The NSW Government’s Dine & Discover initiative will be extended by a month to give people more time to use all of their vouchers eating out or trying a new activity this winter, including in the upcoming school holidays.
The latest data shows more than 4.23 million people in NSW have downloaded the vouchers since they were launched in March spending a combined total of more than $357 million with registered businesses when adding in the additional spend on top of the voucher amount.
Local Nationals Member of the Legislative Council Ben Franklin said the stimulus had proved popular and played a valuable role supporting local businesses as well as reviving consumer confidence.
“This program is win-win for communities – it’s provides individuals and families with hip pocket relief and helps local businesses with much needed stimulus,” Mr Franklin said.
“People of all ages and walks of life are giving them a go and we don’t want anyone to miss out. This extension will ensure everyone has a chance to use all four of their vouchers, which I’m sure will be particularly handy in the school holidays.
“There are hundreds of participating businesses across the Northern Rivers including cinemas, theatres, bowling, cafés and restaurants – plenty for the whole family to enjoy.”
Dining out has been particularly popular, with patrons across the State spending on average $41 for every $25 voucher used.
Mr Franklin said the enthusiastic take up of the vouchers showed digital initiatives were the way of the future.
“It’s not too late for businesses to register and customers are encouraged to sign up and spend their vouchers before they expire on July 31, 2021,” Mr Franklin said.
“We’re giving people more time to take full advantage of these vouchers, so make sure you sign up and use them before you lose them.”
Who can access the vouchers?
Every adult in NSW is eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total, to spend across the 14,000 participating businesses.
The vouchers are FREE and are not means tested.
How do you access the vouchers?
- Through your Service NSW app
- Online at service.nsw.gov.au
- In person at your local Service NSW centre
- Over the phone with Service NSW on 13 77 88
When will the vouchers expire?
The vouchers had been due to expire on June 30, but have now been extended to Saturday 31 July 2021.
How can you find businesses accepting the vouchers?
People can search businesses by name or postcode online at https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/find-dine-discover-nsw-business
Many businesses are accepting the vouchers across the state, so make sure you ask when you visit.
The vouchers can only be used at eligible businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe.
Dine & Discover facts:
This is a snap shot of how people are using their vouchers so far:
- Food and beverage services – more than 5 million redemptions
- Movie theatres – more than 1.2 million redemptions
- Heritage activities such as museums and art galleries – almost 370,000 redemptions.