Life and Trauma Insurance to Keep Your Child Covered

As a parent or guardian, your primary responsibility is the health and safety of your child. Select insurers may offer life insurance and trauma insurance (also known as child cover) for children as an additional option to your life, TPD or Trauma Cover Policy, extending insurance protection to more of your family.

Published April 20, 2021

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What is child trauma insurance?

Child Trauma Insurance, also sometimes known as Family Protection, is generally designed to insure your child against a number of critical illnesses. This life insurance for child option can be included as part of your trauma cover policy or, in some cases, it can be added as part of your Life and TPD policies.

What does Child cover include?

Child Cover will generally insure your child against a number of critical illnesses that are specified in the Policy Disclosure Statement (PDS), as well as terminal illness or death. In most cases, the critical illnesses that are included as part of the child cover are the critical illnesses most likely to affect children.

A summary of general critical illnesses is included below:

Cancers and Tumours:

Nervous system disorders:

Heart Conditions:

Body organ conditions:

Brain Disorders:

Mobility conditions:

Sensory conditions:

Blood Disorders:

Please consult the relevant PDS for a more detailed explanation of what trauma conditions and illnesses are covered by each insurer.

Who can apply for child trauma insurance or child cover?

Any of your children (biological or adopted) who are between the ages of 2 – 15 are eligible and generally coverage is available up to the age of 21. You may be able to insure as many children as you want under your policy. However, select insurers do have a limit in place.

What are the benefit amounts available?

Free cover:

  • Select insurers offer up to $10,000 – $20,000 of free cover for each child covered under the policy.

Additional or paid cover:

  • Most companies offer a paid option where you can ensure each child up to $200,000, however most of them will only allow you to have the same sum insured for all your children.

How does the Child Life Insurance option work?

If you include this option as part of your life, TPD or trauma policy and your child suffers from one of the specified critical illnesses (as defined in the product disclosure statement), is diagnosed with a terminal illness or passes away, you will generally receive a lump sum benefit for the sum insured up to a maximum of $200,000.

How much does child cover cost?

The number of children you wish to insure and how much cover you want will affect how much your child cover costs. It may only cost a few dollars extra per month to insure your children.
In some cases, insurers may offer a child trauma discount if you take out the cover above a certain amount.

Products with Free Built-In Child Cover

InsurerAmount of Adult CoverLevel of Free Child CoverPremiums*
AIA$1,000,000Lessor of 10% sum insured or $20,000$35.24
BT $1,000,000$27.31
MLC $1,000,000$40.24
OnePath $1,000,000$41.95
TAL $1,000,000$10,000$34.89
NEOS $1,000,000$10,000$34.60
Zurich $1,000,000$36.11

Source: Life Insurance Direct comparison engine (April 2021)

* Premiums are based on a 40-year old, non-smoking, white-collar professional, female, having $1,000,000 worth of life insurance on a stepped premium. Refer to PDS for more information.

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Products with Optional Child Cover Added

InsurerAmount of Adult CoverAmount of Optional Child CoverPremiums*
BT $1,000,000 $100,000 $37.66
AIA$1,000,000 $100,000$46.04
TAL $1,000,000 $100,000 $47.90
OnePath $1,000,000 $100,000 $47.14
Zurich $1,000,000 $100,000 $49.58
NEOS $1,000,000 $100,000 $49.90
MLC$1,000,000 $100,000$54.56
CommInsure $1,000,000 $100,000 $64.31

Source: Iress comparison engine (April 2021)

Premiums are based on a 40-year old, non-smoking, white-collar professional, female, having $1,000,000 worth of life insurance and $100,000 of optional child trauma on a stepped premium. Refer to PDS for more information.

Other things to consider:


Generally child cover is not available as part of any policy held inside a superannuation environment.

School Fees Protector

Do you want to give your children the best education possible but are worried about being able to afford the cost of private school fees if something should happen to you or your partner?

AIA Australia have introduced a optional benefit which can help to pay for your children’s school fees if you become totally and permanently disabled, terminally ill or you pass away. It can provide you with peace of mind knowing your children’s school fees are protected and hopefully prevent you from having to relocate them to a more affordable school, away from their friends and established support network. Together with child insurance, it can provide your children with excellent protection.

About the School Fees Protector Benefit

Child entry ages: 2 – 15
Up to a maximum of 10 children
Available with: Life Insurance
Total and Permanently Disablement Cover
Benefit payable: Primary School
The lesser of:
Your child’s tuition fees; and
10% of the sum insured
Secondary (High) School
The lesser of:
$16,000; and
Child’s tuition fees; and
10% of the sum insured of the principle benefit

The school fees will be covered for the remainder of the child’s education.

Case Study

Steve and Tina have a single child Rebecca enrolled in Year 3 in a prestigious private school in their area with the school charging $7,000 per year in enrollment fees.

Steve, working as an electrician and Tina working part-time as an auditor, realise that if something were to happen to either of them, they would not be able to afford the school fees for Rebecca.

They decide to take out School Fees Protection as an option to Steve’s $2 million TPD cover through AIA Australia, to make sure their daughter’s school fees are covered should something happen to them.

Unfortunately, shortly after Rebecca begins years 4, Steve is injured in an accident at work which causes him to lose the use of his leg, making him totally and permanently disabled and unable to work.

Fortunately, Steve and Tina were still able to pay Rebecca’s school fees for the remaining years of her school life:

  • Primary school: $7,000 x 3
  • High School: $12,000 x 6
  • Total Benefit: $73,000

90 day Waiting/Exclusion period

Unless the child cover is replacing already existing cover or cover that is similar, the cover will not apply, and no benefit will be payable if a critical illness occurs or is first diagnosed in the first 90 days of the policy.

Conversion Age:

Generally, when the child turns 21 and is no longer covered under the child cover option, your life insurance company will give you the choice of converting the trauma policy into a full trauma insurance policy.

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