The Difference between Workers Compensation and Income Protection Insurance

The Difference between Workers Compensation and Income Protection Insurance

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In this Advisr Experts Opinion, Greg Dobrin, of Sureserve Financial Services, provides knowledge on the difference between workers compensation & income protection insurance. The general thing to know is that income protection insurance provides a more comprehensive cover yielding a number of additional advantages.  

The Difference between Workers Compensation & Income Protection Insurance

Workers compensation and Income Protection Insurance are similar but not the same. Both insurances cover the costs of a person's wages in the event of injury or illness. The main difference is the cause of the illness and the location of the injury. Workers compensation covers a person whilst at work, where it used to cover workers:

  • on their way to work
  • whilst at work
  • on their way home from work

As seen by the trend, the cover is applicable only for work related injuries & illnesses.   Income protection insurance covers the insured person for 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, regardless of whether the person is working or not (subject to any specific exclusions the insurer may request).

If a person has a workers compensation claim, future premiums will reflect prior claims. Previous claims do not affect the premium of income protection policies. Workers compensation is payable by the employing entity and the premiums are tax deductible. Income protection insurance may be paid by either:

  • the insured
  • another policy owner
  • a company (as agreed)
  • a superannuation fund

Premiums for income protection may either be tax deductible at the policy owner's marginal tax rate or tax deductible to the company (they may be subject to fringe benefits tax). Another advantage is that insurance holders may be covered till they turn 70 (subject to their policy).

In summary, income protection insurance provides more comprehensive cover, as the insured is covered 24/7, 365 days a year. The circumstances surrounding the illness & injury do not need to be work related whilst workers compensation claims do.  

General Advice Warning: This advice is general and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider whether the advice is appropriate for you and your personal circumstances. Before you make any decision about whether to acquire a certain product, you should obtain and read the relevant product disclosure statement.

Greg Dobrin ABN : 44 001 581 871, AFSL : 234665

Advisr does not provide advice and does not hold a financial service license (AFSL). All information above has been provided by Greg Dobrin.

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