$100 voucher for NSW residents: How to nab yours
That's $100 in free dining and entertainment for every adult in the state.
As summer creeps upon us, so too do the Christmas gatherings, family reunions and holiday breaks.
To ease the strain on your hip pocket, and to plug some desperately needed money into the hospitality industry, the NSW Government is giving every adult in New South Wales four $25 vouchers to spend on dining and entertainment.
That's a total of $500 million in vouchers across the state's 6 million residents.
Dubbed the "Dine & Discover NSW" scheme, this incentive will be delivered as two $25 dining vouchers and two $25 entertainment vouchers. Unfortunately, they can't be bundled together, so you'll have to organise four different occasions to use them.
To sign up for the scheme you must have a MyServiceNSW account. Details on when to apply for the vouchers are still to come, though it's likely to be from late January 2021.
Here's what else we know:
You can use them across the entire state
The vouchers will be available at venues throughout New South Wales, but you can't go into any old place to use them. Only eligible businesses that register to be part of the program will accept the vouchers. As part of their eligibility criteria, these venues must have a COVIDSafe plan.
You can use them at a variety of dining and entertainment venues
While specific venues haven't been confirmed, the dining voucher will cover a variety of cafes and restaurants while the entertainment voucher will cover amusement parks, cultural institutions, cinemas and performing arts.
On the exclusions list are retail stores, and products such as alcohol, gambling and cigarettes.
The vouchers are only available for adults
Family of four? You can receive a maximum of $200 in vouchers.
This doesn't mean your kiddies can't make the most of them though as vouchers are valid toward your entire bill. So if you purchase a meal for you and your child you can take $25 off the total.
You don't have to spend the entire $25, but you will forfeit what you don't use
While other tourism incentive schemes, such as those in Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia, have required residents to spend the voucher amount as a minimum, the beauty of this scheme is that it does not.
What's the catch? Whatever you don't spend you'll forfeit.
In other words, if you use your voucher toward a $20 dinner your meal will be free, but you will lose that extra $5.
They're only available to use on select days
To encourage people to dine or explore on quieter days, these vouchers aren't valid for use on peak dates.
Specifically, the dining vuochers are only valid Monday to Thursday, excluding public holidays. The entertainment vouchers have a little more flexibility and can be used any day of the week, excluding public holidays.
The program officially kicks off in 2021
In December, the government plans to run a trial of the scheme across the Sydney CBD.
Once all the kinks have been ironed out, the program will expand to include all of New South Wales. This is proposed to start in early 2021.
How can I make the most of this scheme?
The easiest way is to hone in on dining packages or entertainment venues that cost around $25 per head. Subject to the list of eligible businesses, this could include:
- Australian National Maritime Museum tickets: $25 per person
- Self-guided wine tasting at Urban Winery Sydney: $25 per person
- TreeTop NetWorld admission: $22 per person
- Sydney Tower Eye entry: $31 per person
- Event Cinemas tickets: $16.95 per person
- 9D Action Cinemas tickets: $9 per person
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This article was originally published on 17 November 2020 and updated on 10 December 2020.