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Consumer Funeral Insurance Advice

People who commence pre-funding their funeral costs before the age of 56 can save literally thousands in funeral insurance premiums. The Table below compares the cost of funeral insurance between a well known life insurance company and Sureplan Friendly Society for applicants up to the age of 55.

Sureplan Family Fund

Sureplan accepts applications to join Sureplan Family Fund on the basis that, at the time of joining, applicants are unaware of any medical condition that will shorten their normal life expectancy. This is because, as can be seen in the Table, the total cost to members in total premiums paid is significantly less than their funeral benefit e.g. a 40 year old pays total premiums of $2,918 for a benefit of $6,000. Therefore, applicants need to disclose all medical and health conditions at the time of application. For Sureplan Family Fund;

  • Premiums are fixed (guaranteed never to increase)
  • Premiums are payable only until age 60 even though cover is for life
  • Members are immediately covered for death by accident and natural causes
  • Claims are paid without fuss and within 24 hours.

Therefore, as premiums are fixed and payable only until age 60, members know in advance exactly the total cost of their policy.

Life Company Competitors

The funeral plan compared in the Table is typical of those offered by life insurance companies that are heavily advertised in the electronic media. People can apply up to the age of 80 and are automatically accepted however the companies mitigate this risk by removing cover for natural causes for either the first 12 or 24 months. With these policies;

  • Premiums increase regularly (even so-called “level premium options” can increase)
  • Premiums are payable until age 90.

This means someone commencing a policy at age 45, assuming they live until age 78, will pay a minimum of $7,840 in total premiums compared to the $3,155 for Sureplan Family Fund.

Comparison of Single Adult Cover

For $6000 cover
Age at joining Competitor Sureplan Saving on total premiums with Sureplan
Montly Premium Total Premiums Montly Premium Total Premiums
20 $19.80 $13,780 $4.29 $2,059 $11,721
25 $19.80 $12,592 $5.37 $2,255 $10,337
30 $19.80 $11,404 $6.8 $2,448 $8,956
35 $19.80 $10,216 $8.95 $2,685 $7,531
40 $19.80 $9,028 $12.16 $2,918 $6,110
45 $19.80 $7,840 $17.53 $3,155 $4,685
50 $20.84 $7,002 $28.25 $3,390 $3,612
55 $27.30 $7,534 $59.71 $3,583 $3,951


  1. Sureplan premiums are fixed and payable until age 60 (cover is provided for life)
  2. The Competitor’s “level premium option” has been utilised and premium rates have been fixed (see Note 2 below)
  3. The Competitor’s premium rate can increase even for the “level premium option”
  4. Even though premiums for the Competitors product are payable until age 90 the average life expectancy figure of 78 has been used to calculate the “total premiums payable”

To learn more about Sureplan prepaid funerals, contact our Brisbane office on (07) 3851 7800.

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