Uber Eats trialling new variable delivery fees

Hungry Kiwis could get extra dumplings and donuts for their dollar as Uber Eats trials a variable delivery fee.

It's currently being rolled out in Brisbane this week - and if successful could make its way across the ditch to New Zealand.

Currently, Uber offers a flat booking fee of AU$5, or AU$6.95 in some areas. This will be changed to AU$3.95 for the closest restaurants, AU$4.95 for mid-range ones and AU$6.45 for those farthest away.

"Delivery fees will always be highlighted in the app upfront, before you select a restaurant, so there are never surprises at checkout," Uber says.

"This means there are still no hidden fees and no minimum orders with the Uber Eats experience."

Uber hopes the changes will make food more affordable, while still allowing people to order from further away restaurants.

And there's hope that New Zealand could be next on the list.

"These new delivery fees are being progressively rolled out and trialled for an initial 12-week trial period in Brisbane," a spokesperson told Newshub.

"We will then assess feedback from restaurant-partners and eaters before determining whether similar changes to delivery fees should be rolled out to other cities in Australia and New Zealand."