Continuity of cover means that we will renew your Encompass Protection policy each year until it expires, provided premiums are paid when due. This means we won’t cancel cover, place further restrictions on it or increase premiums because of changes to the insured person’s health, occupation or pastimes.
If you feel we haven’t resolved your complaint to your satisfaction, you can then lodge your complaint with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA). AFCA is an independent organisation, which provides free assistance to customers who have complaints about financial products and services. AFCA can be contacted at:
We’ll make every effort to try and resolve your complaint as quickly and as fairly as possible.
If you have a concern or complaint, please contact us in the first instance via the details below. We’ll endeavour to manage this to your satisfaction without undue delay. We’ll make sure we call you within two days of receipt of your complaint.
Call us: 1300 476 030
Email us: email@example.com
If we can’t resolve your complaint quickly, we’ll formally record the details, with your assistance, to ensure that it’s correctly understood and progressed through the appropriate channels. This may involve external parties such as the insurer and your financial adviser.
Our complaints manager will work closely with you to resolve your complaint and keep you updated along the way. Please note that while the law allows insurance companies up to 45 days to respond to complaints (90 days for super complaints), we’ll always endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible.
If you’ve made a claim, you can generally access all the information we hold about you, except for certain instances, as per privacy legislation, where we need to provide information directly to your doctor (instead of you).
If you’re concerned about the way your claim is progressing, or disagree with our response to your claim, please talk to your Encompass Protection claims consultant first. If they can’t resolve your issue, you can have the issue reviewed by our claims manager or Claims Review Committee.
Should you remain unhappy after our internal review, you can have an external body like an ombudsman or a regulator try to resolve the issue. We’ll provide you with information about the options available and how you can contact the relevant organisation.
If you’re legally competent to apply for a claim and your claim is approved, all benefits will be paid to you or your legal personal representative. If you’re judged not legally competent, we’ll pay the benefits to whomever we’re legally permitted to make payments. If your claim is approved, all benefits will be paid to you or your legal representative.
We promise to let you know the outcome of your claim as soon as possible. But assessing your claim may, in some instances, depend on circumstances that are outside of our control.
Some claims are simple, but others are more involved and depend on how promptly we’re able to obtain information from you and from any relevant doctors or other third parties.
When providing details about your claim to us, it’s best that you provide as much detail and clarity as you can. This will help us get back to you as soon as possible.
We’re here, along with your financial adviser, to support you through the claims process. If you need to make a claim, we’re here to support you with personalised and compassionate attention every step of the way.
We’ll do our very best to make the process easy, and once claim conditions are met, get you paid as quickly as possible.
Get started with a claim by contacting us on 1300 476 030 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you know you need to make a claim and we’ll get things moving. Our phone lines are open 8.00am to 6.00pm (AEST/AEDT) Monday to Friday.
We may pay your financial adviser a commission. Any amount paid is factored into the cost of your policy. Your financial adviser will provide you with a Financial Services Guide and where applicable, a Statement of Advice, which will detail the benefits they receive for selling you your policy.
The premium you pay may increase each year due to:
- regular age increases (if your policy has stepped premiums)
- some discounts cease during the life of your policy like the new cover reward discount
- any increase in tax, duty or charge introduced by government; and/or
- a fee for administering your policy is charged (currently we do not charge any policy fees);
- if your sum insured increases (including through the Indexation Benefit)
- You vary your policy, for example you add a new type of insurance; and/or
- We change the premium rates*
Each year we’ll send you an annual anniversary notice outlining your premium payable.
* The cost of your insurance cover is not guaranteed, and the insurer can change the premium rates. Decisions to change premium rates do not occur because of changes to an individual customer’s own circumstances, but rather are determined in relation to the group of policies.
Premium payments for Encompass Protection policies are paid through direct debit, either by credit card or debit card, ensuring you don’t accidently forget a payment. You can choose to pay your premium monthly or yearly. If you pay your premium monthly, we’ll apply a premium frequency loading to your premium, which helps cover the costs of collecting your premium more frequently.
Interim accident cover is designed to provide you with limited cover while your application is being assessed by us and is available free of charge. It starts as soon as we receive your fully completed application form, a completed personal statement and a completed premium deduction authority.
Guaranteed renewable means that we guarantee to renew your cover each year until it expires, provided premiums are paid when due. This means we won’t cancel cover, place further restrictions on it or increase premiums because of changes to the insured person’s health, occupation or pastimes.
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If you cancel your Encompass Protection policy during the cooling-off period and you haven’t made a claim, your policy will be cancelled from the commencement date, and we’ll refund any premiums you’ve paid. If your cover is inside super, your refund may need to be preserved within super.
If you cancel your policy after the cooling-off period, premiums aren’t refundable.
