As the market leader in the Australian food delivery industry, Uber certainly has the most delivery drivers compared to similar platforms. Since the presence of the service in 2016 Uber Eats has provided thousands of work opportunities across the nation. Accenture firm reported that in 2020 Uber Eats had around 59,000 delivery drivers, an eightfold increase from 2016.

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However, it seems that Uber still needs additional delivery drivers on the road, as we can see that they are still opening registrations for new drivers. Even now Uber is offering a sign up bonus for new drivers in select cities who register in August 2021. The requirements are quite simple, drivers only need to complete 30 deliveries before the due date.

There are several reasons why Uber is still recruiting drivers, the very first is the significant increase of delivery requests during the pandemic where Australians are spending 210% more on food delivery as dining at restaurants no longer become an option. The second is the very strict competition in this industry with the emergence of new players such as Doordash that can lure existing drivers to deliver with more than one platform.

The last is the status of the delivery driver as an independent contractor where they can determine for themselves when they want to work. So Uber recruits as many new drivers as possible to avoid a shortage of on-the-road drivers that can happen at any time.

The lack of delivery drivers greatly impacts the sustainability of on-demand food delivery services such as Uber Eats. No drivers mean that no one picks up customer order at the restaurant and also deliver it on time. This will certainly affect the consumer’s experience when using this service.

What is Uber Eats sign up bonus?

This is a form of promotion from Uber to their new delivery drivers who have signed up and successfully activated to become Uber Eats drivers in Australia and New Zealand. This promotion is designed to attract more delivery partners to do business with their platform.

Every new driver has the opportunity to get a bonus without the need to enter an invite code or register through a specified link. This is because the sign up bonus is different from the driver referral reward program where the new driver must enter an invite code from another driver.

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To be eligible for this sign up bonus, of course, the driver registration process must comply with the promotion’s terms and conditions such as the registration timeline, qualified cities and minimum trip/delivery. We will explain this in another section.

Who is eligible for a sign up bonus?

All newly registered delivery drivers in AU and NZ are eligible for this promotion. They only need to register on their official website or driver app, complete all the requirements and get activated. But they have to make sure if they sign up during the promotion period and choose one of the eligible cities as their place to work in the future.

For now, the Uber Eats sign up bonus is only valid for drivers who have registered between 1 August 2021 – 30 September 2021. In addition, drivers must also be able to confirm that their account is active to meet the target of completing 30 deliveries before 14 October 2021.

This sign up bonus is only valid in several cities around both countries. Australian based drivers in the following cities are eligible for promotion: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Cairns, Canberra, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Newcastle, Darwin, Townsville, Wollongong, Ballarat, Byron Bay, Geelong, Toowoomba, Wagga Wagga and Mornington Peninsula.

New Zealand based drivers apply in the following cities: Queenstown, Dunedin, Wellington, New Plymouth, Napier-Hastings and Palmerston North. Most of these cities are locations where Uber Eats is quite busy, so completing the 30 deliveries target is not that hard, but the number of deliveries does not include cancelled orders.

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The terms and conditions that we mentioned above can change at any time according to Uber’s policy. However, we will endeavour to update any information we provide here.

How much is the bonus?

Eligible delivery drivers will get a $500 sign up bonus which will be processed to the driver’s account in the following week and will be sent together with the weekly payment cycle. Currently, no other on-demand food delivery company dares to provide new drivers with the same incentives that Uber offers.

Qualified for Sign up Bonus

That amount of the sign up bonus is pretty good, the amount is equivalent to the delivery driver’s income in a few days. This promotion is expected to lure some people who are currently looking for a good side hustle and also attracting existing delivery drivers who work with other platforms such as Menulog, Deliveroo or Doordash to deliver with Uber Eats. Drivers don’t need to leave their previous platforms because they can drive with multiple delivery apps.

Easy driver requirements

To be able to become a delivery driver on the Uber Eats platform is the same as other similar companies. You only need to upload a copy of a few personal documents, quite simple, especially if you are already registered as a driver with other apps in Australia. The following are the required documents:

  1. Proof of ID, it can be a passport or Australian birth certificate.
  2. Pass a background check by NCC, additional VEVO checks are required for temporary residents or temporary visa holders.
  3. Driver license for drivers who want to make use of a motorized vehicle for work. Unlike other platforms like Doordash which allow provisional driver licenses, Uber requires an unrestricted license. Overseas license holders are welcome.
  4. Vehicle registration (rego) and vehicle insurance. These two documents are not required for those who work with a bicycle, this includes an electric bike.
  5. Australian Business Number (ABN)

After completing all the required docs, the driver only needs to wait 3 working days to get activated. But sometimes the process does not run smoothly. Most of the activation delays are due to the background checks process. Find out more about the police check process by NCC in Australia.

Uber currently seems to be struggling right now, fulfilling soaring high delivery requests from its customers due to the lack of drivers in some areas in the busy cities. This is the reason why they are still recruiting and even giving sign up bonuses to new delivery drivers on the Uber Eats platform.

Maybe some people think that too many drivers can reduce the chance for drivers to get orders which will ultimately have an impact on their daily income. However, this assumption is sometimes not always accurate since there is no guarantee that all these drivers can be online at the same time, due to the fact that most workers only use Uber Eats to earn supplemental income.

Moreover, this kind of job has helped many individuals in Australia who have difficulty accessing traditional work, especially temporary residents with visa restrictions, limited skills or experience, and limited English fluency. Becoming a gig driver is one solution to be able to financially support themselves during the pandemic where many people have lost their jobs.