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Workers Compensation and Income Protection Insurance. What's the difference?

Workers Compensation will cover you for some things, but have you also considered Income Protection to ensure you are covered when you need it most?
Whether you're a white-collar worker hammering away at your keyboard from 9 to 5, or a tradie getting your hands dirty day-in and day-out, you run the risk of getting sick or injured at work. 

That's why every Australian workplace has health and safety obligations: they must provide safe work premises, assess risk and have workers compensation insurance. 
What workers compensation covers. As outlined on Fair Work Ombudsman , workers compensation may be paid out if you are injured at work or if you become sick due to your work. 

Payments could cover your wages while you can't work, your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs or a lump sum payment if you become permanently disabled or pass away. 

It's also important to note that in order to receive workers compensation you must prove that your injury is work related. Your entitlem…

According to research commissioned by TAL, only around half of all Australians hold some form of life insurance, and many are under-insured.

According to the ATO, there are almost twice as many active life insurance policies than there are working-aged Australians, but that does not mean Australians are adequately insured. 
We look at how many Australians have life insurance, the reasons for under-insurance and explore what adequate insurance looks like. 
At a glance There are almost 22 million active life insurance policies in Australia, a recent federal parliamentary report found. Yet there are just 12.5 million working-aged Australians (aged 15-64), according to figures published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Based on the numbers, it would seem Australians were more than adequately insured. 
Only half of Australians hold life insurance However, as part of commissioned research in 2015, respondents told TAL that despite the significant number of active life insurance policies, only 52% of them hold some form of life insurance.

The study also found only 30%-37% of Australians aged 18-69 held life insurance. …

Even if you think you are healthy.

Even if you exercise a few times a week, sleep well, and eat healthily, it doesn’t mean you don’t need a health check. Despite our best intentions, things don’t always go to plan – like an unexpected health issue or emergency.
Whether you’re single or have a family, if you want to live a long and healthy life, the important thing to take care of is you. If something were to happen, it should be dealt with quickly and properly to avoid unnecessary extended time off which could affect your personal and professional life, and overall quality of life. 

If you’re in your 30s or 40s, some health checks to consider include blood pressure, cholesterol, testicle checks (men), breast self-checks (women), Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment, mammogram (women) and Cardiovascular Risk Assessment. 

If you’re in your 50s or 60s, you’ll need to do the same checks as in your 40s, plus a bowel cancer screening, prostate cancer screening (men), Osteoporosis Risk Assessment, as well as a visual and hearing impa…

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When it comes to investing…..are we our own worst enemy?

Working in the resources industry can be tough. Remote locations, long hours and time away from family and friends can take its toll. The experience can of course be rewarding, particularly when it comes to income and the ability to plan for the future. However, it’s easy to become distracted especially when it comes to investing. Whether it be buying your first home, or in investment property, starting a share portfolio or investing your super, we are all at the mercy of the markets.  Property markets down south are enduring a bit of a downturn at the moment, interest rates are low so money in the bank isn’t earning much and share markets around the world have been up and down. The fact is, markets are unpredictable. Just look at commodities. Some of the biggest companies in the world have trouble predicting coal, iron ore and oil prices. Trying to predict the ups and downs is often impossible. The key is to remove emotion from your decision making process. Investors tend to get greedy …