Along with Uber, Didi Chuxing is one of the other big players in the ride-sharing industry. Based in China, it’s slowly, but surely catching up to the big players on the market. If you’re wondering how to become a Didi driver in Australia and why, we have the answers.
In Australia, Didi operates in 28 cities within New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Western Australia, and South Australia.
Didi requirements in Australia
Below are the general requirements to become a Didi driver, valid for all states.
Didi driver requirements
- Have a smartphone, mobile number, and email address
- Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or have the right to work in Australia
- Have a valid Australian driver licence for at least 12 months in NSW, QLD, WA, and SA and 6 months in VIC
- Have an ABN and be GST-registered
- Be listed as the insured driver on the insurance or, in case you drive a subscription car, be nominated by the car subscription provider as the insured driver.
Additional state-specific driver requirements:
- No record of serious criminal or traffic offences
- Booked Hire (BHTX) driver authorisation
- Mandatory driver training
- Passenger Transport Driver Authorisation (PTD-A)
- Driver Accreditation
- Valid Operator Accreditation
Didi car requirements
First of all, your car must be in great condition, free of any damage or decals. It must also meet the following conditions:
- Recent models only ( max10 years in NSW, VIC, QLD and 8 years in SA) – no former taxis allowed
- Minimum 4 doors
- Seat 4-7 passengers
- Third-party cover or comprehensive insurance
Additional state-specific car requirements:
- Pink slip vehicle inspection from the last 12 months (not applicable if the car is new and registered in the last 12 months)
- NSW registration
- NSW CTP insurance
- Redbook rideshare vehicle inspection from the past 12 months
- VIC Commercial Passenger Vehicle registration
- Roadworthy certificate inspection from the past 12 months (not applicable if the car is new and registered in the last 12 months)
- Booked Hire Service Licence (BHSL)
- WA registration
- 3F Motor injury Insurance (MII)
- Passenger Transport Vehicle Authorisation (PTV-A)
- Upgraded CTP insurance (class: 48, 98, 7, 58)
How to sign up to Didi – a 3-step guide to start earning
Signing up to Didi is a fairly simple process and it takes place entirely in the Didi Driver app. That’s where Didi validates your account, which you’ll also be using daily as a Didi driver to complete rides.
Download the Didi Driver app for iOS
Download the Didi driver app for Android
1. Create an account in the Didi Driver app
First, you need to create an account for yourself, by adding your phone number and agreeing to the terms and conditions.
2. Upload required documents
The next step in becoming a Didi driver is to upload the required documents. First of all:
- A profile picture
- Proof of ID – passport, Immi card, Australian or NZ birth certificate or citizenship certificate
Depending on the state you’ll be driving in, here are other documents that you need to upload:
- NSW driver’s licence – held for at least 12 months in the last 2 years. You will also need to have a T condition on your licence, also known as Passenger Transport Licence Condition (PTLC).
Apply for a PTLC
- Driving history – a full report of offences and dates, issued by Service NSW for the past 6 months
Request a driving record online
- Car registration – your car must be registered in NSW
- Car inspection – It can be an e-Safety (pink slip) inspection report issued by an Authorised Inspection Station or Redbook Inspection Report for ridesharing purposes.
Find an inspection station in NSW
- National police check – issued by an ACIC accredited provider within the previous 3 months
Get your National Police check
Book a car inspection
- Car insurance – third party damage or comprehensive insurance. You must be listed as the insured driver.
- QLD driver’s licence (Australian or overseas) – held continuously for at least 12 months
- Driver Authority (DA) – BHTX Driver Authority
To apply for one, you must pass a medical examination, a criminal history check, and a driving history check.
Apply for a Driver Authority
- Booked Hire Service Licence (BHSL)
To apply for a BHSL, your car must be registered in Queensland with the appropriate purpose of use (POU) and have a certificate of inspection.
Apply for a BHSL
- Certificate of inspection – your car must be inspected every 12 months and you need to submit a current Certificate of Inspection issued by an Approved Inspection Station (AIS) or a TMR Inspection site.
- Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance – class 26 or 4
- Car insurance – third party or comprehensive. You have to be the insured driver.
- Mandatory driver training – since the 1st of August 2019, you’re required to complete online training in anti-discrimination and disability awareness.
- E-tag – provided by Linkt, RTA, RMS, or Eway Interlink.
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This is issued for a maximum of three years. In order to become an accredited driver, you need to have:
- Full SA driver’s licence for over 6 months
- Valid Working with Children Check issued by the South Australian Department of Human Services
- National Criminal History Check issued by SA Police or an Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) accredited body
- Physical fitness, medical and eyesight, evaluation issued by a medical practitioner, in compliance with the National Assessing Fitness to Drive guidelines for commercial vehicle drivers
- Right to work in Australia
- Suitable English – speaking, reading, and writing proficiency
The Driver Accreditation also comes with certain obligations and responsibilities, which include having zero alcohol and drug levels at all times, not discriminating against passengers, and always accepting a passenger with an assistance dog.
- Car insurance – third party or comprehensive
- CTP upgrade – insurance class 48, 98. 7, and 58
- Car inspection – you need to submit this each year. Didi provides two locations in Adelaide where you can perform a car inspection.
3. Check confirmation SMS and email
Once your registration has been approved, you’ll receive SMS and email confirmations that you’re ready to start earning.
It usually takes around 3 business days for Didi to review your application.
You’ll also receive 2 Didi stickers that you need to place on your car, in order for passengers to know that you offer ridesharing services.
Why should I become a Didi driver?
As a global platform, Didi is constantly making efforts to improve their services, for both passengers and drivers. Here are a few reasons to become a Didi driver:
- Low service fees and additional bonuses — this means more money in your pocket with each ride
- Generous referral schemes and promos for riders – you’ll earn more per referral when there’s an active campaign
- Destination preview feature – you’ll know the destination before accepting the ride
- Unmatch feature – you can block passengers from future requests
- Exclusive discounts and benefits – car maintenance, tyres, car insurance, and fuel deals
- Didi Advance – a reward program that allows you to gain special benefits, e.g. up to 20% lower service fee.
- In-app Service Centre
- In-app messaging
- Safety training
- 24/7 customer support
How much can I make as a Didi driver in Australia?
There is no exact number to how much Didi drivers make. However, according to some rideshare driver groups, Didi is paying drivers for base trips on average $0.20+ (cca. 15%) more per km than Uber. This difference also comes from the 5% commission that Didi applies, compared to Uber’s 20-25%.
However, compared to other rideshare apps, it’s worth considering that Didi is not as widespread across the country and that it doesn’t offer surge pricing for drivers either. Uber’s surge pricing can earn you up to 1.3 more, and they also have more riders across Australia.
How can Splend help me become a Didi driver in Australia?
We provide you with a safe and reliable new-model car for rideshare or food delivery. You get the full service from day 1, which means that besides the car, we provide a bunch of other things included:
- A ridesharing-approved car, ready to drive with Didi
- Dedicated driver support
- CTP insurance
- Loss & damage cover
- Scheduled maintenance
- 24/7 roadside assistance
- Member referral program
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