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[VIC] Metropolitan Melbourne $200 Travel Voucher Scheme (Minimum $400 Spend on 2 Nights Accommodation) @ Victorian Government

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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.

The Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme 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).

Those who has received a voucher through the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme are eligible to receive another travel voucher in this scheme.

40,000 vouchers will be available.

The key dates for this scheme are:

Registrations open:12 March 2021, 10.00am

Eligible Travel Period: 19 March 2021 to 16 May 2021

Claim period and cut-off date: 26 April 2021 to 30 May 2021

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  • +1 vote

    Where/What to do at Melbourne CBD?

    • +26 votes

      Adult entertainment at South Melbourne

      • +5 votes

        South Melbourne Pet Store

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        South melbourne oysters

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          South Melbourne Dim Sims

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            @rawm: South Melbourne market

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              @dekay: Does not cover food and drink

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          South Melbourne kittens

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        If i spend 400 i get 200 back? Also what stops someone putting their own place on airbnb and booking it for the $200.

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      Aquarium, heli ride, kayaking, bbq/boat down the yarra.
      All the tourist things you've always wanted to do but without the tourists.
      See a show at the arts centre.

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        Exactly. Much better approach by Andrews to give the money to us to decide how we spend it vs Morrison always funneling our money through businesses.

        Morrison has given another billion dollar handout to Qantas and venture capital. Yet those companies have sacked significant amounts of workers.

        Corporate welfare to billion dollar businesses is ok for the Murdoch hacks but not a helping hand to people like us. Look how much was rorted out of jobkeeper.

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          No. Every other state is doing that too. I think their deals are better than Victoria.

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    Sorry, maybe I am missing something but isn't this a repeat of https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/589893?

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      This time it's metro. Last time was regional

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    Little more info here…

    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.

    For great travel ideas across metropolitan Melbourne, please visit the Visit Victoria

    website.
    Ineligible expenses

    The vouchers won’t cover:

    gaming
    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)
    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).
    
  • +1 vote

    Good for regional folks I guess. That is if they actually want to come into Melbourne right now…

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      And get stuck if we go into another snap lockdown

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      We’re regional and have been to Melbourne a couple of times in the last few months.

      We were actually planning a trip the weekend we got locked down, lucky we hadn’t booked yet. We usually just leave it until a day or two before to see how things are going before booking :)

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    Yet another opportunity to cash out some expiring Amex travel credits.

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      How would you achieve this? Assuming Amex travel credits aren't "cash"

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        Nobody said it needs to be cash, and it is kind of a slippery slope argument if they refuse some forms of payment. There isnt a distinct difference between giftcards and travel credits anyway. Ultimately the important thing is, they are not going to look through every single receipt to find out what form of payment you have used to shoot down your claims, so I dont think you will have troubles claiming it using travel credit. At least my friends and I have done it successfully with the regional vouchers.

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          The invoice/confirmation from Amex showing word "discount" of -$200 when booking hotel. Has this become an issue for you last time when redeeming regional vouchers?

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    To bad Australian open finished

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    must include accomodation.

    This is from the vic gov website

    You can apply for a voucher to claim a reimbursement of $200.

    You'll need to spend at least $400 on a minimum two nights' paid accommodation, plus tourism attractions, paid tours or experiences in metropolitan Melbourne.
    You must spend at least two nights in paid accommodation in any of the 26 local government areas in metropolitan Melbourne. This excludes areas already covered by the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme including the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Click here to view the list of eligible LGAs.
    One voucher per household for the whole scheme.
    You must be over 18 and a Victorian resident to apply.
    Vouchers are redeemable after the date of travel, with proof of purchase

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    Well its the new normal book a hotel nearby for a break without risking borders closing for at least this year .

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    plenty of 404 errors tomorrow. Wish they would load test these website's

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      Probably not as highly demand as the regional scheme.

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    Can you use it to pay your bail after you get arrested for walking around in the street?

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      Only if you get bailed after your second night in.

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    combine with amex offers guys. good deal.

  • +2 votes

    I hope jack doesn't start working in the tourism sector. Would be a shame if prices are jacked up.

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    I don't see the big attraction in staying at paid accommodation in my own city (not regional). I guess I like my house and no shitty kids to get away from lol

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      It’s more fun to have s*x in a hotel.

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        Not if it's by yourself.

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          Order room service midway through

      • +2 votes

        That's probably another reason i don't want to sleep in another bed

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      Being a great city, and my Mrs being foreign, she has always loved it. Felt like a lifetime since we'd been. So we stayed Sunday night. Wow the city was different. Visually, it could've been any foreign city. Ghost town, apart from a lot of homeless people moving to more prominent places, and travelers. The stats are right, unless locals must go there… We're not.

      On another note, I had short-lived commercial work in the CBD smack-bang in the middle of the full lockdown early 2020. That was a once in a lifetime experience. The only reason I'm not more surprised about last weekend.

  • +2 votes

    crown casino: here I come ;-) … winner winner chicken diner

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      whiner whiner, chicken diner ?
      or
      winner winner, chicken dinner ?

      • +2 votes

        mostly whinger whinger 😂

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    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.

  • +1 vote

    Bit silly people who have already had a voucher can reapply. These seem to all get picked up instantly (if you can get through the site crashes) every drop

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    You also need a Vic driver's licence or Vic proof of age card….

  • +3 votes

    Anyone who's never stayed at Hotel Windsor, it's worth doing once, gorgeous old building.

