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Here’s everything you need to know about the new $100 voucher

Anastasia Santoreneos
·3-min read
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Here’s everything you need to know about the new $100 voucher. Source: Getty

The NSW government has given every over-18 in the state $100 worth of vouchers to spend on dining and entertainment in Sydney as part of its 2020 Budget measures.

The Out and About vouchers will cost the government a whopping $500 million, and are designed to stimulate spending in the local economy, including restaurants, visitor sites and cultural attractions.

“This stimulus measure will get money flowing into industries hit hard by the pandemic,” the state government said.

“It will generate jobs and give the people of NSW a great reason to support their local businesses who need a boost.”

Here’s what you need to know.

Who gets the $100 vouchers?

NSW residents aged over 18 will receive the vouchers. To be a resident, your driver’s license needs to be linked to a NSW address.

If you’ve just moved to NSW and haven’t changed your license over, you can update your residency status with Transport NSW.

Who doesn’t get the vouchers?

Anyone under 18 won’t be able to access the vouchers. Those living in NSW but not NSW residents also won’t be able to access the vouchers.

Where can I spend the vouchers?

Each adult will receive four $25 vouchers totalling $100.

There are two dining out vouchers worth $25 each, which can be used to purchase food at venues like restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.

The other two $25 vouchers are “going out” vouchers, which can be used for activities like visiting cultural institutions, performing arts, cinemas and amusement parks.

All venues must have a Covid safety plan in place. You’ll be able to check in to the venues on your Service NSW app via their Government QR code.

The government has not yet unveiled the exact details of which industries will be included in the scheme, but the program is expected to be rolled out across the state from late January 2021.

Where can’t I spend my voucher?

The vouchers aren’t valid for gambling or to purchase tobacco or alcohol. You also can’t use them at retail outlets.

How will I access my vouchers?

To access the vouchers, you must have a MyServiceNSW account.

If you don’t have an account, you can download the Service NSW app and register for a MyServiceNSW account.

You’ll be asked to plug in your email and mobile number, and create a password. Then just follow the prompts.

The vouchers will only be digital, in keeping compliant to ensure they are Covid-safe. It’s unclear what this means for those without a smartphone, or those who don’t have the app.

How do I use my voucher?

Each voucher can only be used once, and they can’t be combined together.

That means if your purchase is under the $25 amount, the outstanding amount will expire.

If you’re with a friend and you both have a $25 voucher, there’s nothing to say that you can’t both use your vouchers on separate bills. However, this hasn’t been confirmed by the NSW government yet.

I have a business and I want to be part of the scheme. How can I sign up?

If you want your business to be part of the Out and About scheme, you need to:

  • Have a MyServiceNSW account;

  • Be operating in NSW in one of the eligible industries (yet to be determined);

  • Have a valid bank account;

  • Have an active ABN as of 31 October 2020, and registered for GST.

Your business must also be registered as Covid-safe.

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