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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 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.

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.

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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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72 Responses

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    IvanaJanuary 23, 2020

    Just wondering, can you just do Uber driving for people in eg: bayside Melbourne where I live? Or do you have to do whenever and wherever they ask?

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      AshJanuary 25, 2020

      Hi Ivana,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      For Uber rides, you have the ability to decline a trip if it will difficult for you to complete it. The rides that will be given to you will be based on your current location, the destination of your passenger will be anywhere within the vicinity of the state where you are registered.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    loisNovember 26, 2019

    Are there many female uber drivers? also I notice that Jeep cherooke is not listed as a suitable car, it seats 4 passengers and is only 4 years old.

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      NikkiNovember 26, 2019

      Hi Lois,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I hope you are doing well. Lady drivers are accepted to drive UBer however, we aren’t able to provide information on the number of registered Uber drivers in Melbourne. You can reach out to Uber directly to obtain this information. You can find the list of Uber approved car list on the main page of Uber.

      Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    MadawalaAugust 16, 2019

    Hi, I have a clean New Zealand full licence which I am in the process of converting to Australian full licence. If I get my Aussie full licence next week do you think I am eligible to drive UberX straightaway without waiting for 6 months? Thanks

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      NikkiAugust 17, 2019

      Hi Madawala,

      Thanks for getting in touch! As required by UBER, your Australia driver’s licence needs to be good and valid for 6 months before driving UBER in Australia.

      Hope this helps. Feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    luJune 20, 2019

    UBER DRIVERS MUST HAVE AN ABN NUMBER?

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      NikkiJune 20, 2019

      Hi Lu,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Yes, if you are a driver for ridesharing services, you must register for an Australian Business Number (ABN) and GST. Note that an ABN doesn’t replace your tax file number, but it is used for various tax and other business purposes.

      At present, rideshare drivers are considered independent contractors based on a range of factors which entails the driver’s ability to choose their own hours and personal ownership of the vehicle. As a rideshare driver, you’re operating under a Sole Trader business structure and therefore must register an ABN as a Sole Trader.

      To register for ABN, simply visit the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.

      Hope this helps! For any clarifications, feel free to message us again.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    JagstarJune 1, 2019

    Would a Kia Sportage 2019 model be considered an UberBlack?

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      JhezJune 1, 2019Staff

      Hello Jagstar,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately, no. Kia Sportage is considered under UberX. For UberBLACK, they consider Kia K900 (model).

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    AnpaMay 16, 2019

    Hi
    I am from Sri Lanka. I got a driving license in 2002 and driving from there. I moved to Melbourne now and got Australian Full license here. my question is
    -Can I drive uber or Uber Eat with Australian License which I took a month ago?
    – should Vehicle registration be under my name I mean Own vehicle?
    – Do I need to register ABN number?

    Thanks

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      NikkiMay 17, 2019

      Hi Anpa,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      To be able to drive Uber/Ubereats in Melbourne, your Australian Driver’s Licence must be valid for at least 6 months. If you don’t own a vehicle yet, you can use a rented car to drive Uber. Other options include renting a car to own or getting a car loan. If you are a driver for ridesharing services, you must register for an Australian Business Number (ABN) and GST.

      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    premMay 15, 2019

    Hi,

    Can I use my Holden Captiva XL 2010 – 7 seater and under which category and how long is it valid till?

    Thanks

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      JeniMay 16, 2019Staff

      Hi Prem,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      Holden Captiva is one of the eligible models for UberX, UberXL and Uber Assist. One of the vehicle requirements is the vehicle should not be more than 10 years old.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    JohnApril 6, 2019

    While driving through toll roads, is the toll paid to the driver?

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      MaiApril 7, 2019Staff

      Hi John,

      Thank you for reaching out to Finder.

      Yes the toll will be paid to the driver. Note that the additional charges that may apply to the trip, including tolls, surcharges, or other fees are automatically added to the trip fare.

      Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards,
      Mai

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    JayApril 1, 2019

    Can I use a 2012 Toyta FJ Cruiser as an UberX vehicle?

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      JeniApril 2, 2019Staff

      Hi Jay,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      I’m afraid that your 2012 Toyta FJ Cruiser might not be used for UberX since UberX requires 4 doors. Common Toyota vehicles for UberX are Aurion, Camry, Corolla, Kluger, Prius, Rav4, Yaris while Landcruiser falls under UberXL category.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    MohammedMarch 18, 2019

    Hi, I have got Holden Colorado UTE. Can I use it for Uber in Melbourne?

    Cheers!

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      JeniMarch 19, 2019Staff

      Hi Mohammed,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      You may use your Holden Colorado UTE under uberX. Please make sure that your vehicle is 10 years old or less (from current year), has 4 doors, registered and CTP-insured in Victoria as well as NOT a former taxi or government-branded or rebuilt vehicle.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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