There's very different earning potential for each of the Uber car types, and this is directly tied to the vehicle requirements for each. Here, we'll list the basic driver requirements for all Uber types, followed by a breakdown of each tier.
Minimum driver requirements for all Uber types
To become an Uber driver in Sydney, it's a minimum requirement that all applicants must:
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A valid, full NSW driver's licence
Your passport or birth certificate
Proof of vehicle insurance in NSW
Minimum 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 Sydney 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 NSW
Have working windows and air conditioning
Feature no commercial branding
10 years old or less (from current year)
Registered and CTP insured in NSW
No former taxis, government-branded or rebuilt vehicles or pre-2009 Ford Falcons
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.
Our previous calculation of Sydney Uber fares for riders was on the basis of an average 14-minute journey over 4 kilometres. The following table assumes you drive for similar conditions, work 6 hours a day, completing 24 trips per day, for 5 days of the week. We've also put in a 10% reservation from every trip to cover fuel and other costs – actual costs may be higher or lower.
Uber fee (25%): $3.47 Fuel and other costs (10%): $1.40
$9.03 per trip $216.72 per day $1,083.60 per week
Uber fee (25%): $8.90 Fuel and other costs (10%): $3.60
$23.10 per trip $554.40 per day $2,772 per week
Uber fee (25%): $10.50 Fuel and other costs (10%): $4.20
$27.30 per trip $655.20 per day $3,276 per week
Uber 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
For a more tailored earnings estimate, 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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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.
As an Uber driver with NSW-accreditation, you can drive 24/7 anywhere in NSW that Uber operates.
These areas are popular among riders:
Weekday mornings. Eastern Suburbs, CBD, North Sydney, the Airport
Weekday evenings. CBD, Inner West, Lower North Shore
Weekends. Eastern Suburbs, CBD, the Rocks, Inner West
Events. Olympic Park, Moore Park, CBD
Peak trip times
There are certain times when Sydney Uber drivers are more in-demand, and being available during these busy periods could help you earn more.
Weekday mornings 5am – 9am
Weekday evenings 5pm – 8pm
Friday and Saturday til late
Sydney Airport (SYD) instructions for drivers
Routes to and from the domestic and international airports are popular. Make sure you read our comprehensive guide on picking up and dropping off Uber passengers at Sydney Airport.
Why take out rideshare insurance?
It just makes sense, really.
Want to keep your hard earned cash in your pocket? There are two main reasons why you should be considering rideshare insurance:
Your regular car insurance policy won't cover you for ridesharing.
If an insurer does decide to cover you for Uber driving, you'll only be protected if you work part-time. Essentially, you'll struggle to put food on the table.
But rideshare insurance fixes these problems.
Several insurers now offer a rideshare extension on their car insurance policies. Take out this cover and you'll still be covered if you drive your car as part of a ridesharing service. All that dosh will stay in your pocket.
Some insurers only offer a rideshare extension with their comprehensive car insurance policy, but others also offer it on third party fire and theft and third party property damage policies.
Want to learn more about getting protected?
Why should I speak to a broker about rideshare insurance?
100% free consultation with an expert, with no obligation to sign up
Your regular car insurance policy won't cover you for ridesharing
Many policies won't cover you if you work more than 20 hours. This means you can't work full time!
Rideshare insurance gives you your choice of repairer and handle the claims process on your behalf
Download the Uber app
If you're already an Uber driver, then you probably know most of what's on this page and are just after a link to the app. Well, never fear:
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