Time is ticking for NSW residents to spend their $100 in Dine and Discover vouchers, with the scheme set to expire in June.
The Dine and Discover scheme, which has operated for a few months, is designed to revive the state’s hospitality, arts, entertainment and tourism industries.
It offers four $25 vouchers to every NSW resident aged 18 or over. The vouchers include $25 Dine vouchers, which can be spent at restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries, pubs and clubs. The other two are $25 Discover vouchers, to be redeemed on cultural experiences like entertainment and recreation, live music, sporting events, museums, galleries and arts venues.
Opera Kitchen is one of the venues where NSW residents can redeem Dine vouchers on a harbourside meal. Picture: Jenifer JagielskiSource:News Corp Australia
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A full list of participating NSW businesses can be found here.
The vouchers can be used seven days a week but they will expire on June 30, 2021, so don’t forget to use them up by then.
If you don’t have the vouchers yet, you can apply on the Service NSW website here.
You’ll need two proof of identity cards to register.
The vouchers will appear on the Service NSW app, which is what you use to redeem them when you go to pay.
Dine and Discover is among a number of voucher schemes offered by state governments to revive industries doing it tough due to COVID-19.
Discover vouchers can be spent on tourism experiences across the state, including at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains. Picture: Destination NSWSource:Supplied
Here are some of the other schemes currently on offer in Australia.
South Australia’s Great State Vouchers
There will be a fourth round of South Australia’s travel voucher scheme launching in late May, following the success of the previous three rounds (round three applications have closed).
The vouchers, which are to be used to boost tourism through winter, will give $50 off participating accommodation providers in regional South Australia and suburban Adelaide, and $100 off hotels in the Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide.
More than 100,000 people registered and 50,000 people were successful in the third round of vouchers for tours and experiences, which were made available via an electronic randomised ballot. Those lucky voucher holders can see a list of participating experiences here.
How do I apply for the fourth round? Keep an eye on the southaustralia.com/voucher website — the fourth round launches in late May.
Victoria’s Regional Travel Voucher Scheme
Allocations for the first three rounds of Victoria’s Travel Voucher Scheme have already been exhausted – and with great speed. A fourth round is coming, but we don’t know when yet.
The scheme involves $200 vouchers to be spent on accommodation, attractions and tours in regional Victoria, the Yarra and Dandenong Ranges or the Mornington Peninsula. More than 150,000 vouchers were snapped up during the first three rounds, and a separate travel voucher scheme was also launched for metropolitan Melbourne. (Allocations are already exhausted for that, too.)
The Victorian Government has confirmed a fourth round, featuring vouchers taken up in the initial rounds but not used. More details are to be announced.
How do I apply for the fourth round? It hasn’t been updated with fourth round details yet, but information on the scheme is on the vic.gov.au website.
Queensland’s Holiday Dollars
The Queensland Government has launched multiple rounds of its holiday dollars campaign to boost the embattled tourism sector.
The catch is, not everyone gets them – you have to apply to win.
So far, tens of thousands of vouchers have been released to spend in the Cairns and Brisbane regions, and allocations have been exhausted for vouchers for the Whitsundays.
The Queensland Government has flagged plans to extend the campaign into the Gold Coast, another tourism-dependent region hit hard by pandemic restrictions, with more information to be announced soon.
How do I apply? Visit queensland.com to see all the rounds of Holiday Dollars.
Similar voucher offers in Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the ACT have already wrapped up or applications are now closed.
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