We have taken steps to ensure the health and safety of our staff so that we can continue to support you. In addition to transitioning the majority of Asteron staff to remote working, we have also introduced a range of other measures across the business designed to reduce risk and ensure we continue to be here to support all our customers.
For information regarding claims
If you are on claim and are ill with COVD-19, you are covered
If you are currently on claim, you will continue to be paid
If you need to lodge a new claim
Dealing with your claim as quickly as possible is a priority for us because we know it's important to you. When you make a claim with Asteron, you only need to speak to one person – your claims consultant. They will be there to let you know what’s needed for your claim as well as answer any questions you may have. All claims will continue to be assessed according to the terms and conditions of your specific policy.
To make a claim, get in touch:
If you bought your Asteron insurance directly from us, or through a financial adviser, please call 1800 024 812 (Mon to Fri, 9.00am – 5.30pm (AEST).
If your insurance is through your super fund or employer, the best way to make your claim is to first contact them directly.
Support for customers making claims or already receiving claims benefits
To ensure our claims consultants can provide you with the best possible support while you are on claim, Asteron has identified further support where COVID-19 may affect the management of your claim, including:
- Establishing a dedicated team of experts across our Claims and Health Services functions to develop practical claims solutions for customers and to support claims consultants with technical advice, including guidance on collecting medical evidence and other requests of our customers.
- We understand that some customers may find it difficult to collect certain information required to process or assess their claim, either due to social distancing, self-isolation or other matters, so we will continue to listen, and be flexible and pragmatic in our approach.
- For income protection claims where we know a customer’s medical condition or incapacity is likely to continue in the short term, our team has started to schedule benefit payments up to the next three months. We are able to schedule future income protection benefit payments for up to three months, within the limitations of your policy, to ensure customers have confidence they will receive their benefits in advance and on time.
- Asteron has increased our Grief Support benefit for death benefits payable as a result of COVID-19. The grief counselling support has doubled where customers can be reimbursed for up to six counselling sessions to a maximum of $2,000.
We encourage you to speak with your claims consultant who will be able to assist you with any concerns you may have regarding your claim. Our claims consultants are here to support you.
For existing customers
Existing customers are fully covered for COVID-19
Understanding the implications of the COVID-19 vaccination and your insurance cover
Receiving a COVID-19 vaccination in Australia that has been endorsed by the Government, will not impact your ability to make a claim under your existing policy. Asteron Insurance policies do not include exclusions or limitations related to COVID-19 including vaccine related side-effects. If you were to experience complications after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, you will be entitled to a benefit providing all policy terms are met and no exclusion already exists on your policy in respect of that condition. This includes all doctors, nurses and health professionals. More information on the vaccines available in Australia can be found here.
For Disability/Income Protection Insurance: Asteron Insurance policies provide a benefit if you suffer an illness or injury, in line with policy terms and conditions. Therefore, if your employer mandates that you are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and you are restricted from working as a result of choosing not to be vaccinated, you will not be entitled to make a claim against your policy for being unable to work, due to this reason.
We strongly support the vaccination program in Australia, and encourage all Australians who can, to be vaccinated, in the knowledge that it will have no bearing on their ability to claim on their existing Asteron life insurance policy.
Support for customers suffering Financial Hardship
At Asteron, we are here to help you. Asteron is here to support our customers when they need us most and are facing financial hardship.
We encourage any customers facing financial difficulty to contact Asteron directly on 1800 221 727, or speak to your financial adviser to discuss what options might be available for you.
Existing customers can still increase their cover with Asteron
Understanding what your Asteron Income Protection covers
A COVID-19 vaccination does not affect your ability to access Asteron life insurance
Receiving a COVID-19 vaccination in Australia that has been endorsed by the Government, will not affect any application you make to take out Asteron life insurance in the future.
We strongly support the vaccination program in Australia, and encourage all Australians who can, be vaccinated, in the knowledge that it will have no bearing on their ability to access Asteron life insurance cover in the future.
Help and support
Find out more about your individual policy
Find out more about what government or community assistance is available
It is important that we all look after our physical, mental and financial health during this time. Below are some suggested physical, mental and financial health support services which you can access during this challenging time.
Your financial health
- Get support – If your money worries are getting too much, seek support from financial counselling experts to help you through. There are free services available to help with budget development, debt recovery or negotiating with creditors. Try the National Debt Helpline. They provide free and confidential financial counselling to all members of the public.
- Apply for assistance – If you’re experiencing reduced earnings or out of work, you may be eligible for Government support and rental assistance. For further information on services available to you and how to register your intent to claim a Centrelink payment visit Services Australia.
- Request relief – If you’re struggling to make ends meet, you might be eligible for temporary relief. Speak to your utility provider to see what relief measures might be available to you. If you have lost your job, speak to your landlord about a possible rental reduction or your bank about any financial hardship assistance it can offer. Emergency Relief organisations can also help address basic needs such as food, chemist vouchers, accommodation, family and relationship services and financial aid to help lend a hand in times of financial crisis. Visit the Department of Social Services online to find the community organisation for your region.
- Stay in the know – keep up to date with the latest government support information in relation to COVID-19 through MoneySmart.
Your physical health
- Keep active - Staying physically active while social distancing can be challenging but it is important to boost your mood and wellbeing. World Health Organisation recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of intense physical activity per week1. Go for a walk or make time to do some stretches. You can even try an online exercise class.
- Eat well – Keeping a balanced diet is essential for your immune system and energy levels. If you’re not working, you may need to be thriftier with your food choices. Consider low cost alternatives or meat-less substitutes. Check out the SBS Food Blog for Nourishing Dinners using pantry staples for some inspiration.
- Healthy sleep habits – It’s important to maintain good sleep habits during these uncertain times for your wellbeing, daily functioning and immune system. If you’re facing a stressful situation or financial worries, it might be hard to switch off at night. Make time to unwind, limit media exposure and try to maintain a regular sleep and wake routine. The Sleep Health Foundation has some good sleeping tips to help during the COVID-19 pandemic
Your mental health
- Practice self-care – Amongst the uncertainty, find time each day to do something you enjoy. Being mindful helps us feel focused, calm and grateful for the small things. Read a book, listen to music or meditate. Thrive Inside is a special meditation program by Smiling Mind designed to keep you mentally well while spending extended periods of time at home.
- Stay connected – Social connections play a huge role in our wellbeing. Share how you’re feeling about your work uncertainties with a friend or family member. Pick up the phone, send a text or facetime over coffee. Stay connected with your network so when job opportunities do arise you’re on the front foot.
- Find your purpose – Now might be the perfect time to learn a new skill, hobby or take stock of what really matters to you. Use this time out of work to think about your next move. We don’t expect this current state to last forever, so be prepared for what you would like to do next. If you’re ready to seek career advice and tools to help you develop a resume, prepare for interviews and submit job applications visit Findajob.
- Support for carers – Being a carer can be a rewarding, but it’s also a challenging role especially given the current climate around social distancing and financial difficulties. Carer Gateway provides services to support carers including phone counselling, self-guided coaching, information on financial support, skills courses and an online forum to connect with other carers.
- Seek help – If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need some additional support, you’re not alone. There are plenty of support services available, depending on your needs.
Mental health support services
Head to Health
Provide trusted online and phone support, resources and treatment options.
Ph: 1300 22 46 36
24 hours, 7 days per week
Provide immediate and confidential support through their 24/7 helpline and online chat services with trained mental health professionals
Ph: 13 11 14
Provide 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.