How to drive for Uber in Brisbane

How to start earning as an Uber driver in Queensland's capital.

Driving an Uber in Brisbane

You and your car both need to meet the minimum requirements before starting, while more specialised driving, such as UberSELECT, has higher earnings but stricter requirements.

The basic requirements

There are a set of minimum entry requirements you'll need to meet.

Driver document checklist

Got these documents handy? Apply online to become an Uber driver now.

    • A full QLD driver's licence
    • Proof of identification and insurance
    • A completed DA


Suitable Uber cars

You can't drive just any car. You'll always need to meet basic vehicle standards, like working air conditioning, while certain types of driving have higher vehicle standards.

Uber driver requirements

All Uber cars must:

  • Pass a vehicle inspection and be in good working condition
  • Have no cosmetic damage or commercial branding
  • Have no less than 4 doors, and no more than 8 seats
  • Be suitable registered and insured
  • Have working air conditioning and windows

Uber typeModel yearVehicle typeSeatingInsuranceSpecial requirementsEligible models
UberX10 years old or less (from current year)4-door4-7 passengersRegistered and CTP-insured in QueenslandNo former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehiclesCheck here
UberSELECT10 years old or less (from current year)4-door4-7 passengersRegistered and CTP-insured in QueenslandNo former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehiclesCheck here
UberXL10 years old or less (from current year)4-door SUV or passenger van6-7 passengers plus the driverRegistered and CTP-insured in QueenslandAdditional passenger capacityCheck here
UberASSIST10 years old or less (from current year)4-door, easy access4-7 passengersRegistered and CTP-insured in QueenslandAccommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers, collapsible scooters, and other assistive devices; Complete a free training course with the Australian Network on DisabilityCheck here
UberEATS (car)1998 model or newerAnyAnyRegistered and CTP insured in NSWRight to work in Australia and access to Medicare or private health insuranceAny

UberX popular vehicles

  • Ford. Falcon, Focus, Mondeo
  • Holden. Captiva, Commodore, Cruze
  • Honda. Accord, Civic, CR-V, Jazz
  • Hyundai. Accent, Elantra, i30
  • Kia. Cerato, Sportage
  • Mazda. CX5, Mazda3
  • Mitsubishi. Lancer, Outlander
  • Nissan. Dualis, Pulsar, X-Trail
  • Toyota. Aurion, Camry, Corolla, Kluger, Prius, Rav4, Yaris
  • Volkswagen. Golf

UberSELECT eligible vehicles

  • Alfa Romeo. 159, Giulietta (2012 or newer)
  • Audi. A4, A5, A6, A7, A8 and respective Avant models, Q3, Q5, Q7, Q9, any RS or S Class
  • BMW. 3-series and 5-series (includes Gran Turismo), 7-series, Alpina B7, X3, X5, X6, M3, M5
  • Chrysler. 300
  • Genesis. G80, G90
  • Holden. Caprice, Grange, Statesman
  • Hummer. H3
  • Hyundai. Genesis
  • Infiniti. FX, Q50, QX70 (2012 or newer)
  • Jaguar. F-PACE, XE, XF, X-Type
  • Jeep. Grand Cherokee
  • Land Rover. Discovery, Freelander, Range Rover (includes Evoque and Sport)
  • Lexus. ES, GS, GX, IS, LS, NX, RX
  • Maserati. Quattroporte
  • Mercedes-Benz. B-Class, C-Class (includes CL, CLA, CLK, CLS), E-Class (includes Wagon) G-Class (includes GL, GLA, GLC, GLE, GLS), M-Class (includes ML), R-Class, S-Class, V-Class, Viano
  • Porsche. Cayenne, Macan, Panamera
  • Skoda. Superb (2012 or newer)
  • Subaru. Liberty (2015 or newer)
  • Tesla. Model S, Model X
  • Toyota. Kluger (2013 or newer), Prado (2012 or newer)
  • Volkswagen. Passat, Touareg (2012 or newer)
  • Volvo. S60, S80, XC60, XC70, XC90 (2012 or newer)
Uber may amend this list of eligible vehicles at any time.

UberXL popular vehicles

  • Dodge. Journey
  • Fiat. Freemont
  • Ford. Territory
  • Holden. Captiva
  • Honda. Odyssey
  • Hyundai. Santa Fe, iMax
  • Isuzu. MU-X
  • Kia. Carnival, Sorento, Rondo
  • Land Rover. Discovery
  • LDV. G10
  • Mazda. CX-9
  • Mitsubishi. Outlander, Pajero
  • Nissan. X-Trail, Pathfinder, Dualis, Patrol
  • Toyota. Kluger, Prado, Tarago, Land Cruiser, Prius V
  • Volkswagen. Multivan

