Driving with DiDi in Sydney

Everything you need to know about driving with DiDi in Sydney - from car requirements to your potential earnings as a driver.

Minimum requirements for all DiDi drivers

If you're looking to start driving with DiDi in Sydney, minimum requirements apply. Drivers are required to:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have access to a DiDi approved vehicle
  • Be insured on the vehicle that you are planning to drive: Comprehensive or third party property insurance is required, but you may also want to consider specialised rideshare insurance
  • Hold a full New South Wales driver's licence: Provisional (P) or Learners (L) licences are not permitted
  • Have held a full driver's licence in any state or territory for at least 12 months

Documentation required

If you meet the above minimum criteria, you will be required to submit the following documentation to DiDi. This includes:

  • Your driver's licence
  • Additional proof of ID (birth certificate or passport)
  • Your insurance documents
  • Driving record
  • National police check

Minimum requirements for each type of DiDi vehicle

To be considered as a DiDi driver, your vehicle must meet the following requirements. It's important to note that if your vehicle does not pass the minimum specifications for DiDi, it will likely not pass for other DiDi types.

DiDi driver requirements

All cars being driven for DiDi in Sydney must
  • Be in excellent working condition with no cosmetic damage
  • Be a maximum of 10 years old
  • Not have been a taxi, ex-taxi, government or re-built vehicle
  • Have at least 4 doors and at least 5 seats, including the driver's seat
  • Have no more than 8 seats, including the driver's seat
  • Pass a vehicle inspection
  • Current registration and CTP insurance in New South Wales
  • Working windows and air conditioning
  • Feature no commercial branding

DiDi car typeModel yearVehicle typeSeatingInsuranceSpecial requirementsEligible models
DiDi Express10 years old or less (from current year)4-door sedan4 passengersRegistered and CTP insured in VICNo former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehiclesCheck here
DiDi Max10 years old or less (from current year)4-door sedan or SUV7


Registered and CTP insured in VICNo former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehiclesCheck here

Need help accessing a DiDi-approved vehicle? Check out the options available in Sydney.

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Rent a car

Looking to start driving with DiDi in Sydney, but don't own a car? Rent a brand new, DiDi-ready vehicle from as little as $180 per week. This is a low-fee, flexible option to help you get on the road more quickly.

Rent a DiDi car in Sydney

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For a slightly higher fee each week, you can opt to rent-to-own a vehicle. This means that you drive to pay off your car, and it could be yours after just four years. Choose from compact, hybrid, SUV and luxury models.

Compare Sydney car rental providers

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Get a car loan

There are lots of tailored car finance options available through one of DiDi's company partners or directly via a bank, credit union or standalone car lender.

Compare DiDi car loans

DiDi driver income calculator

To tailor your earnings estimate on how much you could make driving with DiDi in Sydney, enter your income and vehicle expenses into the calculator below.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this calculator, the results should be used as an indication only. It doesn't take into account your financial circumstances and is neither a quote or guarantee of your income as a DiDi partner driver.

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Where to drive in Sydney

As a DiDi driver with New South Wales-accreditation, you can drive 24/7 anywhere in New South Wales that DiDi operates. DiDi launched in Sydney 16 March 2020, so hotspots specific to DiDi may not yet be established. However, these hotspots are popular to rideshare drivers across the board:

Sydney hotspots

These areas are popular among riders due to their high earning potential for rideshare drivers:

  • Weekday mornings. Eastern Suburbs, CBD, North Sydney, the Airport
  • Weekday evenings. CBD, Inner West, Lower North Shore
  • Weekends. Eastern Suburbs, CBD, the Rocks, Inner West
  • Events. Olympic Park, Moore Park, CBD

Peak trip times

There are times when Sydney rideshare drivers are more in-demand, and being available during these busy periods could help you earn more.

  • Weekday mornings 5am – 9am
  • Weekday evenings 5pm – 8pm
  • Friday and Saturday until late
  • Sunday daytime

Getting paid with DiDi

In order to get paid as a DiDi driver in Sydney, you will need to provide various details. Payments are processed every week. Details you will need to provide in order to get paid include:

  • Bank details. Your BSB and account number.
  • ABN. Driving with DiDi in Sydney is essentially a form of running your own business, so you will need to be registered as an Australian business and have an Australian Business Number in order to receive payment.

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