[VIC] Melbourne Money Dining Initiative: 20% Rebate with $50-$500 Spend @ City of Melbourne

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We’ve partnered with the Victorian Government to launch a new $8.4 million dining initiative aimed at bringing people back into the city and providing much needed support for our hospitality sector.

Only in City of Melbourne municipality I found the zone here

Diners who spend between $50 and $500 (inc. GST) in Melbourne’s restaurants, cafes and bars will be eligible for a 20 per cent rebate on their total food and drink bill.

The rebate will be available right across the municipality including Southbank, Chinatown, Lygon Street, Docklands, North Melbourne and Kensington and at hospitality venues within sporting, arts and theatre precincts.

The program will open from Friday 11 June 2021, just in time for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The offer will be on a first-in-first-served basis and will last until funds are exhausted.

How the rebate will work:
You will be able to claim your 20 per cent rebate in four easy steps:

  1. From 11 June enjoy delicious food and drink at your chosen Melbourne restaurant, café, pub or other hospitality venue
  2. Pay for your meal in full and make sure you get an itemised receipt
  3. Take a photo of your receipt and upload it with your bank details via our secure Melbourne Money website
  4. Your 20 per cent rebate will be credited to your nominated bank account within five business days.*

With so many things to do and see in Melbourne over winter, you can make the most your visit and get a great deal on your food and drinks bill too.

Need some ideas on where to eat and drink? Have a look at What’s On Melbourne for some inspiration!

More details will be available when the program launches on 11 June – watch this space.

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Comments

  • +18 votes

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm

    • +1 vote

      Yes

    • +2 votes

      Well exactly. Amex paid 20% irrespective of value.

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        Hi. What 20% you are referring to?
        The 20% cashback?

        • +1 vote

          Yeah it was actually pretty good - took me ages to get into it. Not quite a substitute for (the real) Shop Small and apparently targeted. But you could use it on the same place twice.

          https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/619558

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        I thought this Amex offer only valid until end of May?

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          Yes unfortunately that is correct. :-(

    • +7 votes

      …and this does cater specifically to people who spend $50+ on a meal. Which is not everyone…especially on OzBargain (i.e. "this is the worst kind of discrimination, the kind against me").

      • -6 votes

        How is this discrimination. You choose not to take up the offer. Its not like race, gender, sexualality where you born with it. Only those can discriminate.

        • +1 vote

          Google the quote. Watch the series. Thank me later. ;-)

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      Is it one per person?

  • +20 votes

    Talk about bad timing…

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      You expect the (potential) lockdown to go for longer than 16days? (When this goes live)

      • +9 votes

        who knows
        although the usual disclaimer is Past performance is not an indicator of future outcomes

      • +1 vote

        You expect the (potential) lockdown to go for longer than 16days? (When this goes live)

        I'm not. ???

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        You expect this will be the last lockdown ever for Melbourne?

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          No. Many more lockdowns to come unfortunately.

        • -1 vote

          nope. with the 0 case elimination strategy, assuming a 25 year old fully healthy guy got covid and staying home isolating, they will lockdown 6 million people again.

          this is their strategy.

  • -2 votes

    Can we use it at restaraunts in Highpoint?

    • +4 votes

      hard to eat through a mask

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        how about a breathing apparatus

    • +3 votes

      That's not in the City of Melbourne - have a look at the map in the original post if you aren't sure.

  • +10 votes

    let's hope they contain the outbreak :(

    • +5 votes

      Yeah jokes aside I hope we can get through this and good luck to all the struggling businesses :<

  • +1 vote

    Do you need to be a Victorian resident to participate in the scheme? Or can interstate visitors also claim the 20% rebate?

    • +1 vote

      Anyone can. open the website for more info

  • +2 votes

    Should say from 11th June or when lockdown ends :(

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      We are still in lockdown

  • +2 votes

    I'm not sure that we'll be using this - but it'd be nice to support it. Lots of good food places that need our support - and not just within the Melbourne City Council area.

    I've, sadly, just had to cancel a booking at Hero (@ACMI) for this weekend - interstate visitors not able to travel because their jobs are too COVID-19 exposure-sensitive.

    Bummer :-(

    • +2 votes

      This wouldn't have been valid for your meal at Hero this weekend anyway.

      • +2 votes

        Yes, I know that. I'm making the point that there are lots of unintended consequences and we need to support good businesses where we can. Didn't book Hero in the expectation of any rebate - it is a restaurant that ticks lots of boxes without the need to have the additional support.

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          Whats hero?

          • +1 vote

            @Chchnu: Hero. Seriously good restaurant inside ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) at Federation Square in the Melbourne CBD.

            Go if you like good food, being able to have a conversation without yelling, thoroughly professional waiting staff, a really good small wine selection. Oh, and the food is good. Did I mention the food?

            Not cheap - but we enjoyed the whole experience!

