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Your 30s are the decade when life starts to get a bit more real. Statistically, in this decade you’re more likely to take on a mortgage and buy your first home1 and have kids2 than in any other. That’s a whole boatload of commitment. Renovations, a full-on workload, and increased outgoings are all likely to feature heavily as a consequence.
It’s also a decade when you’re invited to a wedding at least once every three months, your bed becomes the most important purchase you’ll ever make, and an infinite amount of seemingly-random children insist on calling you ‘Aunty’ or ‘Uncle’.
Your responsibilities, and the financial pressure on your bank account, grow by the day (have you seen the price of daycare and school trips?). These increased outgoings mean the money simply has to keep coming in, and you, very literally, cannot afford any major time off work through illness or injury.
Of course, that’s easy to say. A lot harder to achieve.
While you have your statutory 10 sick days per year to cover short-term illness or injury (not so, of course, if you work for yourself) if you were hit by a serious illness or injury, your finances – and your life – would undoubtedly feel the repercussions.
To successfully navigate the precarious tightrope of your 30s, you need to ensure you have the correct safety nets and plans in place.
During your 30s there’ll be an increasing amount of money coming in – and going out. It’s essential you are entirely across the day-to-day reality of your financial commitments, and you’re putting cash aside for tomorrow. If you haven’t created a household plan and budget before, then ASIC’s Money Smart budget planner is a great tool to get full visibility of your commitments.
Once you’ve got a clear view of your household financial commitments, it’s wise to assess how much life insurance cover you have. You may well have life insurance wrapped in with your super, but does it give you enough cover? Probably not. Research has found that the median level of life cover will provide just 38% of the amount needed to maintain a family’s standard of living after the death of a partner or parent3. So ask the question, ‘How much life insurance do I need?’ The exact amount of cover you need depends on your circumstances but, as a guide, in your 30s it’s recommended you have a minimum of $1m-$1.5m cover4.
Again, you may have Total Permanent Disability and salary continuation cover within your super fund, however studies show the median cover only meets 13% of TPD needs and 17% of income needs – meaning that, while it’s better than nothing, it might not meet your financial obligations should you fall seriously ill or be injured and unable to work.
Scenarios where accidental death insurance, illness insurance or total permanent disability cover are needed aren’t the nicest conversations to have – that goes without saying.
However, they’re far nicer than the conversations you’d be forced to have if something prevented you from working and you didn’t have the adequate cover in place.