Make money in Melbourne with Uber

How much you can make, what car you need and where to start.

How to become an Uber driver in Melbourne

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:

  • Age - At least 21 years old
  • Vehicle - Vehicles must be Uber-approved
  • License - A full VIC driver's license is required. No learner or provisional licenses are permitted.
  • Experience - You must have held a full Australian driver's licence for at least 6 months
  • Insurance - Your Uber vehicle must be covered by comprehensive or third party property insurance. Look for rideshare car insurance for tailored protection.
  • 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 Accredication (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.

Uber driver requirements
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

Uber typeModel yearVehicle typeSeatingInsuranceSpecial requirementsEligible models
UberX10 years old or less (from current year)4-door4 passengersRegistered and CTP-insured in VictoriaNo former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehiclesCheck here
UberSELECT10 years old or less (from current year)4-door4 passengersRegistered and CTP-insured in VictoriaMinimum 4.6 rating; Completed at least 50 trips; Drive an eligible vehicleCheck here
UberXL10 years old or less (from current year)4-door SUV or large passenger van6-7 passengersRegistered and CTP-insured in VictoriaExtra passenger capacityCheck here
UberASSIST10 years old or less (from current year)4-door4-7 passengersRegistered and CTP-insured in VictoriaAccommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers, collapsible scooters, and other assistive devices; Complete a free training course with the Australian Network on DisabilityCheck here
UberBLACK6 years old or less (from current year)4-door luxury vehicle4 passengersCommercial vehicle insurance + VH registration platesDrive an eligible black, grey or silver vehicleCheck here
UberEATS (car)1990 model or newerAnyAnyRegistered and CTP-insured in VictoriaRight 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. A8, Q7
  • BMW. 5 Series, 7 Series
  • Chrysler. 300c
  • Holden. Caprice
  • Jaguar. XF, XJ
  • Lexus. ES,GS,LS
  • Mercedes. E Class, S Class, GL Class, ML Class

Uber may amend this list of eligible vehicles at any time.

Don’t own or have access to an Uber-approved vehicle? Here are your options in Melbourne.

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Rent a car

No car? No problem. Start now with a brand new car from Uber rental partners from less than $170 a week. This is an option to help you get started fast.

Rent an Uber car in Melbourne

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Rent-to-own

For a bit more you can rent-to-own your vehicle after 4 years. Choose from compact, hybrid, SUV and luxury models to get the car you want, and work to pay it off all at once.

Compare Melbourne car rental providers

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Get a car loan

Take care of it yourself, and tailor your own car finance options available through one of Uber's company partners or directly via a bank, credit union or standalone car lender.

Compare Uber car loans

Melbourne Uber inspection centres

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.

Sign up to become an UBER Driver

Be paid weekly as an independent contractor.


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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Where to drive in Melbourne

Drive at the peak hours to boost your income, and in some of the key popular areas, including:

  • The airports
  • Inner east suburbs
  • Inner urban areas
  • The CBD

Across all of these, you have some clear peak hours including:

  • Weekday mornings - 5am to 9am
  • Weekday nights - 8pm to 4am
  • Weekends all day

Driving in rainy weather, or major events, are also great ways to pick up more passengers.

Download the Uber app

Get started by signing up and downloading the Uber app here:

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4 Responses

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    GlenJanuary 23, 2018

    Hi how much does it costs to register my car with uber ? is there an annual fee ? thanks

    • Staff
      ArnoldJanuary 23, 2018Staff

      Hi Glen,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      The registration fee will depend on the state where you are located and the type of car that you drive. It would be best to contact Uber directly to know exactly how much you’ll be paying.

      Hope this information helps

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    DebbyNovember 9, 2017

    Are there any uber drivers in Warrnambool or surrounds in Victoria?

    • Staff
      RenchNovember 9, 2017Staff

      Hi Debby,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Please note that we are not affiliated with Uber or any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      Yes, Uber is available also in Warrnambook VIC as I have checked from Uber official site.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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