How much you're going to make depends on what kind of Uber driver you are. There are some basic requirements to meet before you can start, and then some additional requirements for earning more as a higher level driver.
Uber's basic driver requirements
To become an Uber driver in Melbourne, it's a minimum requirement that all applicants must:
Accreditation - You will need to get a Driver Accreditation (DA). This is a special type of license administered by the Taxi Services Commission (TSC) for ridesharing drivers. Uber helps all new drivers apply for their Driver Authority as part of the sign-up process.
Vehicle Inspection - You'll be invited in for a free vehicle inspection as part of the signup, and need to complete it before you can start carrying passengers.
Background check - Your application will include a background check.
Driver document checklist
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A valid, full VIC driver's licence
Driver Accreditation (DA) licence
Your passport or birth certificate
Proof of vehicle insurance in VIC
The basic vehicle requirements for each Uber type
Your vehicle must meet the following requirements to be considered for use with any Uber service. It's important to note that if your vehicle does not pass the minimum specifications for UberX, it will likely not pass for other Uber types.
All cars being driven for Uber in Melbourne must:
Be in excellent working condition with no cosmetic damage
Have at least 4 doors
Have no more than 8 seats, including the driver's seat
Pass a vehicle inspection
Have current registration and CTP insurance in VIC
No older than the maximum age for the type of Uber driving
Feature no commercial branding
10 years old or less (from current year)
Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria
No former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehicles
In Melbourne, all drivers need to pass an initial and annual vehicle inspection to drive with Uber.
Uber has partnered with RedBook to make it easier, with inspection sites all around Victoria, and will send out an initial inspection invitation while you sign up as well as annual reminders ahead of time.
Greenlight Hub 578 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne
RedBook Inspect – Dandenong 314 South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South
How much can I make as an Uber driver in Melbourne?
How much you can earn as an Uber driver varies depending on a number of factors, including how many hours you work, which city you're driving in and your regular expenses like fuel and car maintenance.
Uber driver income calculator
To see how much you might earn with your driving schedule, 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 an Uber partner driver.
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Andrew Munro is the cryptocurrency editor at Finder. He was initially writing about insurance, when he accidentally fell in love with digital currency and distributed ledger technology (aka “the blockchain”). Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, and has written guides about everything from industrial pigments to cosmetic surgery.
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