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40,000 $200 Regional Travel Rebates on $400 Travel Spend Available to Victorians

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From Friday at 10am, the Victorian government is offering 40,000 Victorians $200 'vouchers' to travel within Victoria between December 12 and January 22 as a stimulus for the tourism industry.

You have to spend over $400 on one of the following categories to get the $200 back:
- accommodation
- tours
- local attractions

Exclusions are gaming, alcohol (except if alcohol is included in wine/brewery/distillery tasting type tour but 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).

It's really a reimbursement from the government though – travellers have to apply for the voucher, pay for the travel upfront and then receive a reimbursement from the government.

Still, $200 back on your trip is still $200 back!

Another 40,000 vouchers will be available on January 20, and may be redeemed for travel from January 27 to April 1, and the final batch of vouchers will be released on March 30 for use from April 6 to May 31.

Update: An extra 30,000 regional tourism vouchers will be made available to Victorians at 12PM today. Sold Out

Round 2: 40,000 vouchers will be released from 20 January 2021, 10.00am for travel between 27 January 2021 to 1 April 2021. Sold Out

Round 3: 30 March 2021, 10.00am, for travel between 6 April 2021 to 31 May 2021

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    • Requires a minimum of 2 nights stay in regional vic.

      • Oh is it like for any activity we book, min 2 nights stay required?

        Didn't know that. Thanks for the update.

  • Paid accommodation with amex travel credit, am I eligible?

  • +2

    Sent an email to Business VIC but just checking if anyone here have any information.

    So booked an accommodation for $1500 split between 3 people from 3 different household. Only one invoice from the accommodation.

    Will everyone in my group be eligible to get the voucher as we spent $500 each? or because there is only one invoice, only one person is able to reimburse the $200?

    • +3

      Better to talk to business to get 3 invoices of $500 each … they will be happy to do it.

      • Can't really do this if you booked via AirBnB. I'm facing the same issue. Hopefully someone can clear this up.

        • For claiming;
          1) All 3 needs to have a Voucher to be eligible to apply for reimbursement later. Booking for vouchers will open tomorrow at 10am.
          2) Ask your friends to transfer $500 to your account with Airbnb Reference no.
          3) Upload Airbnb, transfer to friend account, Pics of person claiming in regional area with date stamp, reflecting same dates as Airbnb booking and outside booked accommodation along with Airbnb pics of same location.

          with so many prooves, i don't see why they wont approve.

    • Did you get a reponse from them? Spoke to my hotel and they can't split invoices but can put all names of people staying on the it. Not sure if helpful

      • Oh yes.

        Update. one Invoice can be used for multiple household. if you need proof, send me a dm of your email and i can send you the screenshot of the email from business vic.

        • Thanks for that. Unable to dm you due to your settings

          • @RockyK9: I got a response but different to yours - "Our suggestion is to ensure that both names appear on the invoice and to get a separate receipt each, showing how much each of you paid, if possible. This should help with the claims process."

        • I got a response but different to yours - "Our suggestion is to ensure that both names appear on the invoice and to get a separate receipt each, showing how much each of you paid, if possible. This should help with the claims process".

          • @RockyK9: Oh weird. This is what i got:

            "Thank you for your enquiry.

            As the program is only available to one per household; you should be able to use the same invoice for all families that stay in the AirBnb."

            I honestly think that they are pretty lenient about this. My friend copped a voucher without even needing to have any plans yet. i'll message you the screen shot so maybe you can use it to support your case if needed.

  • If I get the voucher in round 1, will I be ineligible in round 2?

    • +1
    • -1

      If I get the voucher in round 1, will I be ineligible in round 2?

      Just use a different name…

      • -1

        It's one per household, genius

        • -1

          ..and a different address

          • +2

            @jv: You'd need a different license too, keep trying though

          • @jv: You are funny hahahah

  • -1

    Is Anakie in Victoria region area?

    Thanks.
    Do I need to stay in the same hotel for 2 nights?
    Can I stay in 2 different hotel for 1 night each?

    Thanks a lot.

  • +1

    Huh…interesting. Frankston City Council is included as an eligible region.

