Recently, many people are struggling even harder to make ends meet as the cost of living has soared around the world. This was also experienced by some Australians. Some of them decided to work multiple jobs to pay the bills. There were approximately 867,000 Australians were working multiple jobs in December quarter 2021 according to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
If you currently feel the same way, you can consider doing a second job to cope with the cost of living in this country. You can start by doing a part-time job, one of which is driving with the gig app as a rideshare driver.
One of the reasons why many people choose to become a rideshare drivers is that the job is quite simple when compared to other gig jobs like a delivery driver. As an illustration, a ride request shows up on your phone, navigates to the passenger’s location and then takes the passenger to the destination and job done.
Why driving with Uber
Currently, there are several rideshare platforms in Australia, but the most popular of them is Uber. According to Roy Morgan’s report, this company is still the market leader in this country. Of several Australians who use a rideshare service for an average of three months, a total of 93% ride with Uber
When Uber became the market leader in this country and had the most active customers among similar apps. This means the opportunity to get a ride request is higher with this app.
If you’re still in doubt, here are some more reasons why you should drive with Uber in Australia and New Zealand:
1. Choose your own hours
Whether you are looking to bring in extra money while you’re studying, or want a gig with a lot of flexibility,
you could consider becoming a driver partner with the Uber app.
Unlike full-time jobs, when and where you work is completely under your control. This means you’ll be in complete control of how much you drive and when you drive. There is a reason so many people swear by this side hustle.
2. Daily earning cash out
When you are driving with Uber you can choose for yourself when you want to cash out your earnings. If you are the type of person who likes to save, you can set it to a normal weekly payout. In addition, drivers are also given the option to be able to access their earnings quickly, in minutes, with the instant cash out feature inside the driver app.
3. Responsive Support
Uber’s responsive support team is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to help when drivers need assistance. When drivers have an accident or just want to submit a fare review, they can access help via in-app support and get an immediate response. In addition, phone support is also available during select hours.
4. Uber Pro
Did you know that Uber rewards driver partners who use Uber with perks like fuel discounts and free coffee*? Uber Pro is a rewards program designed to recognise driver partners for their commitment and effort. By driving with Uber, you’ll be able to earn points and unlock status tiers. The higher tiers, the more rewards you’ll have access to, plus it’s completely free to take part!
So, how does it work? With Uber Pro, there are four status tiers: Blue, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. To reach Gold, Platinum or Diamond tiers, you’ll need to do two things:
- Earn points: Each tier has a certain number of points that you’ll need to reach in order to get access to that tier’s rewards. You earn points by completing trips.
- Keep your rating to 4.7 or above and the cancellation rate to 3% or below.
When you earn enough points to reach each higher tier, you’ll unlock that tier’s rewards right away. Once you’ve unlocked the next tier, you can start enjoying your new rewards straight away, ranging from fuel discounts and free coffee* to seeing your trip duration and direction before accepting and 24/7 exclusive support.
*Free coffee is available with a minimum fuel purchase of 25L
How to get started
It’s not that hard to get started driving with the Uber platform, almost all of the registration steps can be done online. Here’s a quick guide on how to start driving with Uber in Australia and NZ.
1. Sign up online
To become a rideshare driver with Uber, you can start by signing up online through their official website. On that page, you will be asked to fill in your basic personal identity such as your full name, email, password, phone number, and choose which city you will drive in.
2. Upload your documents
You will need to upload your documents, including your driver’s licence. Once everything is in order, you can download the Uber partner app.
3. Get a vehicle inspection
If the vehicle you plan to drive with the Uber app meets your state or territory’s requirements, if required, the next step is to arrange a vehicle inspection to confirm it is roadworthy.
Step-by-step guide on how to become Uber Driver in Australia and NZ
If you want to know more details about the Uber driver registration process, you can see the following short guide. We will divide this guide into two because each country has different requirements.
1. Fill out the initial registration form and choose how you’d like to earn
To start the signing up process you can go to the Uber Driver Sign Up page. On that page, you will be asked to enter some basic personal information such as your name, email, password, phone number and the city where you will be driving with the Uber app.
The next step is to choose one of the services from Uber that you want. Because you want to drive with the Uber app, you can choose “Drive with Uber – Individual” which will later assign you as an UberX driver.
2. Terms and Conditions – Terms of the Consents
To continue the registration process you must review and agree to the provided terms and conditions documents. In addition, you also need to set aside time to review and agree to the given terms of the consent documents.
For your information, the documents in the screen capture below are references for drivers in New South Wales (NSW). The provided documents in this section will vary depending on the state you will drive in.
3. Required Steps
This page lists all requirements that you need to do to set up your Uber account. When you complete one of the required steps and it gets approved, that step will move to the Completed section at the bottom of the page.
Please note that this required step page may differ in each state across the country and may also change from time to time following Uber’s policy and regulatory changes from the authorities. You can start the sign up process to see the most recent driver requirements in Australia.
4. Account Activation
Once every required step has been approved, you will receive a notification via email or text message from Uber about account activation. If you haven’t received it yet, you may need to wait some time for all the requirements to be approved.
New Zealand Drivers
The registration process for individuals who wish to become Uber Drivers in NZ is not much different from those residing in Australia. So, it’s not necessary to rewrite every step on how to complete the sign up process. However, below we include a screen capture of the required steps for New Zealanders who want to drive with the Uber app.