Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the $500 million program follows successful testing and pilots in The Rocks, Broken Hill, Sydney CBD, Northern Beaches and Bega Valley.
“This stimulus will give businesses the boost they need after an incredibly tough 12 months, and will encourage customers to get out and about safely,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“These vouchers will help businesses keep their doors open and grow, while providing customers with much needed hip pocket relief.”
Dine & Discover NSW will be rolled out progressively across NSW, with the first two stages underway.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the program will bring much needed relief to some of the state’s hardest hit industries.
“We want businesses to grow and thrive and for workers to stay in jobs. This stimulus is exactly what NSW needs as our economy goes from strength to strength,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Whether it’s a café, restaurant, cinema or gallery, these industries have done it tough during the pandemic, and these vouchers will encourage more customers to come through the door and spend.”
Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the vouchers are simple and easy to use, with customers able to spend them via the Service NSW app.
“The app is seamless, contactless and safe. We are using digital technology to make life easier for customers and businesses,” Mr Dominello said.
“Throughout the testing and pilot phases, customers spent an average of $39, which is almost double the money going straight back into the community.”
NSW residents will be able to easily apply online to receive their vouchers through the latest version of the Service NSW app and website, and a non-digital solution will be made available to customers who don’t have a smartphone or compatible device.
Every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total, to spend in participating businesses.
Dine & Discover NSW vouchers will be divided into two categories:
- two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs 7 days a week, excluding public holidays
- two $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music, and arts venues, available 7 days a week, excluding public holidays.
Businesses can register to participate in the program at any time and vouchers are valid until 30 June 2021.
The vouchers can only be used at eligible businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe.
Throughout each week, vouchers will become available in more Local Government Areas.
Customers will receive an email letting them know when it’s their turn to apply for their vouchers, or they can use a simple eligibility checker online.
The rollout schedule is available via Service NSW.
Learn more about Dine & Discover NSW.