If you are considering becoming an Uber driver in Australia, then Uber presents a fantastic opportunity to put your car to work and start pulling-in some serious cash.
There are a few Uber driver requirements in Australia that need to be met before you can start to drive and earn.
So let’s look at these requirements in more detail.
Age and Licence Requirements
- 21 years of age
- Held an Australian Open driving licence (non-provisional) for at least 1 year
- Hold a licence for the State you wish to drive in or transfer inter-state licence
- Complete a medical assessment*
- Driver Authorization/Accreditation endorsement (Taxi driver) on your licence
- Booked Hire Service Licence on your vehicle (Queensland)
*You can book your medical check by logging into your Uber Driver profile. Uber have partnered with Doctor’s in each state and are able to provide the medical check at a discounted rate (approximate cost $25-$50).
Uber Vehicle Requirements
- 5 door hatchback, sedan or SUV that can seat up to 4 passengers, 5 including the driver (Uberx)
- 5 Door hatchback, sedan or SUV that can seat up to 6 passengers, 7 including the driver (Uberxl)
- 2008 model or newer
- Vehicle is registered in the State that you wish to drive in
- Safety Inspection by Uber appointed garage. Uber pay for the first inspection. Yearly inspection required
- Not a taxi, ex-taxi, government vehicle or re-built (repairable write-off) vehicle
- Current registration on the car
- Free from cosmetic damage and commercial branding
- Have working windows and air conditioning
UberSelect (QLD) and UberBlack (NSW, VIC) requires that you drive a premium spec vehicle, for example, Audi A4, Mercedes, BMW, Lexus and so on.
As an UberSelect or UberBlack driver in Australia, you can earn significantly more money compared to Uberx. However, it is worth bearing in mind the increased up-front costs of buying an UberSelect or UberBlack vehicle and potentially higher running costs (servicing, fuel etc).
Additional Uber Requirements
- Car insurance current and in your name
- Background check
- Driver history check
- Proof of car registration
Comprehensive insurance is recommended, however, Third Party is acceptable.
Australian Immigration Requirements
- Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
Following these 6 simple steps to become a ride share driver,
Step 1. Fill out the Uber driver application here to create an online Uber profile.
Step 2. Complete the medical check. This can be booked through your online profile.
Step 3. Apply for DA* at your local Department of Transport center (QLD, WA), Service NSW center (NSW), RTA center (ACT), VicRoads center (VIC), Service SA center (SA).
Step 4. Once you’ve received your DA, book your car safety inspection by logging into your Uber Profile.
Step 5. Visit your local Uber Green Light center for Driver App training and welcome pack.
Step 6. Open the app on your phone, push the ‘Go Online’ button to drive and earn.
*Applying for your DA varies from State to State. As from 15th January 2018 Uber drivers in Queensland will also need a Booked Hire Service Licence (BHSL).
Please visit the links below for more information on getting your DA and BHSL,
Queensland Driver Authorization
NSW Driver Authority
ACT Driver Accreditation (D rideshare condition)
VICTORIA Driver Accreditation
SA Driver Accreditation (Rideshare Driver)
WA F Extension
What happens if you don’t meet the Uber driver requirements?
Here are a few scenarios where your application may get refused,
My car does not qualify
Upgrade your car to a Uber suitable vehicle as discussed above. You dont have to buy a brand new car and you can start with an UberX vehicle which will work out cheaper to begin with. Uber has a car leasing program which can help you get on the road faster.
I did not pass my background or driver history check
You can find out why this happened by requesting to see a copy of your check. You need to establish what is cauing the problem in order to move forward. Many other forms of employment nowadays require you to provide a background check.
I am not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
You need to become a Permanent Resident or Citizen of Australia in order to work legally. More information on Australian visa’s can be found at https://www.border.gov.au/
I do not have any car insurance
You can compare car insurance prices and get a quote at https://www.comparethemarket.com.au/car-insurance/
On the matter of insurance, it’s worth mentioning that not all Australian insurance companies will cover you for working as a ride share driver.
Drive & Earn
Follow the information above and complete the Uber driver application. Once you have an Uber profile you can get the ball rolling to become an Uber driver.
You can also get additional support from Uber staff once you have created your profile. They can assist you via email or in person at a Green Light Center in your city.