Up to 60,000 Victorians will be eligible for a $10 cash boost when they register their myki travel cards, in a bid to support contact tracing across the southern state.
Public Transport Victoria announced the scheme on Monday, with the offer to run from 3am today to 3am Sunday 8 August, or until 60,000 myki cards have been registered.
The $10 credit will be applied automatically by 19 September and is available to existing myki account holders and new customers.
To be eligible, travellers need to register their myki during the offer period, still have their myki active as of 8 August, and have used their myki within four weeks after 8 August.
Victoria steps up contact tracing efforts
The calls to register come as Victoria records zero new locally acquired cases of COVID-19. However, it is hoped that increasing myki registrations will assist in tracing future cases and alerting potential contacts.
The system has been under scrutiny since May, when a man who caught the illness in South Australian hotel quarantine travelled on a Melbourne train while infectious, triggering an outbreak that led to a two-week lockdown.
At the time, contact tracers were unable to find all the passengers who had travelled with the man on the Craigieburn train. The government has since also rolled out QR codes across Melbourne train and tram stations.
"We're absolutely pedalling really hard now to get those QR codes rolled out. They're already at 440 priority locations across the state,” Victoria's Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Jacinta Allan, told the .
“We're rolling them out across tram stops, trains, trams and buses.”
"There's tens of thousands of individual rolling stock that they need to be applied to. It's an important priority."
Victoria on Sunday shut its border to NSW and Canberra as NSW battles to contain surging COVID-19 cases.