The popular Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program, which first launched in March, is back. Spend $40 or more on dining and entertainment, and claim 25 per cent of your money back. Head out with your friends for meals at restaurants, cafes and pubs. Then, go out for some fun with tickets to live music, art performances and entry into museums, galleries and amusement parks. The $25 million program is now open, and will run until December 16, or until the funds are exhausted.
Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program
The program first launched in March this year. Over $32 million was claimed in just three months, with Hai Dai Lao, Dumpling Alley and Shanghai Red as the most popular venues to dine in. Meanwhile, cinema trips and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child were the most popular choices for entertainment.
“With a blockbuster summer of major events upon us, we’re providing Victorians [with] even more reasons to get out and enjoy everything the state has to offer – while saving money and supporting local businesses,” said Steve Dimopoulos, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events.
Similar to the Melbourne Money scheme, the dining part of this new program allows you to eat anywhere in the state of Victoria. Spend at least $40 in hospitality venues, like restaurants and bars, and get your money back.
Eligible hospitality venues include:
- Bars and pubs (food must be purchased)
- Registered clubs – excluding private clubs that are not open to the public
- Breweries, distilleries and wineries (food must be purchased)
- Fast food and take away outlets, juice bars and kiosks
- Restaurants and cafés open to the public within accommodation such as hotels
- Hospitality venues inside sporting, arts and theatre precincts
- Food courts
- Temporary food businesses like mobile food trucks
You can’t make a claim on food ordered through delivery services, like Uber Eats or Deliveroo. You also can’t make a claim on food purchased at convenience stores and supermarkets.
You must get a tax invoice at the point of sale that includes the business ABN and name, purchase date, items purchased and transaction total.
You can claim your money back on entertainment anywhere in Melbourne and Victoria, on any day of the week. Buy an entertainment experience now to get the cash back, and enjoy the experience anytime.
- Events and festivals (not including sporting events)
- Exhibitions and conferences
- Museums, galleries and zoos
- Live performance, including theatre, music, comedy, literary events and fashion shows
- Amusement parks, arcades, water parks, theme parks, tourist ferries and trains, mini golf and go-kart venues
Your proof of purchase must include business name, purchase date, items purchased and transaction total. A confirmation email is acceptable as long as it shows the required details.
Remember, this scheme operates on a first-come, first-served basis.
The total that you can claim back across the Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program is $125, for both food and entertainment combined. You can make multiple claims, until you reach a total of $125 cash back. Otherwise, if you like to go big, you can spend $500 or more in a single purchase on dining or entertainment, and get the $125 back with just one receipt.
For more information about the program, click here.
To claim your money back, click here.