The NSW Government is urging residents to spend millions of unused vouchers that have been distributed during the pandemic.
NSW residents have been reminded they have two weeks to spend over $326 million in unspent Dine & Discover NSW vouchers before they expire.
Nearly 20 million vouchers have already been used by NSW residents, of which more than 13 million remain unused.
The scheme was introduced by the NSW Government during the pandemic to encourage residents to support businesses that have been hit hard by severe lockdowns and border closures.
Eligible residents received $25 vouchers to eat and visit places across the state, including restaurants, tours, film festivals, galleries and movie theaters.
State Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello urged residents to take advantage of their remaining vouchers before the end of the fiscal year.
“With the second batch of Dine and Discover vouchers expiring June 30, we encourage people to use any remaining vouchers they have this weekend or before Saturday next week,” Minister Dominello said.
He also thanked NSW residents and businesses for their participation in the scheme.
“It has been an extremely successful program that has helped tourism, entertainment and hospitality businesses recover from the pandemic,” said Minister Dominello.
The Guardian reports that more than $75 million in vouchers issued under the scheme have gone unused. Almost 300,000 of the 1,800,000 vouchers issued to the NSW public have been used so far.
How do I claim Dine & Discover NSW vouchers?
If you’re wondering how to locate your Dine & Discover NSW vouchers, they’re in your ServiceNSW app.
To be eligible for the vouchers, you must:
• be a NSW resident;
• Being older than 18 ; and
• provide two pieces of identification such as your NSW driving licence, Medicare card or Australian passport.
How many Dine & Discover NSW vouchers can I get?
Each resident of New South Wales has three $25 vouchers for dining out and three specifically for entertainment and recreation.
When and where can I use my Dine & Discover NSW vouchers?
Vouchers can be used at participating NSW businesses seven days a week, including public holidays. To find out which companies are participating in the program, click here.
Can you give me any ideas on where to use my Dine & Discover NSW vouchers?
Dinner vouchers can be used at a variety of restaurants across the state, including Bennelong, Sydney Tower, Opera Bar, Cafe Sydney and Barangaroo House.
But if fine dining isn’t your scene, you can also use your vouchers at cafes, bars, wineries, pubs or clubs or for takeaway.
Discovery vouchers can be used for a range of activities including bowling, ice rinks, mini golf, live music and arts venues.
Taronga Zoo, Taste Tours, Red Balloon, Dendy, Hoyts, Event Cinemas, Bridgeclimb Sydney and Theater Royal are just a few examples of participating businesses.
What can Dine & Discover NSW vouchers not be used for?
Vouchers cannot be used for alcohol, tobacco, gambling or online orders (Dine NSW vouchers only).
Do I have until June 30 to also use my $50 Stay NSW voucher?
No. Residents aged 18 and over can use their $50 Stay NSW voucher to cover the cost of accommodation bookings at participating businesses until October 9.
Stay NSW vouchers were introduced by the NSW Government to support accommodation providers in the state who have been affected by the pandemic.