Comprehensive Guide: How to Drive with the Uber App in Australia
If you’re looking for a side gig with plenty of flexibility or additional income while in college, consider using the Uber app as an independent driver partner today.
Driving with the Uber app is an easy gig to pick up, as the sign up process is straightforward, as we’ll go over in the article below. You also have full liberty of how much and when you drive as a driver-partner, subject to applicable driving time limits.
Without wasting any time, let’s get started!
What you need to know about driving with the Uber app in Australia
Before we begin the process of guiding you on signing up to use the Uber driver app, the following are a few things to keep in mind when deciding if this is the right fit for you:
- First and foremost, as an independent driver partner, you will be your own boss. You have the freedom to earn and drive based on your own schedule. Although being your own boss has its perks, this requires self-discipline if you have set out your own goals to achieve.
- You must meet all the current rideshare driver requirements of your state or territory in Australia. Generally speaking, this includes that you be 20 or older, meet applicable accreditation requirements, and have at least one year of licensed driving experience in any Australian state or territory under your belt (exceptions apply in certain states and territories). If you do not fulfil these requirements, you might want to consider alternatives, such as delivering for Uber Eats.
What is Uber?
Uber is a ride request app which connects riders and drivers and is available in more than 900+ cities across 69 countries on 6 continents.
Driving with the Uber app has several perks
If you’re wondering about the positives of driving with the Uber app, we’ve listed them below:
- Use the app’s 24/7 online support team to receive answers to your issues.
- Drive whenever you want, whenever it is convenient for you.
- Earnings are released on a weekly basis and can be withdrawn at any moment.
- Set up work schedules that aren’t rigid.
- Makeup and uniform are not required.
Infographics – Steps to Sign Up as a Driver Partner with Uber App
Steps to Signing Up as a Driver Partner
To get started on driving with the Uber app, you must first complete the signup process which is simple and easy to follow. This includes demonstrating that you meet the statutory qualification requirements that vary by city as per the local laws and regulations. Please refer to the driver guides for each state for more details.
1. Meet requirements
Before signing up, ensure that you meet the following requirements to drive with the Uber app.
- Meet the minimum age requirements
- Have access to a vehicle that meets Uber’s vehicle requirements
- Hold a valid full driver’s license in your state or territory
- Have held a full driver’s license in any Australian state or territory for at least 12 months (exceptions apply in certain states and territories)
- Provide all the necessary documents required in your state or territory
- Be listed as an insured driver for the vehicle you plan to drive
If you don’t own a car or vehicle that meets Uber’s requirements, Uber can connect you to vehicle solutions providers who have special offers for driver-partners through Uber’s Marketplace. Refer to the city guides for vehicle requirements in each state:
- NSW: https://www.uber.com/au/en/drive/sydney/vehicle-requirements/
- VIC: https://www.uber.com/au/en/drive/melbourne/vehicle-requirements/
- QLD: https://www.uber.com/au/en/drive/brisbane/vehicle-requirements/
- WA: https://www.uber.com/au/en/drive/perth/vehicle-requirements/
2. Sign up to drive with the Uber app
You can sign up to drive with the Uber app in Australia if you match the above requirements.
You’ll be asked some basic questions about yourself and your vehicle. You can complete this process in a few minutes.
3. Upload your documents and get driver accreditation
After this, you will need to upload your documents, including your driver’s license. Once everything is in order, you can download the Uber driver app.
You will also need to obtain your Driver’s Accreditation. Government regulations require driver partners to hold the right driver accreditation, which you can learn about here. You can get this online and it will allow you to take trips with the Uber app.
4. Background and VEVO checks
After starting the signup process, you’ll be required to pass a background check. Processes for driver-partner background checks vary by city. This process is done online through National Crime Check via the Uber website.
At the time of writing, background check costs around $36.45. Your criminal and driving records may be examined, depending on the state in which you live.
5. Download the Uber Driver app
It can take Uber a few days to review your documents. In the meantime, you can download the Uber Driver app while you wait!
6. Get a vehicle inspection
You must next get a vehicle inspection to make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy.
Each city has its unique approach to a car inspection. You’ll get an email with your location details, but you can also find them on the Uber website.
Since your car will be checked for general safety issues like tyres, lights, and body damage, it’s nice to get them reviewed beforehand or do your safety checks.
And we are done!
These are the easy steps you must follow to start driving with the Uber app in Australia.
What are potential costs to be mindful of?
There may be some expenses you need to keep in mind which we’ve listed below as you get started driving with the Uber app:
- Car Purchase/Loan/Rental Costs: If you don’t already have a vehicle, car purchase or rental costs will need to be factored in.
- Insurance: You must have mandatory third-party insurance and third-party property damage insurance that covers rideshare driving.
- Registration costs: If you own the car, you will need to pay a yearly car registration fee.
- Fuel Costs: Your fuel costs will depend on how many hours you drive and how fuel-efficient your car is. Uber’s rewards program Uber Pro offers fuel discounts that you can take advantage of.
- Car Maintenance: Cost of keeping a car in good condition, like replacing the tires and getting oil and filter changes. This is dependent on how old your car is, what kind it is, how often you use it, where you live, and how you drive it.
What is the best time to drive with the Uber app?
In order to make the most of your time when driving with the Uber app, it might be better to pick peak hours in your local city or town. While this may differ across cities, peak hours are often around:
- Weekdays (Monday to Friday) 6 am to 9 am
- Weekdays (Monday to Friday) 4 pm to 8 pm
- Weekend (Saturday and Sunday): All day
Apart from peak hours, you can also focus on specific locations such as:
- Inner city areas (e.g CBD)
- Tourist attractions
How much money could you make by driving with the Uber app?
Since each driver’s earnings are distinct, estimating the average Australian Uber driver’s income may be difficult.
Average earnings may be significantly affected by several factors, including but not limited to number of trips, trip fares, time of day and location, and earnings are not guaranteed.
We recommend checking Uber’s earning calculator on their website to get a better estimate.
Is it worthwhile to drive with the Uber app in Australia?
Although this is an entirely personal choice, if you are considering earning extra income or a side hustle that provides flexibility around your study schedule, then driving with the Uber app might be the right fit for you.
We discussed some factors above including costs, timings, and the perks of being your own boss and we hope those might help you decide if driving with the Uber app is the right fit for you.
We hope you found this article helpful, and all the best of luck if you decide to start driving with the Uber app!