Everyone in Victoria to get FREE cash voucher – warning it will have ‘run on dumplings’

Every person in one Australian state is made eligible for a FREE $125 cash voucher

  • Dining and entertainment vouchers proved hugely popular during the pandemic 
  • They’re back for another go round, but this time only one state is providing them 
  • It may, or may not, be a coincidence that that state has an election coming soon 

The dining and entertainment vouchers that proved hugely popular during the pandemic in both NSW and Victoria, are back for another economy boosting round.

But this time, only one state is offering them – Victoria – months before the governing Labor party faces a tough election in two months’ time.  

The big free money giveaway is worth up to $125 per person and is available from Monday, September 19 until either December 16, or before that, if the $25million set aside for it has already been used. 

Though Victoria’s Dining and Entertainment vouchers can be used in many different ways, state Premier Daniel Andrews said one choice was particularly popular. 

‘If the claims from the last round of vouchers are anything to go by, we’re about to have a run on dumplings,’ he said of the scheme, which is valid any day of the week. 

People are seen out at a busy restaurant in Melbourne. Victoria has just brought in a new dining and entertainment voucher scheme

People are seen out at a busy restaurant in Melbourne. Victoria has just brought in a new dining and entertainment voucher scheme

That will be good news for Chinese outlets, but the vouchers can also be used to claim 25 per cent off the total cost, when spending $40 or more on food in other participating restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs. 

Food courts, fast food and take away outlets, juice bars, kiosks, food trucks and canteens are also eligible to take part. 

The vouchers can also be used to claim 25 per cent off the total cost of your entertainment options when spending $40 or more.

This means, for example, that if you spend $80 on entertainment, or dining, you can get $20 cash back. 

You can make multiple claims for dining and entertainment until you reach a total of $125 cash back. 

The entertainment outlets accepting the vouchers include cinemas, theatre, exhibitions, museums, zoos, amusement parks and many more. 

Industry Recovery and Support Minister Ben Carroll said the scheme will help stimulate Victoria’s post-Covid economic recovery.

‘Whether it’s booking a table for lunch or heading to a live music event, this cash-back program puts money back into people’s pockets and supports hardworking businesses across Victoria,’ Mr Carroll said.

Daniel Andrews (pictured) said a new round of free dining vouchers in Victoria could lead to 'a run on dumplings'

Daniel Andrews (pictured) said a new round of free dining vouchers in Victoria could lead to ‘a run on dumplings’ 

‘This program also helps build business and consumer confidence, while supporting jobs and boosting the state’s economy.’

When the rebate scheme was first introduced in Victoria last March, $32million was used in just three months.

Despite what Mr Andrews said about dumplings, the biggest number of claims came from movie tickets and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play.

Major Events Minister Steve Dimopolous is hoping that success will be repeated with the second batch of vouchers. 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a new round of dining and entertainment vouchers by Twitter (pictured)

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a new round of dining and entertainment vouchers by Twitter (pictured)

‘With a blockbuster summer of major events upon us, we’re providing Victorians even more reasons to get out and enjoy everything the state has to offer – while saving money and supporting local businesses,’ he said.

Mr Andrews tweeted the advice that Victorians should ‘Get your mates together and book it in. 25% is on us.’ 

For details on how to get your vouchers, click here

With its own state election coming up in March, the NSW government will be keeping a keen eye on how this latest round of handouts in Victoria work out.  

Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program – what it covers and how to get your vouchers

  • Claim 25 per cent cash back when you spend $40 or more
  • Make your purchase anywhere in Victoria, any day of the week
  • You can make multiple claims until you reach a combined total of $125 cash back
  • Claiming is easy – all you need is a receipt and your bank account details
  • The Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program will run until the $25 million fund is exhausted or 11.59pm Friday, December 16, 2022
  • It can used in participating restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs 
  • Food courts, fast food and take away outlets, juice bars, kiosks, food trucks and canteens are also taking part 
  • The entertainment outlets accepting the vouchers include cinemas, theatre, exhibitions, museums, zoos, amusement parks and many more 

For more details, go to www.vic.gov.au/victorian-dining-and-entertainment-program 

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