Members with account balances under $6,000
Existing Cbus members who had an account balance below $6,000 on 1 November 2019 have been sent a letter advising them of these changes to the law and that they need to tell us in writing before 1 April 2020 if they want to have cover. These members can complete the online form if they want to keep their insurance cover or have it start when they become eligible.
Member’s impacted by the changes whose account balance reaches $6,000 at any time after 1 November and before 1 April 2020 will not have their cover cancelled.
Any members who join Cbus after 1 November 2019 will also receive a letter informing them about the changes to the law so that they can make an informed choice about whether they need insurance cover.
Members that join from 1 April 2020
Members who join Cbus from 1 April 2020 will not be automatically provided with insurance cover if they are under age 25 or have less than $6,000 in their account unless they opt-in for default cover when joining. Insurance cover will automatically be provided when a member’s account balance reaches $6,000 or more and they turn 25 years of age. The rules about when their cover will commence and the type of cover they receive will be set out in the Product Disclosure Statement relevant to their membership and the Insurance Guide.
Members under the age of 25
From 1 April 2020 new members under the age of 25 will need to opt-in to receive default insurance cover regardless of their account balance. Once a member’s account reaches $6,000 or more and they are aged 25 years or older automatic insurance cover will be provided. The rules about when their cover will commence and the type of cover they receive will be set out in the Product Disclosure Statement relevant to their membership and the Insurance Guide.
The protection Cbus cover provides to workers in building and construction is important where serious injury and even death are real risks. These changes to the law provide you with the opportunity to consider what cover is right for you, the impact insurance costs can have on your retirement savings and to check if you have insurance cover with more than one super account. If you make an election to opt in and you change your mind you can decrease or cancel your insurance at any time via your Member Online account.
Dangerous Occupation Exemption
Cbus has been able to continue to provide automatic insurance for eligible members aged under 25 years and members with balances below $6,000. This is achieved by applying a dangerous occupation exemption for members working in the Industry Manual occupation category as certified by the fund actuary consistent with the legislation.
We will write to members letting them know about their status and that the new laws won’t impact their access to insurance cover.
View a copy of the Dangerous Occupation Exemption election to the regulator here.