    Ok folks what is the best hotel accommodation in Franga?

    • +2

      Frankston Correctional Centre accommodation is not bad.

    • +1

      I'd like to recommend The Hotel Ambassador to you.

  • +4

    What's the bet the site goes down at 10:01am tomorrow morning

    • Building a vertically scalable site that accepts registration and not having to process the data in real-time is not that complicated - Having said that, I don't want to underestimate the stupidity of people that running these shows.

      • +1

        It's happened before more often than not. Scaling can't keep up if the backend is written transactionally needs to be verified and synced both ways "guarantee only once" as opposed to "at least once".

        Not easy to change legacy either. Only tomorrow will tell

  • Hmmmm seeming its peak season and a like a no fee option this batch is gone . People like me will get it but just in case of using it but unlikely to .
    The voucher is FREE so the bots are going to fire big time :)

    I don't like the 1 per household because my poor dogs and cats and 27 fish will miss out : (

    • People living in share accommodation are in for a surprise lol

  • Does airbnb give you an Australian tax invoice ? I've used it before and cannot find an invoice under my account. You do need it to claim this

    • +2

      I don't think they do, I've just had a look of my previous bookings and can only locate an invoice. I just called up Business Victoria who did say Airbnbs would qualify under accomodations however a tax invoice is needed to claim.

      • Okay, so I found this which might explain why there's no option for tax invoice:

        "The ATO considers Airbnb rentals as residential, which means that GST (Goods and Services Tax) does not apply."

        I think I'll be booking through Booking or Agoda instead.

        • So AirBnb is a no go :-(

          • @iamgroot1799: I saw that it said tax invoices and/or receipts but.. yeah, the lady on the phone did say tax invoice. Probably best not to risk it.

        • It pretty clearly says and/OR receipts, so I'd say you'd be fine.

          • @zukand: Thank you for your reassurance. I now feel totally confident in booking because some complete random stranger from the internet deduced it was ok.

            KFC.

  • Another silly trick to waste tax payers money from politicians.

    Now everyone will jack up accommodation rates.

  • If I'm spending over four hundred staying one night, how do I get the voucher? Book another night somewhere for cheap?

  • I’ve already booked 2 nights at Lorne on Expedia for $398 and I’m paying for it on New Year’s Eve. What would be the best way to get me over the line for $2? Could I just get the hotel to charge me $2 extra even though it’s booked through Expedia? I rang and added breakfast but now I see food isn’t included. Would hiring a boogie boards class as an attraction?

    • If the breakfast is not separately itemised it would count towards the $400 minimum.

      If it is separate, best way would be to attend a local attraction. You could go visit the Split Point (Round the Twist) lighthouse in Aireys Inlet for $12.

  • I have a 2-night accom booked for this weekend but am $50 short. Can I book a wine tour for say, early Jan, to make up the remaining $50? Or does it have to be in ONE trip?

    • Can’t see any restriction on the length of trip or taking multiple trips as long as it’s all within the same eligible travel period.

      • This interests me, multiple trips in the time period. I'm doing an AirBnB in Colac next weekend then 3 nights camping near Wilson's prom in XMAS, so combined that's only about $190

  • +1

    I have a accomodation for $2k+ under my name. Can my 4 other friends who are also on the trip make a claim on this?

    • Only if you each paid 1/5 of the cost separately and each have a receipt/invoice to prove it

  • Interesting that the travel period doesn't apply over the Australia Day long weekend. That counts me out as I have a booking then. Good luck to those that are eligible $200 is $200 and a nice rebate.

