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$200 voucher scheme rolls out

Lucy Dean
·2-min read
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What would you use the vouchers for? Image: Getty.

Update: The second tranche of $200 travel vouchers were rolled out in Victoria this morning, but were snapped up within six minutes. 

The vouchers went on offer from 10am Friday, with 40,000 vouchers up for grabs.

This round of vouchers also includes coupons for activities and travel in metropolitan Melbourne, after the capital city struggled through three strict lockdowns.

The addition to the voucher scheme is expected to cost $10 million. Combined, the state government will have issued some 200,000 travel vouchers in total, with the majority dedicated to getting Melburnians into the regions.

Who was eligible for the vouchers?

Victorian adult residents could apply for the scheme, however there was a limit of one voucher per household.

To redeem the money, you need to spend at least $400 on accommodation or entertainment in order to redeem the $200 vouchers.

You can also put paid tours and entry fees to attractions towards the total $400 spend.

However, the vouchers don’t cover:

  • gaming

  • alcohol (except if alcohol is included in a tour at locations such as a winery, brewery or distillery; excludes any alcohol purchased and consumed outside of the experience)

  • fuel

  • food and drinks, except where packaged with an eligible expense such as a winery tour

  • groceries

  • personal items such as clothing and accessories

  • transport costs (rental vehicles, train and bus tickets).

Travellers need to spend it on trips between 6 April and 31 May.

You can register for the Travel Voucher Scheme here. You’ll need a Victorian ID card, like a drivers’ licence, proof of age card or seniors card. You’ll also need to be prepared to provide receipts to prove you spent the money within the rules, or face potential audits.

The second tranche of vouchers comes after the Federal Government announced a $1.2 billion travel scheme offering 800,000 half-priced flights to regional areas.

However, the scheme has been trashed this morning as politicking. Avalon Airport is the only Victorian destination included in the flights plan.

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