If you are considering becoming an Rideshare driver in Australia, then DiDi, Ola and Uber present a fantastic opportunity to put your car to work and start pulling-in some serious cash.
I recommend that you sign up to drive with Uber first because they have the largest amount of riders using their platform as of 2020. However there is still plenty of work available on Didi and Ola, so ultimately its best to drive for all 3 rideshare companies.
There are a few Rideshare 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 License Requirements
- 21 years of age
- Held an Australian Open driving license (non-provisional) for at least 1 year
- Hold a license for the State you wish to drive in or transfer inter-state license
- Complete a medical assessment*
- Driver Authorization/Accreditation endorsement (Taxi driver) on your license
- Booked Hire Service License 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).
Rideshare Vehicle Requirements
- 5 door hatchback, sedan or SUV that can seat up to 4 passengers, 5 including the driver (DiDi Express, Ola Prime, Uberx)
- 5 Door hatchback, sedan or SUV that can seat up to 6 passengers, 7 including the driver (Ola Prime SUV, Uberxl)
- 2010 model or newer
- Vehicle is registered in the State that you wish to drive in
- Safety Inspection by state government approved garage. Yearly inspection required
- Not a taxi, ex-taxi, government vehicle or re-built (repairable write-off) vehicle
- Vehicle currently registered
- Free from cosmetic damage and commercial branding
- Have working windows and air conditioning
The UberPREMIER platform requires that you drive a premium spec vehicle, for example, Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Lexus and so on.
As an UberPremier driver in Australia, you can potentially earn significantly more money compared to just Uberx. However, it is worth bearing in mind the increased up-front costs of buying an UberPremier vehicle and potentially higher running costs (servicing, fuel etc).
Additional Vehicle 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.
Application Process (Uber)
Following these 6 simple steps to become an Uber 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. Depending on your state, you will need to apply for either a Driver Authorization (DA), Driver Authority (DA), PTLC or PTD at your local Department of Transport center (QLD, WA), Service NSW center (NSW), RTA center (ACT), VicRoads center (VIC), Service SA center (SA). Tasmania only requires a Police Check.
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.
Queensland drivers will also need a Booked Hire Service License (BHSL) on their vehicle.
Visit the links below for more information on getting your DA/PTLC/PTD and BHSL,
Queensland Driver Authorization
ACT Driver Accreditation (D rideshare condition)
VICTORIA Driver Accreditation
SA Driver Accreditation (Rideshare Driver)
WA PTD Authorization
What happens if you don’t meet the Rideshare 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 don’t have to buy a brand new car and you can start with an UberX vehicle which will work out cheaper to begin with.
You can also visit the Uber Marketplace to find out about various vehicle solutions that 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 causing 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 have a visa that allows you to work in Australia or 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.