    Apparently it includes existing bookings too, so long as they happen after that date. So anyone who bought the half price Harry Potter tickets a couple of months back might be in luck - just book two nights at a backpacker and add in the tickets then not show up (I'm presuming this would actually work, no idea though).

    Sadly mine is this weekend, so not going to fly :(

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      Pretty cool, we stayed at a suite the Windsor and had the buffet breakfast. Highly reccomend. Thinking Langham or Internconiental next, as Notel is a bit idk and sadly MC glamping is gone.

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    can you not do it if you don't have VIC drivers licence/proof of age??

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      Pretty much, kind of sucks

  • +2 votes

    Last time I tried to get one of these vouchers I nearly launched my laptop off the 6th floor of our building… Kept crashing and never worked properly…

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    When you book a hotel it has to be in your name? Eg cant be wifes

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      Just get your mistress to register for the voucher and book under her name?

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    You need to have a booking first in order to claim?

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      No

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    So I can book a backpackers for 2 off-peak nights sometime between this period for $20 and then proceed to spend $380 on a Winery Tour or something like that to still receive this voucher? I'm reading through the TCs and this seems fine.

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      Are there any wineries in Melbourne?

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        I assume a day trip winery tour that leaves from melbourne would count no?

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      I was thinking the same, LOL. I live in the city too, just book the hostel next door, then use the voucher for tours.

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      I was thinking of doing something like this too, would also like to know if the attractions have to be based in the CBD. From reading FAQ's it seems like you just need to be part of a tour, so you can't visit on your own but must book a tour experience through a tour company.

      Edit: Just read this in FAQ

      Is visiting a winery or a day-spa considered an eligible expense?
      No, these type of expenses (unless included as part of a tour package) are not included in the Eligible expense categories of paid accommodation, paid tours and experiences, and entry fees to Melbourne attractions.

      Edit 2: Another FAQ

      Can I use my voucher on a trip that includes travelling to a regional Local Government Area that isn’t included in the voucher scheme?
      Eligible expenses can include experiences booked with a business during your paid accommodation in the Melbourne metropolitan area but delivered in regional Victoria, for example winery tours and other regionally based tourism attractions.

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    Is this per person? Like do I have to spend $400 and my partner has to also spend $400? Or does it still count if we spend only $400 combined? (2x people air bnb + 2 people for the same tour etc.)

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      One voucher per address. Then spend 400 on accom etc and claim. 2x ppl can spend 400 on a room and claim 200.

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        Awesome, so as long as the voucher registration is different address it applies?

        My partner and I live separately so we were thinking of both applying. Then get an air bnb for 4 nights then do a bunch of activities. Ensure we both pay for at least two of the nights, and spend at least 400 each (800 total), then get back 200 each, correct?

        • +3 votes

          To be honest, you better check directly with them. I don't want to give you the wrong advice just in case
          Keep in mind, this is a highly manual process, so unlikely there'll be too much scrutiny. My guess they'll have a pretty basic checklist. So if you ethically do the right thing in the spirit of the program, I doubt you'll get in trouble

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    Anyone know:

    1. Would this would cover tickets already paid for? i.e. I bought tickets to the comedy festival which I paid for a few weeks ago, but the show is on during the "eligible travel period", so can I claim this?

    2. Does the spending have to take place all at the same time or can it be spread across the entire "eligible travel period". i.e Could I do book 2 non-consecutive single nights of accom and spread the $400 spending over several weeks and still claim? Or does it all need to take place over consecutive days/nights?

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      Ah, "You must spend at least two consecutive nights in paid accommodation in any of the 26 local government areas in metropolitan Melbourne"… although doesnt clarify if the activites have to be in this timeframe either…

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      Not 100% sure but from reading FAQ (posted below) It sounds like your activities must be booked with a business "during your paid accomodation."

      Can I use my voucher on a trip that includes travelling to a regional Local Government Area that isn’t included in the voucher scheme?
      Eligible expenses can include experiences booked with a business during your paid accommodation in the Melbourne metropolitan area but delivered in regional Victoria, for example winery tours and other regionally based tourism attractions.

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      Looking at the FAQs again (this may have been added recently), it would appear that visits to the theatre aren't counted as an eligible expense:

      https://www.vic.gov.au/melbourne-travel-voucher-scheme-faqs#...

      Can the voucher be used at a theatre? 

      No, theatres do not qualify under the Eligible expense categories of paid accommodation, paid tours and experiences, and entry fees to Melbourne attractions (unless included as part of a tour package).

  • +2 votes

    Is it 2 consecutive days of accomodation. I normally book motels by the hour. Would it work if I racked up 16 one hour booking over the voucher period?

    • +1 vote

      16 individual hours in 2 days. You are the man!

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    do you HAVE to spend 2x consecutive nights? or is it OR some activities?

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      OK ..

      You must spend at least two nights in paid accommodation in any of the 26 local government areas in metropolitan Melbourne. This excludes areas already covered by the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme including the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Click here to view the list of eligible LGAs.

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        But does it have to be 2 consecutive nights?

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    Has anyone figured out a direct link incase the website crashes?

  • +2 votes

    It took me only 1 min to complete form

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      Started here when you woke me up and have 2 :)

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      Same! And the site says it takes 6 mins…

  • +2 votes

    sorted got one .. pretty smooth

  • +1 vote

    all done in 1 mins too

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    All done, very easy

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    all done, no errors

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    too easy. maybe the real rush starts in 10mins

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    Done in 2 mins

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    Done!!!!!

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    Got it!

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    All good this time, no crash - does this mean that not many people are interested ?