With the COVID-19 pandemic generally well-handled across all Australian states and territories, some are now offering people vouchers to help put money back into the economy.
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State Dining Out and Travel Vouchers
Most vouchers and incentives tend to focus on our most decimated industries, tourism, and hospitality. There’s a few states offering vouchers for dining out, as well as for travel items such as accommodation and experiences.
Here are the details:
Queensland - Discover Queensland voucher
Discover Queensland is giving eligible participants a $50 voucher to explore the state.From the Whitsundays, to Noosa, to the Gold Coast, the $50 is for any type of booking made through the DQ website.
The main stipulation is that your minimum booking value must be $500 minimum. The gift voucher is valid for bookings made on or before 31 March 2021.
More details can be found here.
New South Wales - Dine and Discover voucher
Called ‘Dine and Discover NSW', this scheme is a pack of four vouchers - two to spend on hospitality, and two for ‘cultural experiences’.
Each eligible person can receive four $25 vouchers but they are unable to be combined. They are also single-use only, meaning you’ll want to be using the full $25 to get the best value.
Another restriction is that they can only be used Monday through Thursday, excluding public holidays. So, if you were planning for a restaurant date on a Friday night, bad luck
This scheme is open to any NSW resident aged 18 and over, with further details available here.
Victoria - Regional Travel Voucher Scheme
Victoria is encouraging residents to head regional with the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme. It covers accommodation, sightseeing entry fees (such as museums), and tours in regional Victoria, the Yarra Ranges, and the Mornington Peninsula. So if you wanted to see where Harold Holt went missing and then stay a couple nights in Portsea, you’re in luck.
Each voucher gives you a maximum reimbursement of $200, but you need to spend at least $400 on eligible activities (i.e. a 50% reimbursement). For accommodation you must stay a minimum two nights, and it’s limited to one voucher per household. You also must travel between the eligible periods:
Round One: 12 December 2020 to 22 January 2021
Round Two: 27 January to 1 April
Round Three: 6 April to 31 May
Note the cheeky avoidance of Easter public holidays. Round two spots are limited to 40,000 entrants, with round three commencing 30 March. You can register online here.
Northern Territory - Territory Tourism voucher
Running until 31 January, the Territory Tourism Voucher scheme provides one voucher to each eligible person, worth up to $200. It’s a dollar-for-dollar investment, meaning you’ll need to spend the same amount as the voucher. There’s also an optional bonus claim system, that reimburses you up to $200 if you book something more than 400km from your permanent residence.
All NT residents aged over 18 are eligible to participate, but numbers are limited. You can find out more here.
What about other states and territories?
Other states previously offered their own various travel voucher schemes towards the tail end of 2020:
South Australia's ‘Great State' vouchers
Tasmania's ‘Buy Something Tasmanian’ scheme
Western Australia's ‘Wander Voucher’ program, and
ACT's ‘ChooseCBR’ discount scheme
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Many of us are simply itching for a holiday. Unfortunately, international borders remain closed for now, but luckily there’s a lot to offer in our own backyard, with different states and territories offering incentives to get out and explore.
The most open voucher scheme seems to be in Queensland, offering vouchers for anyone willing to go there - if you can get across the infamously hot-and-cold border. Others are restricted to residents only. Further, there’s no free lunch with these schemes as you usually need to make a booking at least double what the voucher is worth. But, it’s for a good cause, so if you’re looking for a holiday, it’s worth considering these schemes.