On 17 December 2015, New South Wales beame the second jurisdiction in Australia to legalise Uber, after the ACT. In the new year, a Bill will be tabled in Parliament to implement a $250 million industry assistance package for licence owners that will be funded by a levy on industry equivalent to $1 per trip. It will also establish a new, modernised safety regime and a new regulator to hold companies directly accountable for the safety of the services provided under their brand.

In a statement, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said NSW needed to update its "out-dated" transport regulations.

So what does this mean for you?

  • It will give you more choice. It will encourage booked services and taxi services to compete for customers on a level playing field
  • Safety will be boosted, with a new regulator and Commissioner to oversee the industry
  • Shorter waiting times and more innovative services. 

Under the new model, taxis will continue to have exclusive access to rank and hail jobs, but customers will have the choice to book taxis, hire cars or ride-sharing services on their smart phone, along with many other services yet to come to Australia.

“These reforms are expected to blow the doors of innovation wide open for ‘booked’ services, where customers can track their driver, provide direct feedback, hold them more accountable and choose from accessible price points,” Mr Constance said.

NSW Government point to point transport customer benefits fact sheet