When you applied for Westpac Bill Protection Cover, you chose a monthly benefit amount of $500, $750 or $1,000. This is what you think you'll need to cover your monthly bills. Then:
If you’re unable to work because of disability
If you are unable to work more than 10 hours a week due to injury or illness, you could be paid your monthly benefit for up to 24 months, backdated to the first day that you were unable to work. You must be totally disabled for 30 days before you can claim, however this requirement is waived if you claim more than once for the same condition. You must be working at least 25 hours a week in paid employment or in paid self-employment, at the time you stop work or seek medical advice.
If you’re made redundant
Bill Protection could pay out your benefit if you’re made involuntarily redundant. Payments start after 30 days of unemployment, backdated to the first day of redundancy, and can continue for up to six months. You must be working at least 25 hours a week in paid employment, at the date you stopped work.
If you’re made bankrupt
Bill Protection could pay out your benefit if you’re working at least 25 hours in self-employment and are made bankrupt. Payments can start immediately and can continue for up to six months. Your cover must have been in place for at least six months.
More features of Westpac Bill Protection Cover
No medical information was required when you applied
There were no medical questions to answer when you applied. Acceptance was automatic. However you will not be covered for any medical condition that existed in the 24 months prior to, or arise within 28 days from, the commencement date.
Suspend your cover if you need to
You can suspend your cover one time, for a continuous period of up to 12 months. You cannot make a claim during this period and any injury, illness, redundancy or bankruptcy that arises within the suspension period will not be covered.
Take a premium holiday while you claim
Premiums for your policy will be waived while you are on claim (up to a maximum of $300 per month).
Disability benefit paid out on top of any ACC payment
The monthly payment you receive doesn’t reduce if you’re receiving payments from ACC, or payments from another insurance provider.
Choose a payment option to match your pay days. You can pay your premium fortnightly or monthly.
Healthy living discount
If you don’t smoke, we’ll give you a discount.
Cover your partner too, and save
You could get a discount on your premium if you and your partner apply for individual cover at the same time.
30 day free look
During our 30-Day Free look period, if you decide the cover is not for you, just notify us and we’ll refund any premiums you’ve paid.
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Westpac Bill Protection is arranged by Westpac New Zealand Limited (“Westpac”) and underwritten by Westpac Life-NZ-Limited (“Westpac Life”) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Westpac Financial Services Group-NZ-Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141, incorporated in Australia. None of Westpac Banking Corporation, Westpac or any member of the Westpac group of companies guarantee the obligations of, or any products issued by, Westpac Life. Westpac will receive commission payments as a result of the arrangement of Westpac Life Insurance policies. For Westpac Life’s solvency margin please click here. For Westpac Life's financial strength rating please click here.
Terms, conditions, exclusions and limits apply and more detail can be found in the Westpac Bill Protection policy document, which may be downloaded here as a PDF or obtained from any Westpac branch free of charge. The availability of any insurance cover is subject to the acceptance and approval of a completed application.
Any payment is subject to your claim being accepted.