Yes, you can cancel your Encompass Protection policy if you no longer need it. You can let your adviser know or simply call us on 1300 476 030 or email us at email@example.com and we’ll let you know what you need to do.
We know life is constantly changing, and you may need to make changes to your Encompass Protection policy from time to time. In many cases, general policy alterations such as changes of address or bank account details can be completed over the phone. For more complex policy alterations, we may require additional information. Either way, simply call us on 1300 476 030 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make the process as easy for you as possible.
Your Encompass Protection policy starts when your application has been assessed and approved by us, and we have received your first premium. As soon as your cover is approved, a welcome letter will be sent to you via email, along with a policy schedule outlining the full details of your cover, including your policy’s commencement date.
If you’re applying for life insurance, or increasing the insurance cover you already have, it’s important you tell us about any change in your health or financial circumstances. If during this process, you’ve forgotten to tell your adviser something, we recommend you contact them as soon as possible to discuss. Alternatively, you can contact us directly by phoning us on 1300 476 030 or sending an email to email@example.com
Once you’ve been accepted for insurance cover, you don’t need to update us of any changes to your health, financial circumstances or occupation.
The setup of your Encompass Protection policy depends on many variables, such as the cover type(s) being applied for, the cover amount and any additional information we may need to assess your application including your current health and medical history. At times, we may need to wait for information to be returned to us from other providers such as your doctor(s).
Importantly, purchasing life insurance with the guidance of your financial adviser means you’re receiving expert advice and your life insurance policy is tailored to your individual needs.
A beneficiary is the person (or persons) you choose to receive your benefit if you pass away while you’re covered by a life insurance policy. If you’re choosing more than one beneficiary, you’ll need to let us know what proportion of the total benefit amount you’d like each beneficiary to receive. If you wish to add or update a beneficiary nomination for your policy, you can do so at any time. Simply call us on 1300 476 030 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Level premium ceased being available on 16 February 2024.
With level premiums, the insured person’s premium is calculated on the applicable premiums for the insured person’s age at the cover commencement date.
Level premiums will usually only increase each year in line with any increase in their sum insured, including increases as a result of Indexation Benefit (if applicable). However, level premiums are not fixed, and the insurer can increase as required.
The cost of your insurance cover is not guaranteed, and the insurer can change the premium rates. Changes are made to a group of policies and the insurer won’t single you out for a change in premiums.
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With stepped premiums, the insured person’s premium is re-calculated on each policy anniversary based on their age and the applicable premium rate on that anniversary. Stepped premiums will usually increase each year in line with the insured person’s age and any changes made to their levels of cover, or if their sum insured increases as a result of Indexation Benefit (if applicable). Premium rates can change and are not guaranteed.
The insurer can change the premium rates. If changes are made to premium rates for a group of policies, the insurer won’t single you out for a change in premiums.
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Life insurance, sometimes also referred to as life cover, provides a lump sum payment if the insured person dies or is diagnosed with a terminal illness. You can use this to pay off debts such as a mortgage, to cover daily living expenses or save it for future needs such as school fees.
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Encompass Protection is issued by MLC Limited (MLC Life Insurance) ABN 90 000 000 402 AFSL 230694.
MLC Life Insurance has been protecting Australian lives for over 130 years, and in 2022 paid over $1.2 billion in claims to its customers. It has built a strong reputation for excellence in claims management. In fact, MLC Life Insurance has some of the fastest claims approval turnaround times in the industry and are known for managing claims effectively and efficiently. So, you can be confident that you and your loved ones are in safe hands because all Encompass claims are handled by the team at MLC Life Insurance.
For further information visit: www.mlcinsurance.com.au
Encompass Protection is a highly rated suite of life insurance cover types available as self-owned or superannuation owned policies that will meet the needs of most customers, at very competitive prices. The cover types available under Encompass Protection include:
|Maximum sum insured at entry
|Total & Permanent Disability
|Attached to Life Cover
Linked to Life Cover
|Critical Illness Cover
Attached to Life Cover
Linked to Life Cover
|Income Protection Cover
|$20,000 per month
Life Cover, TPD Cover and Income Protection Cover are available both inside and outside super.
Encompass Protection is issued by MLC Limited and promoted and administered by NEOS Life.
NEOS Life (NEOS) is a registered business name of Australian Life Development Pty Ltd ABN 96 617 129 914 AFSL 502759.
NEOS is a specialist in life insurance administration and provides administrative services for Encompass Protection.
Since their launch in 2018, NEOS has changed the way life insurance is delivered in Australia by focusing on making life insurance easy, accessible and friendly. In doing so, they’ve lived up to their mission of setting a new standard in life insurance. As a result, you can expect a truly outstanding customer experience when it comes to the assessment of your application and management of your Encompass Protection life insurance policy.
For further information visit: www.neoslife.com.au