Uber driver guide: Canberra

How to start earning money as a rideshare driver.

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Initial Uber requirements - What all drivers need

Make sure you're able to meet all the minimum requirements for Uber driving in Canberra before you get started. There are:

  • Minimum driver requirements
  • Minimum car requirements
  • Additional car requirements for special Uber categories

Minimum driver requirements

All Uber drivers need to be:

  • 21+ years of age
  • Fully licensed to drive in the ACT
  • Fully licensed to drive in Australia for at least 12 months
  • Insured against third party property damage at a minimum. This means either comprehensive or third party property insurance. Your name vehicle make and registration, policy expiration and type of cover must be visible on the document.
  • Rideshare accredited
  • Able to pass a vehicle inspection at a registered Uber inspection site
How to get your rideshare accreditation

You can get this through Uber, via its partners, or can get it done yourself at certified providers of your choice. It involves:

  • Completing a criminal background check
  • Passing a standard Uber vehicle inspection
  • Completing a commercial driver's health assessment, at a medical centre or GP

Once you have these, submit the documents to Access Canberra via mail or email for processing.

Driver document checklist

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

  • A valid, full driver's licence
  • Proof of identification and vehicle insurance
  • Rideshare accreditation

Minimum vehicle requirements

There are minimum requirements for standard Uber passenger driving (UberX), and some additional requirements for other types of driving.

Uber driver requirements

To pass the Uber inspection, make sure your car:

  • Is in excellent working condition with no cosmetic damage
  • Has at least 4 doors
  • Has no more than 8 seats, including the driver's seat
  • Has current registration and CTP insurance in the ACT
  • Has working windows and air conditioning
  • Features no commercial branding of any kind

Uber typeModel yearVehicle typeSeatingInsuranceSpecial requirementsEligible models
UberX10 years old or less (2007 model or newer as of 2017)4 doorsSeat 4-7 passengersAccredited for rideshare by Access CanberraAre not taxis, government, branded or rebuilt vehiclesCheck here
UberASSIST10 years old or less (model year 2007 as of 2017)4 doorsSeat 4-7 passengersRegistered and CTP-insured in the ACT, with additional consideration for rideshareCan accommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers, collapsible scooters, and other assistive devicesCheck here

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? Where to get an Uber approved vehicle.

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Uber rental

You can rent an Uber-ready car through Uber partners to become a driver, even if you don't have your own vehicle.

Check for Uber car rental services in Canberra

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Uber rent-to-own

You are able to choose from a selection of compact, hybrid, SUV and luxury vehicle models with Uber partner rent-to-own plans.

Learn more about Uber rent-to-own plans

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Other Uber vehicle rentals

You can go through Uber partners, but an eligible vehicle loan from a bank, credit union or standalone car lender might also suit your needs.

Compare other Uber car loans

Where to get an Uber inspection in Canberra

You will need to pass an ACT Roadworthy vehicle inspection before you can drive for Uber in Canberra. This also needs to be done no more than 30 days before applying for your ACT rideshare accreditation.

To make it easier, Uber provides this service free of charge through RedBook Inspect, located at Unit 2, Quilpie Crescent, Fyshwick.


Drive with Uber

If you want the flexibility of being your own boss, you can sign up here as an Uber driver. Get started by clicking the green button.

Is it worth driving an Uber in Canberra?

You can use a Canberra Uber calculator to work out how much you might earn as a driver, and whether it's worth it.

Consider this table for an estimate, based on near full-time driving, making 24 trips a day (at an average of 14 minutes and 4km each), working 6 hours a day and 5 days per week, and then minus 10% for petrol 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

Uber driver income calculator

Or you can use this calculator to help work out whether it might be worth it.

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.


Drive with Uber

If you want the flexibility of being your own boss, you can sign up here as an Uber driver. Get started by clicking the green button.

Uber service area in Canberra

Trip requests can only be made from within the outlined area. Some areas are particularly popular, and can help you get more passengers fast.

Canberra's Uber hotspots

  • Central Canberra
  • Braddon
  • Kingston
  • Canberra Airport
  • Parliament House
  • Manuka

Canberra's Uber peak hours

  • Weekday mornings. 6am to 9am
  • Weekday evenings. 5pm to 8pm
  • Friday and Saturday. Evenings til late

Canberra Airport (CBR) instructions for drivers

It's a good idea to know how to cash in on this popular route, because it works slightly differently to other pickups.

  • Get a pickup card: These give you free access to the airport for up to 15 minutes at a time. A $22 deposit is required for it, and it is mandatory if you plan on doing airport pickups.
  • FIFO: Enter the designated Uber waiting area to get placed in a queue. This is a virtual First In First Out (FIFO) queue. Time spent here will not count towards your 15-minute access allowance.
  • Express Pickup: Go to the airport "Express Pickup Area" to collect your passenger. You may want to call them and make sure they know where they need to go for pickup. You have 15 minutes to do this before you will start being charged standard parking fees.

Uber app download

Already an Uber driver, or just after a link to the app? Here it is, Uber for iOS and Android.

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    NikkiFebruary 23, 2019

    Hi Tarek,

    Thanks for getting in touch! You can still drive Uber without a car by hiring a car for uber. See our list of Uber car rentals to compare your options. Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.


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