UberASSIST popular vechicles

  • Ford. Falcon, Focus, Mondeo
  • Holden. Captiva, Commodore, Cruze
  • Honda. Accord, Civic, CR-V, HR-V
  • Hyundai. Accent, Elantra, i30, ix35, Sante Fe
  • Kia. Cerato, Sportage
  • Mazda. CX5, Mazda3
  • Mitsubishi. Lancer
  • Nissan. Dualis, Pulsar, X-Trail
  • Toyota. Aurion, Camry, Corolla,Prius
  • Volkswagen. Golf, Jetta, Passat

UberBLACK eligible vehicles

  • Audi. A6, A8, Q7
  • Bentley. All
  • BMW. 5 Series, 7 Series, X5
  • Cadillac. Escalade
  • Chrysler. 300
  • Holden. Caprice, Statesman
  • Hyundai. Genesis (must be custom-fitted with the Genesis, not Hyundai, badge above the rear number plate)
  • Jaguar. XF, XJ
  • Land Rover. ES, GS, LS, RX
  • Maserati. Ghibli, Quattroporte
  • Mercedes-Benz. E-Class, GL-Class, ML-Class, R-Class, S-Class
  • Porsche. Cayenne, Panamera
  • Rolls Royce. All
  • Tesla. Model S, Model X
Uber may amend this list of eligible vehicles at any time.

UberLUX eligible vehicles

  • Audi. A8 (D4/3rd gen)
  • Bentley. All
  • Cadillac. Escalade
  • BMW. 7-Series (F01/F02)
  • Jaguar. XF, XJ
  • Lexus. LS
  • Maserati. Ghibli, Quattroporte
  • Mercedes-Benz. S-Class (W221, W222)
Uber may amend this list of eligible vehicles at any time.

UberSUV eligible vehicles

  • Audi. Q7
  • BMW. X5
  • Cadillac. Escalade
  • Land Rover. Range Rover Sport
  • Mercedes-Benz. GL-Class, R-Class, V-Class
  • Tesla. Model X

No car? You can still drive for Uber

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Uber car rentals

Uber has a range of partner brands to help out with rentals. From $169 a week, you can get an Uber-ready car and start earning.

Rent an Uber-ready car in Brisbane

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Rent-to-own

Get your car for keeps, and take your pick of compact, hybrid, SUV and luxury models to drive away in. You might even pay it all off through Uber.

Compare your rent-to-own options in Brisbane

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Get a car loan

You can also shop around for your own deal, either from the Uber rental partners or banks, credit unions and standalone car lenders.

Compare Uber car loans

Vehicle inspection: Get your car Uber-approved in Brisbane

Your vehicle will need to pass an inspection to pass an inspection and get its safety certificate before you can start carrying passengers. This certificate is valid for 12 months at a time, and each time your mechanic can just pass it on to Uber without you needing worry.

To make sure you don't have to go too far, Uber has partnered with RedBook to open up approved inspection centres around Brisbane.

Sign up to become an UBER Driver

Be paid weekly as an independent contractor.


How much could I make driving an Uber in Brisbane?

More passengers in less time means more money overall, so your own earnings can vary depending on where and when you drive, and how efficient you are.

For a baseline, you might look at how much someone could make in 14-minute journeys over 4 kilometres. This assumes 24 trips a day and 5 days a week of driving, minus 10% of profits for fuel and other costs.

Uber typeGross earnings per tripFees deducted per tripTotal earnings
UberX$13.90Uber fee (25%): $3.47
Fuel and other costs (10%): $1.40
$9.03 per trip
$216.72 per day
$1,083.60 per week
UberBlack$35.60Uber fee (25%): $8.90
Fuel and other costs (10%): $3.60
$23.10 per trip
$554.40 per day
$2,772 per week
UberSUV$42.00Uber fee (25%): $10.50
Fuel and other costs (10%): $4.20
$27.30 per trip
$655.20 per day
$3,276 per week
UberLUX$52.00Uber fee (25%): $13
Fuel and other costs (10%): $5.20
$33.80 per trip
$811.20 per day
$4,056 per week

How much could I make?

For a more tailored answer, try this Uber earnings calculator. 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 an Uber partner driver.

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Where to find passengers in Brisbane

The Uber app works all around the greater Brisbane area, and in other parts of Queensland, but you can generally earn more by picking up more passengers. Uber drivers in Brisbane are lucky to be in a city with no especially busy areas, and a broad range of peak times they can work in, especially Saturdays.

When to drive

  • Weekday mornings - 4am to 9am
  • Weekday evenings and nights - 4pm til Late
  • Friday - 7pm til Late
  • Saturday - 3 pm til 5 am
  • Sunday - 4pm til midnight

How to do Brisbane airport pickups

You'll need to have a registered e-TAG with Brisbane Airport, to pay the airport access fees, before you can do pickups. However, you can do drop-offs freely.

There are specially designated areas at the airport, which serve both domestic and international terminals. When you receive a pickup request, check which one your rider is at, and then simply head over to collect them.

There are specially designated Uber pick-up zones at the airport, so your passengers will need to go there.

Get started by downloading the Uber app

Download Uber for iOS and Android here.

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