Apart from helping Australians’ mobility, Uber can also be an option for some people to earn extra income. It offers drivers the flexibility to set their own working hours and choose when and where to drive.
Uber drivers have the potential to earn a decent income, and in some cases, it can be more lucrative than traditional taxi driving. Their dynamic pricing model, which increases fares during periods of high demand (known as surge pricing), can lead to increased earnings for drivers.
Another reason why many are interested in making Uber a main side hustle is the easy process to drive with the platform. Becoming an Uber driver is relatively straightforward compared to becoming a licensed taxi driver or other jobs, which often involve more extensive training, permits, and regulations.
Until this article was written, Uber was still opening opportunities for Australians who wanted to drive for them. Some of you are curious, why are they still recruiting new rideshare drivers? Even though they have been operating in Australia for more than ten years and already have hundreds of thousands of driver-partners across the country.
Uber’s business model relies on effectively balancing the supply of drivers with the ride demand. In some instances, there may be imbalances, such as a shortage of available drivers in certain areas or during peak times.
By continuously recruiting new drivers, Uber aims to maintain a sufficient supply of drivers to match the demand, ensuring that passengers can quickly find available rides.
What is an Uber driver sign-up bonus?
This is one of the company’s strategies to maintain a sufficient pool of drivers and minimise service disruptions. The company continually recruits new drivers to replace those who may have left the platform.
Uber offers sign-up bonuses as a financial incentive for new drivers to join the platform. These bonuses are typically awarded to drivers after they meet specific criteria, such as completing a specified number of trips within a given timeframe.
This kind of promotion can give the platform a competitive edge in the ridesharing market. It can entice drivers away from competing platforms like Didi, Ola, Indrive or traditional taxi services, making it more likely for drivers to choose Uber as their preferred option.
This bonus is also expected to contribute to driver retention and engagement. Once drivers join Uber and receive the sign-up bonus, they may be more motivated to continue driving and maximise their financial benefits. This can help Uber maintain an active and engaged driver base over the long term.
How to get Uber driver sign up bonus in Australia?
To qualify for the sign-up bonus, you typically need to fulfil specific requirements set by Uber. These requirements may include completing a specified number of trips within a specific timeframe or meeting particular performance metrics. Ensure that you understand the bonus terms and conditions and work towards fulfilling them.
Unfortunately, the sign up bonus offer for new Uber (rideshare) drivers in Australia has ended starting in early July 2023. The bonus notification that we could see on the official Uber website before, has now been removed.
For drivers who have previously registered when this program was running, it is advisable to inquire further with the support team, to find out whether you are still eligible for the bonus or not. We will update this page when we get the latest information about this offer.
The Uber driver sign-up bonus criteria as of June 2023 only applies to new driver-partners who sign-up and drive in 6 main cities in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Adelaide. Apart from these cities, it means you are ineligible for the bonus.
In addition, driver-partners must complete a minimum of 30 trips within 90 days of signing up to become a driver. For example, on 1 June 2023, you visit the Uber website, complete the sign-up form then select to drive with Uber. Then you can only complete 30 trips before 30 August 2023.
Keep in mind that sign-up bonus availability, requirements, and amounts may change from time to time and without prior notice. It’s advisable to review the specific details and terms of the sign-up bonus program in your area during the sign-up process to ensure you understand the requirements.
How much is the sign up bonus?
Once all the criteria are met, and the driver completes the specified trips, they should receive a sign up bonus shortly after. In Australia, eligible new Uber drivers can earn an extra $750 after completing 30 trips within 90 days of signing up.
Our research shows Australia’s driver sign-up bonus was first launched around the end of June 2021. At that time, every new Uber driver-partner in the country had the opportunity to earn an extra $500 when drivers completed 100 trips within 180 days of signing up. The bonus amount given has increased significantly when compared to the first time this promotion was held.
When will I receive the sign up bonus?
Once you meet the bonus requirements, Uber will typically credit the sign-up bonus to your driver account. The bonus amount will be directly added to your driver account earnings in the current week and can be withdrawn with your next weekly payment.
However, Uber may have a verification process in place to ensure that drivers meet all the eligibility criteria and comply with their terms and conditions. If there are any issues or discrepancies found during the verification process, it may cause a delay in your bonus payment while Uber resolves the matter.
If you believe there is an unreasonable delay in your bonus payment, you should contact Uber’s driver support or customer service. They can provide specific information about the status of your bonus payment and help resolve any issues or concerns you may have.
I didn’t get my sign up bonus?
Although it rarely happens, we have heard that some Uber drivers didn’t get sign-up bonuses in Australia after completing the required trips. This can happen for several reasons. Here we provide some possibilities:
- If you are eligible for this offer, you will receive an email confirmation after you sign up. Eligible Uber products vary by city and include only UberX, XL, Pool, Comfort, Premier, Pet, Assist and Reserve.
- You have registered as an Uber Eats delivery driver or previously signed up or commenced but have not completed the onboarding process.
- If you violated Uber’s terms and conditions or engaged in any prohibited activities during the sign-up process or while driving, They reserve the right to cancel or revoke any bonuses or promotions associated with your account.
- Providing incorrect or incomplete information during the sign-up process or failing to provide all the necessary documentation can lead to the cancellation of the sign-up bonus. Uber requires accurate and complete information to verify driver eligibility and ensure compliance with their requirements.
- If you attempted to sign up after the promotion period ended, Uber may have cancelled the bonus as it was no longer valid. Many drivers forget if the eligibility period includes the time it takes for a driver-partner to complete onboarding and become activated. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months.
- Occasionally, technical or administrative issues can occur that result in the cancellation of sign-up bonuses. These issues may include system glitches, errors in processing, or unforeseen circumstances that prevent Uber from fulfilling the promotion as intended.
Suppose your sign-up bonus promotion was cancelled, and you believe it was done in error. In that case, it’s recommended to reach out to driver support or customer service for clarification via phone call or email. They can provide specific information about why the promotion was cancelled and assist you further in addressing any concerns or resolving the issue, if possible.