Total & Permanent Disability

TPD Payout Guide

By LHD Lawyers

If you have been rendered unable to work by a serious injury, you might be eligible for a total or permanent disability (TPD) payout. This provides you with the compensation you need to recover and support yourself while off work.

TPD payouts are generally claimed through a life insurance policy attached to your superannuation account. Many Australians are unaware that they hold such a policy with their super, but it can be a vital lifeline if you suffer a debilitating accident.

What injuries and accidents are eligible for a TPD claim?

Any injury or accident that prevents you from working and earning an income is eligible for a TPD payout. This includes injuries sustained in and out of work, as well as chronic conditions or illnesses.

Learn more in our FAQ for TPD claims.

How much is a TPD payout?

TPD payout amounts vary depending on the insurance conditions of your super fund and the specifics of your case. Lump sums can range from anywhere between $30,000 to $1,500,000.

How long does it take to get a TPD payout?

Before filing a TPD claim, you will need to spend an extended period of time off work to prove that you cannot earn an income. This inactive period can range anywhere between three to six months, depending on the insurance policy.

Once filed, most claims are resolved within 6 to 12 months. However, this may vary depending on the specifics of the case and how long it takes to accumulate all necessary medical and legal evidence.

How is TPD paid out?

TPD claims are generally paid out directly into your superannuation fund. From here, the payout can be transferred in part or in full to your everyday account, or left with the rest of your super.

How much tax do you pay on a TPD payout?

A TPD payout from a superannuation fund is not considered taxable income, however, you may have to pay superannuation lump sum withdrawal tax if you choose to transfer it into your regular account(s).

Tax requirements can also vary depending on your age, pension status, and the conditions of your policy. If you are unsure of how much your claim will be worth, get in touch with a specialist TPD lawyer for an estimate.

Does a TPD payout affect Centrelink?

Depending on the type of Centrelink entitlements you receive, a TPD payout may affect your regular payments. This is particularly relevant for pensioners who plan to transfer their TPD payout into an everyday account.

When in doubt, report your financial situation to Centrelink, or speak to one of our qualified TPD lawyers for advice.

Make a TPD claim today

LHD Lawyers help everyday Australians receive the benefits they are entitled to for TPD claims. We are so sure of our abilities to win your case that we stand firmly by our No Win No Fee Policy. Call 1800 455 725 to arrange a consultation.

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