Two travel voucher schemes will encourage Victorians to travel across the state, as our tourism industry recovers from the impacts of COVID-19 and bushfires.
The schemes include:
- a new Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme with 40,000 vouchers to support travel in greater Melbourne will launch soon
- an expanded Regional Travel Voucher Scheme with an additional 10,000 vouchers to support travel in regional Victoria
This brings the total vouchers offered to 200,000 under the travel voucher schemes.
Further information, including eligibility criteria and program guidelines, will be published here soon.
Victorians are encouraged to explore their state with thanks to the Scheme providing eligible Victorians with $200 to help cover costs of accommodation, attractions or tours in regional Victoria.
The Regional Travel Voucher Scheme will provide eligible Victorians an incentive to explore the state.
Vouchers will be offered to Victorian residents to contribute to the costs of accommodation, tourism attractions or tours undertaken in regional Victoria, including the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula and the Victorian alpine ski resorts.
Victorians who receive a voucher and spend at least $400 on paid accommodation, experiences, tours or attractions during their stay will be eligible to receive a reimbursement of $200 on presentation of receipts.
The program works on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis and each round will close once all places have been filled for that particular round.
The indicative key dates for this scheme are:
|Round||Registrations open||Eligible travel period||Claim period and cutoff date|
|Round 1||11 December 2020, 10.00am - Allocation exhausted||12 December 2020 to 22 January 2021||4 January 2021 to 5 February 2021|
|Round 2||20 January 2021, 10.00am - Allocation exhausted||27 January 2021 to 1 April 2021||11 March 2021 to 15 April 2021|
|Round 3||30 March 2021, 10.00am||6 April 2021 to 31 May 2021||10 May 2021 to 14 June 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 entire scheme.
Each voucher gives the recipient the right to claim a reimbursement of $200 if they have spent at least $400 on accommodation, experiences, tours or attractions for a minimum 2 nights in paid accommodation in regional Victoria, the Yarra and Dandenong Ranges or the Mornington Peninsula.
Applicants must provide evidence they have spent $400 or more in the following categories:
- paid accommodation, which means serviced apartments, backpacker and hostels, bed and breakfasts, cabins or caravans in holiday parks, caravan and camping site fees, cottages, farm stays, private holiday rentals, houseboats, motels, hotels, resorts, retreats and lodges
- paid tours and experiences, which means tour operators that offer regularly 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, agri-tourism, food and wine tour, sport tour, outdoor and adventure tour
- entry fees to regional attractions, which means places/areas of interest that offer a distinct visitor experience to the leisure tourist such as museums, water parks, local attractions, theme parks etc. (“Eligible Expenses”)
This includes spending a minimum of 2 consecutive nights in paid accommodation.
How much are the vouchers from this program?
Funding of $200 per household is available as reimbursement if more than $400 is spent in regional Victoria on eligible expenses listed above.
The vouchers are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
What can the vouchers be used for?
The vouchers can be used to help cover the costs of accommodation, tourism attractions or tours undertaken in regional Victoria, including Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula and the Victorian alpine ski resorts.
The vouchers won’t cover:
- alcohol (except if alcohol is included in a wine, brewery or distillery tasting type tour; 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 must submit a registration online.
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.
Applications for Round 3 open at 10am on 30 March.
Reviewed 20 February 2021