Is Uber legal in Australia?

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    The following information was updated in December 2016

    This is a question that many people still ask today. The short answer is yes, Uber is legal in almost every Australian state and territory.

    The confusion about the legalisation of Uber stems from the fact that each state has handled rideshare regulation very differently. Check out our updates on Uber’s legal status in each state.

     

    Australian Capital Territory

    ACT was the first Australian state to legalise Uber in October 2015. The rideshare regulations in the ACT include background checks, car inspections, and insurance requirements.

    Uber drivers must pay a $65 application fee and a $100 annual fee to operate in the ACT.

    Related: How do I become an Uber driver in Canberra

    New South Wales

    NSW was the second Australian state to legalise ridesharing on the 17th of December 2015. Uber drivers were initially restricted from Sydney Airport, but recent changes mean that they can now pick up passengers from a designated pick up zone.

    NSW law requires Uber drivers to have criminal and car safety checks.

    Related: How do I become an Uber driver in Sydney

    Western Australia

    Western Australia became the third Australian state to legalise Uber, just one day after NSW. A new licence category was created for Rideshare services.

    Related: How do I become an Uber driver in Perth

    Victoria

    Following a deal that allowed the Andrews government’s lawmakers to deregulate the taxi/rideshare industry, Uber was legalised in Victoria in August 2017.

    Related: How do I become an Uber driver in Melbourne

    Queensland

    Ridesharing was legalised in QLD in September 2016, allowing Uber to grow its market share further by expanding into the Sunshine State.

    Related: How do I become an Uber driver in Brisbane

    South Australia

    In April 2017, the South Australian government and Uber reached an agreement, making the rideshare provider fully accredited in Adelaide.

    Related: How do I become an Uber driver in Adelaide

    Tasmania

    On Tuesday the 8th of November 2016, rideshare was legalised as the government exempted drivers from needing a special licence to carry paying passengers.

    Uber officially launched in Hobart on Friday 2 December, with 70 driver-partners on board.

    Northern Territory

    Uber is not yet operating in the Northern Territory (NT), making Darwin the only Australian capital city that misses out on Uber.

    Uber and the NT government are in discussions about launching the rideshare service, which is only likely to occur after conducting a review of the hire car industry in the state.

    Early indications are that Uber launch in the Northern Territory in 2017.

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    Balazs Szekely

    Maker by nature, writer by profession, and a petrolhead at heart, Balazs is our very own content creator who brings Splend’s voice to life. He’s been a wordsmith his entire career, having seen it all from the print media to radio through online publishing and marketing copywriting. He’s fascinated by things he has yet to fully understand such as photography, ice hockey, and the bizarre art of aquascaping. In his free time you may find him mixing up cocktails for his friends or away from home on a city break. Drop him a line at balazs.szekely@splend.com

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