Beneficiaries of Death Insurance Benefits
Non-binding & binding nominations
If you die while you are a member of BUSSQ, the Death Insurance benefit may provide valuable financial assistance to your dependents. The Trustee has the discretion to pay your insurance benefits to your dependents and/or your legal personal representative.
The Trustee allows you to specify how you wish your Death insurance benefit to be paid by making a nomination, which can be either non-binding or binding. You should nominate your preferred beneficiaries when you join BUSSQ and you are encouraged to review your nominations as your circumstances change.
When you make a non-binding nomination, your wishes about who should receive your Death Insurance benefits when you die are a guide only and are not binding on the Trustee. The Trustee will take your death insurance benefit nomination into consideration but it is the Trustee who makes the final decision. The Death insurance benefit can be paid to your dependents or your legal personal representative of your estate.
A binding nomination instructs the Trustee to be bound by the nomination(s) you make on your form when paying your Death insurance benefit. For your binding nomination to be valid, certain conditions must be met, including:
- Nominations can only be made on a Binding Death Benefit Nomination form.
- The only beneficiaries that can be nominated are your dependents or your legal personal representative (that is, the executor or administrator of your estate).
- Your Binding Death Benefit Nomination form must be signed by you and two witnesses, both of whom must be at least 18 years old and not nominated as beneficiaries of your Death Insurance benefit.
If you nominate on your form someone other than those people listed as a dependent, your nomination will be invalid.
Your binding nomination will only remain valid for three years. After three years, you will need to re-confirm the nomination or provide a new one. In the event that your nomination becomes invalid, the conditions applying to non-binding nominations apply.
Definition of dependents
Your dependents are:
- Your spouse (legal or de-facto, including same sex)
- Your children (including step, adopted or ex-nuptial)
- Anyone who is in an interdependent relationship with you at the time of your death, and
- Any other person who, in the opinion of the Trustee, is or was at the date of your death wholly or partly dependent on you.
The main requirements to establish an interdependent relationship are:
- To live together
- To have a close personal relationship, and
- For one or each person to be committed to the financial and domestic support of the other.
See changes to insurance effective 1 March 2017
Please note: In the event of a dispute, the insurance policy document will override the relevant Product Disclosure Statement and the information contained within this website.