Dine and Discover program extends through school holidays – as millions of people found to have yet to claim the $100 free voucher
- NSW Dine & Discover $100 voucher scheme extended to end of July
- Four $25 food and entertainment vouchers were set to expire on June 30th
- Incentive scheme extended by a month due to school holidays
The Dine & Discover program is expanding for NSW residents as millions of the $100 vouchers have yet to be claimed.
The four vouchers — two $25 dinner vouchers and two $25 discovery or entertainment vouchers — were originally set to expire on June 30.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet confirmed residents have another month to use their vouchers, extending the scheme until the end of July.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has confirmed residents have one more month to use their vouchers, extending the scheme until the end of July
NSW residents previously had until the end of June to use their four $25 vouchers which now expire at the end of July, coinciding with school holidays
“We are extending them for another month due to the school holidays,” he told 7NEWS.
Nearly 17 million people have downloaded the vouchers, but only 7.4 million people have used them to enjoy discounts at restaurants, movies or cinemas.
Residents of Newcastle, Canterbury-Bankstown, Wollongong, the Inner West and Lake Macquarie are the least likely to download Dine & Discover vouchers.
Mr Perrottet warned that the July extension would be the resident’s last chance to make money.
Shadow Secretary of the Treasury and Small Business Daniel Mookhey blames the slow download speed on a lack of knowledge.
“Not enough people know about this program, not enough small businesses know how to register for this program,” he said.
Holey Moley is just one of the locations where NSW residents can redeem their Dine & Discover vouchers, including participating museums, theaters and concerts
NSW residents can access the free vouchers via the Service NSW app. Pictured are diners enjoying a drink at a Sydney bar
The $100 was issued as four separate vouchers – two $25 dinner vouchers and two $25 discovery or entertainment vouchers that can be handed over at movie theaters, museums, or activity venues such as mini golf or bowling.
Vouchers for one person cannot be combined for one bill, but if more than one person is present, another person’s voucher can be used for the bill.
The vouchers can be used at participating businesses across NSW that are registered as COVIDSafe, but cannot be transferred to another person.
New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has described the initiative as a win-win situation for all.
“For too long because of Covid we haven’t been able to support these companies, so it’s a win for citizens and a win for companies as it improves their ability to host people again as we move through Covid,” she said last Friday.
“It also allows us to open up the economy because the more dollars that go into the economy will allow us to grow in the future to create and protect jobs because so many people have been displaced because of Covid .’
In April, it was reported that while 2.6 million residents had downloaded their vouchers from the Service NSW app, less than 10 percent had been used (Pictures are dinners in Sydney)
Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said the vouchers led to a $330 million boost to the economy.
For every $25 coupon, residents spend an additional $41 on average.
“There’s an extra $17 spent — and that’s a great economic boost,” Dominello said.
A non-digital alternative is available for customers who do not have a smartphone or compatible device.
The scheme has been rolled out to support the hospitality industry that has been hit hard during Covid lockdowns and also struggles with the ban on foreign tourists.
WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DINE AND DISCOVER VOUCHERS
Cafes and restaurants
Pubs, taverns, wineries, bars and clubs
Scenery & Sightseeing Transport
Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites
Zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife parks and nature reserves
Live music operations, performing arts operations, theaters and entertainment centers en
Amusement, Theme & Water Parks
Recreational activities such as karting, indoor climbing, mini golf, billiards, bowling or ice rinks
Travel agencies and tours.
Pictured: A woman enjoying a meal at participating restaurant Pancakes on the Rocks