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 type Model year Vehicle type Seating Insurance Special requirements Eligible models
UberX 10 years old or less (from current year) 4-door 4 passengers Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria No former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehicles Check here
UberSELECT 10 years old or less (from current year) 4-door 4 passengers Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria Minimum 4.6 rating; Completed at least 50 trips; Drive an eligible vehicle Check here
UberXL 10 years old or less (from current year) 4-door SUV or large passenger van 6-7 passengers Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria Extra passenger capacity Check here
UberASSIST 10 years old or less (from current year) 4-door 4-7 passengers Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria Accommodate folding wheelchairs, walkers, collapsible scooters, and other assistive devices; Complete a free training course with the Australian Network on Disability Check here
UberBLACK 6 years old or less (from current year) 4-door luxury vehicle 4 passengers Commercial vehicle insurance + VH registration plates Drive an eligible black, grey or silver vehicle Check here
UberEATS (car) 1990 model or newer Any Any Registered and CTP-insured in Victoria Right to work in Australia and access to Medicare or private health insurance Any

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.

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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:

Uber Driver app for iOS

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Uber Driver app for Android

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44 Responses

  1. Default Gravatar
    RoyJanuary 5, 2019

    Hi,

    Can you give a rough estimate on how much I would earn if join UberX and work 8 to 10 hours a day for 5 days a week?
    PS, you have a calculator on your site above, should I keep the hourly rate at 35 or more or less?

    Thanks,
    Roy

    • finder Customer Care
      CharisseJanuary 8, 2019Staff

      Hi Roy,

      Thanks for reaching out to finder.

      You can make use of the UberX income calculator above, to get an estimate on how much you could earn as an UberX driver.

      Since you are looking into working 8-10 hours for 5 days, you can put 45-50 for your number of hours/week. As for the hourly rate, you can put an amount between $35 to $40 as this is the average income of drivers in Australia however, you can always play with the figures as you deem necessary.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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    SalamDecember 25, 2018

    Hi, are the eligible models that only mentioned above or any tidy cars with 4 doors? And if I want to be an Uber driver, the 10 years old or less (from current year) would be eligible in 2019? Thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      JeniDecember 25, 2018Staff

      Hi Salam,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      The Uber driver must have held a full Australian driver’s licence for at least 6 months while the vehicle must be 10 years old or less from current year – say you applied for this in January 2019 then the car should be 2009 model or less.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    JoaquinDecember 18, 2018

    I am from Argentina and I hold a driving license from that country for 14 years.
    I also have done the Victorian license which I will get next month.
    Can I be exempted of the 6 months holding a Victorian license requirement being that I hold an international license?

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaDecember 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Joaquin,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      As per the requirements of Uber, you would need to hold a Victorian license for at least six months even if you have held an international license. However, you might want also to confirm with Uber and see if they also have other options for you.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    JessDecember 17, 2018

    Hi i have a full license and a car 2009 model so I want to ask if 2009 model car will be accepted in 2019 or not?

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaDecember 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Jess,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Yes, your car may still be eligible for Uber in terms of its age. Of course, you still need to check other requirements and see if your car meets them.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    DenukaDecember 15, 2018

    Hi,

    I have held an overseas driving license for around two years now and doing Uber eats by that. I’m going to get my VIC driving license next month and I want to know if I can start doing UberX in Melbourne as soon as I get the VIC license or should I wait for a certain amount of time?

    Thanks.

    • finder Customer Care
      JoshuaDecember 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Denuka,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      After receiving your VIC driving license, you would need to wait for another six months as part of Uber’s requirements.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    tomDecember 6, 2018

    can i drive for uber as second income. as i have a full time job. ?

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnDecember 10, 2018Staff

      Hi Tom,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Yes, this is possible. You may need to advise Uber regarding this to ensure that they are knowledgeable about your time doing Uber in case you get accepted. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    TonyDecember 2, 2018

    Hi
    I was born and raised in Australia and l have been working in one our missions overseas for 25 years. I have relocated back to Melbourne and l have converted my European licence to a Victorian licence approx a month ago. Can l become an Uber driver ?

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnDecember 3, 2018Staff

      Hi Tony,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Kindly check the eligibility requirements to drive for Uber below:

      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.

      Please note that you will also need to have held your full driver’s licence for at least 12 months. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    ScottNovember 28, 2018

    Hi Friends,

    I was an Uber driver in New Zealand for a year, can I drive uber in Melbourne using the same uber account?
    Please advise me! Thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnNovember 28, 2018Staff

      Hi Scott,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Please note the following requirements below associated with the driver’s license requirement to be an Uber driver:

      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

      Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    mahmoodNovember 19, 2018

    Hi
    I have 22 years old and Ijudt i have got full license now
    4 years experience driving and 1 year truck driving in Melbourne
    Am I eligible to work in Uber ?
    Thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      NikkiNovember 20, 2018Staff

      Hi Mahmood,

      Thanks for reaching out! As long as you meet the driver’s and car criteria of Uber stated above, you can definitely apply to work at Uber.
      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    EvanNovember 16, 2018

    Can I drive during holiday peak in coastal towns – ie; warrnambool / port Campbell?

    • finder Customer Care
      JohnNovember 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Evan,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Yes, you may be able to drive during the holiday peak in coastal towns. Uber will send updates just in case there are restrictions directly to you. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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