  • +1

    Here is the list -

    1. Alpine Shire Council
    2. Ararat Rural City Council
    3. Ballarat City Council
    4. Bass Coast Shire Council
    5. Baw Baw Shire Council
    6. Benalla Rural City Council
    7. Buloke Shire Council
    8. Campaspe Shire Council
    9. Cardinia Shire Council
    10. Central Goldfields Shire Council
    11. Colac‐Otway Shire Council
    12. Corangamite Shire Council
    13. East Gippsland Shire Council
    14. Falls Creek Alpine resort
    15. Frankston City Council
    16. French Island
    17. Gabo island
    18. Gannawarra Shire Council
    19. Glenelg Shire Council
    20. Golden Plains Shire Council
    21. Greater Bendigo City Council
    22. Greater Geelong City Council
    23. Greater Shepparton City Council
    24. Hepburn Shire Council
    25. Hindmarsh Shire Council
    26. Horsham Rural City Council
    27. Indigo Shire Council
    28. Lady Julia Percy island
    29. Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
    30. Latrobe City Council
    31. Loddon Shire Council
    32. Macedon Ranges Shire Council
    33. Mansfield Shire Council
    34. Mildura Rural City Council
    35. Mitchell Shire Council
    36. Moira Shire Council
    37. Moorabool Shire Council
    38. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
    39. Mount Alexander Shire Council
    40. Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort
    41. Mount Buller Alpine Resort
    42. Mount Hotham Alpine Resort
    43. Mount Stirling Alpine Resort
    44. Moyne Shire Council
    45. Murrindindi Shire Council
    46. Nillumbik Shire Council
    47. Northern Grampians Shire Council
    48. Pyrenees Shire Council
    49. Queenscliff Borough
    50. South Gippsland Shire Council
    51. Southern Grampians Shire Council
    52. Strathbogie Shire Council
    53. Surf Coast Shire Council
    54. Swan Hill Rural City Council
    55. Towong Shire Council
    56. Wangaratta Rural City Council
    57. Warrnambool City Council
    58. Wellington Shire Council
    59. West Wimmera Shire Council
    60. Wodonga City Council
    61. Yarra Ranges Shire Council
    62. Yarriambiack Shire Council
  • Links to questions and answers etc…..

    https://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/gr...

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    https://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/gr...

  • +1

    Its cool that Mornington is classified different to that of during the lockdown .

  • If you get this voucher, can you still enrol for the next lot when it gets released?

  • -1

    Let's lock you down so you lose your business and source of income, then hand you out money so you rely on your government even more…..
    Next thing, government handouts if you get the "covid vaccine"

    • You sound outraged

  • What are the chances of this working smoothly and as to plan?
    Lol

  • Can I bet WS crashes ?

  • Already getting slow with 2 minutes to go…

  • lol it's already crashing

  • +2

    Page gone…

    500 Internal Server Error
    openresty

  • +1

    Fail, website crash.

    500 Internal Server Error

  • 500 Internal Server Error lol

  • 500 Internal Server Error

    Lol at 10.00am

  • Yeap .

  • 10.01am - 500 Internal Server Error
    Website is pooping itself

  • Fail

  • 500 Internal Server Error

  • Already getting a 500 internal service error.

  • +1

    500 Error already. Surprise surprise!

  • Who would have saw this happening :)

  • OzBargained

  • They should have gotten Ticketek to handle this, feels like getting preliminary finals tix ;)

  • crashedddd

  • and here we go…site crash

  • site ozbargained

  • +4

    Even when the page loads, no apply button…

    • yeap page coming up, no button either

  • +1

    Still can't see an Apply Now button anywhere. Just says:
    "Applications open at 10am, Friday 11 December 2020."

    Granted it's only 10.02am, but still…

  • +1

    I should be a stock trader given how well I predicted this crash.

  • Website went down straight away

  • 500 Internal Server Error

    Ahhh I see its 10.00am

  • +2

    i managed to load the website but cant see the "Apply Now" button?

    • I can’t see the button either.

  • 500 internal server error. Already.

  • Of course the server is down. Why am I not surprised?

  • Should have been pay $200 for $400 voucher and businesses can register and then use a claim portal for live claiming

  • not letting us apply for it when it loads

    • did you see the apply now button?

  • Classic, I pity the fool that has to try and maintain they (clearly) crappy IT infra :)
    If anyone can post back if / when we get confirmation that they're all gone or back up, that would be great :)

    TIA :)

  • anyone expect anything better.. of course the site crashed
    you offered 40k worth to 5mill people :) A lot of them already booked and want $200 off :)

  • 502 Bad Gateway

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