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Looking to make a bit of extra cash and drive for Didi Australia? We've put together this guide to help you gauge how much money you could make, how to become a driver with Didi, and how Didi compares to other rideshare services.

Who is Didi Australia?

DiDi is a mobile-based ride-sharing service similar to Uber and Ola.

The company was founded in China in 2012 and has since grown to over 550 million users worldwide in over 400 cities.

The service is celebrated in the media, winning various awards, including making Fortune's Change the World List in both 2016 and 2018 and being recognised as the "Best Hidden Gem for Mexico" in Google Play's Best of 2018 list. As of mid-2017, with a $60 billion valuation DiDi was considered one of the world's most valuable startups.

How do you become a DiDi driver?

To get started, you need to download the DiDi Driver app, then register to drive and earn.

To register you must be:

  • 21 years old (or older).
  • An insured driver with a vehicle that meets DiDi's requirements (4 doors, under 10 years old, in good working condition with no visible damage).
  • In possession of a valid Australian driver's licence for at least 6 months (Victoria) or at least 12 months (elsewhere).

These documents are required to register:

  • Full driver's licence
  • Proof of ID (passport or birth certificate)
  • Vehicle insurance certificate
  • Other documents, depending on your state or territory

After you've registered, select "GO ONLINE" in the app and you will begin receiving requests. Simply tap "Accept Request" when a notification appears, and you're a DiDi Driver.

When you're finished, set your home destination and the service will make sure to only plan rides taking you in that direction.

Don't forget to tap "GO OFFLINE" when you don't want any more requests!

How does the pay with DiDi compare to Uber and other ride-share services?

RideShare Drivers United recently performed a survey of ride-share drivers for DiDi, Uber and Ola in Melbourne in order to compare average net earnings per km. This figure was calculated by removing tolls and dividing total net pay (excluding surge pricing) by the number of kilometres traveled. The Uber drivers netted around $1.51 per km while the Ola and DiDi drivers earned about 15% more with $1.70 per km and $1.74 per km, respectively. This gap largely comes from the difference in commissions charged by the services. DiDi charges only 5%, while Uber charges up to 27%.

It is important to note that during surge conditions Uber drivers may earn significantly more (1.3x and up), providing they're able to avoid all of Uber's "Upfront Pricing" tricks and driving too far (more than 10 minutes) for a pick-up.

Where is DiDi legal in Australia?

Since opening in mid-2018, DiDi operates in seven Australian cities, with more on the way:

  • Melbourne
  • Geelong
  • Newcastle
  • Perth
  • Brisbane
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Gold Coast
  • Sydney

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