal informationWe collect personal information from you to process your application, provide you with your product or service, calculate your premium, assess any claims made by you and manage your product or service. We may also use your information to comply with legislative or regulatory requirements in any jurisdiction, prevent fraud, crime or other activity that may cause harm in relation to our products or services, and help us run our business. We may also use your information to tell you about products or services we think may interest you.
If you do not provide all the information we request, we may need to reject your application or claim, or we may no longer be able to provide a product or service to you.
Disclosing your personal information
We may disclose your personal information to other members of the Westpac Group and its reinsurers, anyone we engage to do something on our behalf such as a service provider, and other organisations that assist us with our business.
Other important information about privacy
• how you can access the personal information we hold about you and ask for it to be corrected;
• how you may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles, or a registered privacy code and how we will deal with your complaint; and
• how we collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in more detail.
We may use your personal information to contact you or send you information about other products and services offered by the Westpac Group or its preferred suppliers.
Communications from us
If you do not wish to receive any further marketing communication from any member of the Westpac Group about products and services, please:
Call 13 20 32
Visit any Westpac branch
In this policy, some words and terms have special meanings: Advancement means a pre-defined amount of your Death Benefit that is paid once your claim is validated by us. The payment reduces the Death Benefit.
Australian Resident means Australian residents that hold Australian citizenship, New Zealand citizenship or permanent Australian residency.
Benefit Commencement Date means the date we accept your application for a benefit and issue you with a Policy Schedule or an
Endorsement Letter (as applicable).
Doctor means a person who:
• is a registered medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand (or is a medical practitioner of another country with qualifications acceptable to us); and
• is not:
– the Life Insured; or
– a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or any other relative or business partner of the Life Insured.
Endorsement Letter means a document that we issue to you which sets out any changes to your insurance details from the original Policy Schedule and forms part of your contract with
Financial Hardship means that during the relevant period you are experiencing financial hardship due to:
• being involuntarily unemployed; or
• being on sabbatical, maternity, paternity or unpaid long term leave from work.
Illness means sickness or disease suffered by the Life Insured, including an abnormal condition of an organism that impairs bodily functions associated with specific signs and symptoms, which may be caused by external factors or by internal dysfunctions.
Injury means a bodily Injury which is sustained by the Life Insured. Life Insured means the person whose life is insured. There may only be one Life Insured. We also refer to this person as “you” or “your”.
Nominated Child means your biological child, your step-child, your adopted child, or a child for whom you, or your partner (including a de-facto relationship) are a legal guardian of and who is under your care, as nominated by you in your application for insurance.
Policy Schedule means the most recent document that we issue to you which sets out the details of the insurance you have chosen with Westpac Life and we have agreed to provide to you, confirming your cover, Policy Commencement Date and any subsequent endorsements.
Pre-existing Condition means any Injury or Illness that existed in the 5 years prior to (i) the Policy Commencement Date, (ii) the
Benefit Commencement Date or (iii) the date we increase a benefit
for the increased portion of the benefit:
(a) that the Life Insured was aware of, or a reasonable person in the circumstances should have been aware of;
(b) that the Life Insured should have sought advice or treatment (conventional or alternative) from a Doctor or other health professional (in circumstances where a reasonable person would have sought advice or treatment); or
(c) in relation to which, the Life Insured sought advice or treatment (conventional or alternative) from a Doctor or other health professional.
Review Date is the anniversary of the date insurance cover under your policy started.
Terminal Illness means that you are diagnosed by a Doctor approved by us, as suffering from an Injury or Illness with a life expectancy of less than 12 months from notice of claim. We, us and our means Westpac Life, except where otherwise indicated.
Westpac Life means Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited ABN 31 003 149 157 AFSL No.233728.
You and Your means depending on the context, either the person applying for cover before Westpac Instant Cover is purchased, or the Life Insured named in the Policy Schedule and who we agree to insure.
Date: 27 July 2015 © 2015 Westpac Life Insurance Services Limited ABN 31 003 149 157