Information on how Victorians can apply for and use the vouchers will be available here soon.
The previous allocation of 40,000 vouchers for the Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme has now been exhausted.
Based on the success of the Victorian Government’s Regional Travel Voucher Scheme supporting travel to regional Victoria, support will be extended to tourism operators in metropolitan Melbourne.
With Melbourne-based tourism operators still impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme is designed to encourage visits to metropolitan Melbourne and support businesses.
The Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme provides eligible Victorians with $200 to help cover the costs of a minimum two nights paid accommodation, plus attractions or tours in metropolitan Melbourne during the eligible travel period.
Victorians are encouraged to stay overnight in metropolitan Melbourne and experience everything the city has to offer.
40,000 vouchers will be offered to Victorian residents to contribute to the costs of accommodation, tourism attractions or tours undertaken in any of the 26 local government areas comprising the metropolitan Melbourne area (excluding those local government areas covered by the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme, including LGAs that cover Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong Ranges and Frankston).
Victorians who receive a voucher and spend at least $400 on a minimum two nights paid accommodation, plus tours or attractions during their stay will be eligible to receive a reimbursement of $200 on presentation of receipts. Victorians must spend a portion of their expenditure on paid accommodation to be eligible for reimbursement.
The program works on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis and will close when all vouchers have been issued.
Those who has received a voucher through the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme are eligible to receive another travel voucher in this scheme.
The key dates for this scheme are:
|Registrations open||Eligible travel period||Claim period and cut-off date|
|12 March 2021, 10.00am||19 March 2021 to 16 May 2021||26 April 2021 to 30 May 2021|
Who can apply for a voucher?
Victorian residents over the age of 18 are eligible to apply. Each household is limited to one voucher for the Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme.
The voucher provides a $200 reimbursement when you spend at least $400 on a minimum two nights paid accommodation, plus tours or attractions in any of the 26 metropolitan Melbourne local government areas (excludes areas covered by the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme, including local government areas that cover Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong Ranges and Frankston).
Applicants must provide evidence that they have spent at least $400 on paid accommodation, plus tours or attractions to meet the “Eligible Expenses” criteria for reimbursement:
- minimum two nights paid accommodation, which means serviced apartments, backpackers and hostels, bed and breakfasts, cabins or caravans in holiday parks, caravan site fees, cottages, private holiday rentals, motels, hotels, resorts, retreats and lodges
- paid tours and experiences, which means tour operators that offer regular organised tours with a leisure-tourism focus, organised by experienced guides. These may include a personal host and/or commentary. For example, a boat cruise, guided walk, bus tour, air tour, food and wine tour, sport tour, outdoor and adventure tour
- entry fees to attractions, which means places/areas of interest that offer a distinct visitor experience to the leisure tourist, such as museums, galleries, water parks, local attractions, theme parks, etc.
Part of your Eligible Expenses must include a minimum two nights paid accommodation.
How much are the vouchers worth?
Funding of $200 per household is available as reimbursement if more than $400 is spent in Melbourne on paid accommodation and other eligible expenses listed above.
The 40,000 vouchers are available on a first-come-first-served basis and will close once all vouchers have been issued.
What are the eligible expenses that vouchers can be used for?
The vouchers can be used to help cover the costs of a minimum two nights paid accommodation, plus other eligible expenses including tours, experiences or entry fees to attractions.
The vouchers won’t cover:
- 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)
- food and drinks, except where packaged with an eligible expense such as a winery tour
- personal items such as clothing and accessories
- transport costs (rental vehicles, train and bus tickets).
How to apply
Applicants can submit a registration via an application form on the Service Victoria website.
Applicants must provide one of the following:
- Victorian drivers’ licence
- Victorian Proof of Age Card
- Victorian Seniors Card
Applicants may be subject to an audit by the Victorian Government or its representatives and will be required to produce evidence (such as receipts) at the request of the Victorian Government for a period of 4 years after the grant has been approved.
If any information in the registration is found to be false or misleading, any grant awarded to the applicant will have to be repaid on demand by the Victorian Government.
Registrations open at 10am on Friday 12 March.
Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme FAQs
Questions and answers related to the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme.
Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme Guidelines
Guidelines for the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme.
Reviewed 07 June 2021