What is The Plan?
The Plan is a funeral related expenses product which is offered by a subsidiary company of the Youpla Group. The Plan is not insurance, a savings plan or savings account. By maintaining regular payments the Plan Holder will be entitled to a payout of up to their chosen benefit amount.
A person between the ages of 18 and 70 can make an application to be a Plan Holder. The Plan Holder can nominate as many people they would like to receive a benefit from the Plan, in the event of their passing.
To learn more about the inclusions and exclusions – give us a call on 1800 622 924 or you can receive a free quote here.
The Application Process
Who Can Apply?
The Plan is open to persons who at the time an application is made, are under 70 years of age who have not been diagnosed with a terminal illness.
The payment amount for each person you want to nominate depends upon:
• The benefit amount you chose
• Their age and health
The application is accepted once Youpla (formerly ACBF) receives the first scheduled payment in full. An applicant only becomes a Plan Holder and is entitled to a benefit amount by the Plan once the first scheduled payment is received in full. For the first 12 months a Nominee under the Plan will only be entitled to a maximum benefit amount of $6,000. Once the 12 months has lapsed, the Nominee’s Benefit Amount will automatically go up to the Benefit Amount that they selected when they signed up.
30-Day Cooling-Off Period
A cooling off period is a time where you can decide whether the product you enter into is right for you and your circumstances.
The cooling off period for the plan is 30 days and it begins from the date of your application. This means you can cancel your application anytime during this 30 day period at no charge. If you make any payments during this time, Youpla (formerly ACBF) will refund these payments back to. If you decide to cancel your plan after the cooling off period then you are not eligible for a refund.
If you would like to cancel during the 30-Day Cooling-Off Period, please contact us on 1800 622 924, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment Amount & Frequency
The amount of the payment depends on:
- Number of Nominees on the Plan;
- Health Levels of the Nominees; and
- The selected Benefit Amount for each Nominee.
The frequency of payments depends on which one you selected during your application. You can choose to either pay fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or annually.
In order to be a Plan Holder, you must maintain your payments. It is important that you have sufficient funds in your bank or credit union account on the day your payment is debited, to ensure you avoid any missed plan payments or any bank fees which your bank may charge. If you miss four payments within one calendar year, your Plan may be cancelled.
For more details on what happens if you miss any Plan payments, please contact us via email, or phone us on 1800 622 924.
Methods of Payment
You can choose one the following payment methods to make payments into Your Plan:
- Direct Debit: You can use a bank or credit union account to make your regular payments by completing a Direct Debit Request form. This allows Youpla (formerly ACBF) to automatically take regular payments from the bank or credit union account.
- B-point: You can use the B-point system to make your regular payments. This allows Youpla (formerly ACBF) to automatically take regular payments from Your Visa or MasterCard debit card. This payment method is similar to Direct Debit; however, payments will usually be debited from Your Visa or MasterCard Debit card early in the morning and there are no fees for reversals.
- Direct Deposit: You can make your regular payments via a Direct Deposit, either at a Commonwealth Bank branch or via internet banking. Note: If You choose Direct Deposit to make Your regular payments, it is important that You maintain Your regular payments at the payment frequency You have agreed with Us, to ensure You avoid missing any Plan payments.
We will notify a Plan Holder in writing four (4) weeks before any changes are made to their regular payments, to ensure they are aware and can plan accordingly.
Regular payment will increase for any Nominee’s on a Plan when they reach certain age milestone, as detailed below. This also depends on what Health Level Classification they have been assigned and their age at application:
- Health Level 1 – Ages 19, 40, 50, 60
- Health Level 2 – Ages 19, 40, 50, 60
- Health Level 3 – Ages 50, 65
When a Nominee on a Plan with a Health Level of 1 or 2 reaches the age of 60, there will be no further increases to their regular payment(s) for these Nominee’s. When a Nominee on a Plan with a Health Level 3 reaches the age of 65, there will be no further increases to their regular payment(s) for these Nominee’s.
When a Nominee on a Plan passes away, Youpla (formerly ACBF) will need to be notified as soon as possible in order to lodge and process a claim with the Insurer for a payout.
Once notified, our claims department will contact the Authorised Contact to discuss what documents and information we need in order to lodge and process a claim, which we will then send to the Plan’s Insurer for approval. In some instances, the Insurer may require additional information before approving a claim.
Once the claim is approved by the Plan’s Insurer, we will provide a payout for the Nominee’s funeral and its related expenses up to the Benefit Amount. Typically, an approved payout will usually be made within 7 days, subject to us receiving all requested information.
The Payout is the amount of money Youpla (formerly ACBF) pay for the cost of a Nominee’s funeral and its related expenses when they pass away – up to their selected Benefit Amount. The amount which Youpla pays out, depends on:
- The Benefit Amount of the Nominee who has passed away;
- The length of time the Nominee has been included on The Plan; and
- The Health Level assigned to the Nominee when they were approved.
During the first 12 months of a Plan, any Nominee’s listed on Your Plan will be eligible for a payout of up to $6,000 benefit amount for funeral and related expenses, which increases to their nominated benefit amount thereafter.
If during the first 12 months, a Nominee passes away because of suicide, we are unable to provide a payout up to the full benefit amount for that Nominee, but we will refund any payments made within that time for that Nominee, in full.
The payout can only be used to pay the funeral directors account costs, as well as any other expenses related to the funeral of the Nominee who has passed away.
Funeral and Related Expenses
The Plan provides a payout up to the Benefit Amount to pay for funeral and related expenses for a Nominee when they pass away. Please see below a list containing examples of funeral director account items and other funeral related expenses which are usually eligible for a payout, when a Nominee passes away.
Funeral costs which typically appear on a funeral director account;
- Funeral director professional fees
- Coffin or casket including cultural painting and decoration
- Mortuary storage and transportation
- Embalming and body preparation
- Copy of death certificate
- Obituary/notices in paper, radio etc.
- Hearse, mourning car(s) and driver(s)
- Funeral ceremony (order of service) and viewing
- Clergy (minister) or celebrant fees/donation
- Burial and cremation orders
- Grave marker/space
- Grave digging fees (open/close fee)
- Cremation fees
- Headstone/Plaque supply and engraving
- Flowering arrangements
- Memorial books/order of service booklet/memorial cards/hymn sheets etc.
- Choir, soloist, organist fees
Other funeral related expenses;
- Travel and accommodation costs for family and friends to attend the funeral, such as air fares, air charter, train or bus fares, petrol, food, and accommodation.
- Clothing for the funeral, such as cost of hiring and/or buying clothing for friend and family to attend the funeral and associated functions.
- Wake costs, such as all costs associated with the wake such as catering, venue hire, DVD/video/multimedia fees, musician or band fees etc.
Admin & Communication
If a Plan Holder no longer wants to be a Plan Holder, then they can cancel their Plan at any time. They can do this either by emailing a written request to email@example.com;
If a Plan is cancelled after the 30-Day Cooling-Off Period, you will not receive a refund for any payments made towards your Plan.
Once you cancel the Plan, the Nominee(s) will not be eligible for a payout of the Benefit Amount if they pass away.
After cancellation, if you wish to reapply to become a Plan Holder at a later date, you will not have a benefit amount for funeral and related expenses on your new Plan from the time you cancelled your previous Plan, until the first full payment for your new plan has been received in full.
The Plan Holder is the automatic main point of contact regarding any administration or communication relating to their Plan.
We will only send communication to the address noted in the Plan Schedule. If you move or change any contact details, you must contact us.
You can update your contact details by calling Us on 1800 622 924, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our customer services team will update Your Plan with Your new information.