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    It's ok, certainly can't complain about a discount, but I suppose it's not much in the grand scheme and doubt it will spur much spending. By comparison the Entertainment Book often has buy 1 get 1 free meal (though most of the restaurants have gone since COVID).

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      I'm the same; it alone wouldn't tempt me to go to the area to dine out specifically.

    • +1 vote

      You can probably combine this with entertainment book. No evidence otherwise I'll try it at least.

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    Where can the rebate be claimed and what can it be used for?
    You are able to claim a rebate for eligible items bought in store only at hospitality businesses (restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs) within the City of Melbourne municipality.

    So Macca's qualifies as within the map ?

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      Seems to qualify but it's a tall order to meet the minimum $50 of spending at Maccas.

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      i don't see why not lol

  • +9 votes

    For the real bargain hunters out there, I checked with the City of Melbourne and can confirm this definitely stacks with other discounts (Eat Club, happy hour, etc.) provided it meets the spending and other requirements.

    So if full bill comes to $150 with 35% Eat Club discount + 20% rebate = $ 67.5 (after rebate).

    Ripper deal!

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      So BOGOF with 20% off gift card and rebate 20% rebate = 32%

      • +1 vote

        If the final total bill is $50+ and meets the other requirements, yes.

        Is it ethical and within the spirit of the scheme? Probably not…..

        Can you do it? Yes you can!!!

    • +17 votes

      Go back to watching Sky and reading the Daily Telegraph, little boy.

      The grown ups are talking.

      • -1 vote

        not everybody who finds these harsh restrictions ridiculous at this point is bigot or extreme right winger. educate yourself. and don't forget the breached human rights. you cant leave and enter Australia at the moment even if you are a citizen, you have to wear a mask in the middle of the bush, you cant visit your relatives in hospital, you cant travel out of nearby your home.

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    The program will open from Friday 11 June 2021, just in time for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The offer will be on a first-in-first-served basis and will last until funds are exhausted.

    Won't be able to get in anywhere and 3hr waits for take away. Funds will be exhausted by Sunday lunch time at the latest. Makes good headlines, then it will be tumbleweeds in the city again!

    • +1 vote

      or people will get really mad when they submit a big bill and end up with no refund

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    Odds on lock down ?

    I'm 75% with the Indian variation in play .

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    Looks good

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    Wondering if the payment with a gift card will count? I.e. dining at Crown and paying with Crown gift card.

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    Is $50 minimum spend on one receipt or can I combine receipt?

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      1

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    Sounds like a call for dumpster dives!

    • +8 votes

      That doesn’t help at all. The whole point is to encourage spending, reducing tax simply increases saving, or spending in the wrong areas (gambling, alcohol).

      Same thing happened when US companies got a tax break, ended up become stock buybacks instead of encouraging investment.

      Your comment isn’t very helpful, or we’ll researched.

  • +1 vote

    What's on everyone's list? I reccomend torrisong (bento platters) and will check out ima project cafe (also bento platters). Easy to spend $50+ for two.

  • +1 vote

    Nice of them to extend this offer to all visitors to the city.

    Unlike NSW who only gave the $25 Dine and Discover vouchers to residents of NSW.

  • +5 votes

    Aaaannnddddd we're in a lockdown

    • +3 votes

      Still works for takeaway.

    • +2 votes

      Aaaannnddd the offer hasn't started yet

      • +1 vote

        Yes and hopefully in 15 days, we will be all good to go.

  • +2 votes

    Looks like this deal will actually be usable this week 😅

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      I went to my local store and they refused to sell me any gift cards. Maybe because they are attached to a Coles store.

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        Rang another one and they say they do sell them.

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          I don't think you can claim the money for buying the voucher/gc

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            @SaberXLancer: Sorry, somehow those posts came up here. Wrong thread.

  • +3 votes

    I'm guessing you have to be within 25kms of the CBD to utilise this though…

    • +3 votes

      Remember it's 25km radius, not 25km distance by google maps…

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        I'm just inside the "ring of steel" so I still can't reach the CBD :( I was hoping to use the promo on one of the fancy restaurants I usually consider too expensive. Oh well. If only they would change it to any restaurant in VIC…

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    Well this is great, I'm going to spend a couple of days in town this weekend and have got two fancy meals already lined up - and you can claim more than once :)

    • +7 votes

      I hope people that don't take COVID seriously move out of Melbourne! It would be a wonderful unintended consequence of COVID to weed out stupid people from Melbourne.

      • -3 votes

        enjoy your non-existent human rights. you cant even visit your relative in a deathbed in a hospital at the moment because there are 0 cases today. lol.

        • +6 votes

          Enjoying them, thanks! Hope you enjoy your move.

      • -1 vote

        If free to be a bedwetter and hide inside your home with your mask on. And if you believe the BS from useless Sutton and the pathetic Vic govt, then you really are stupid.

  • -1 vote

    Hack is to use the same receipt for everyone on the table.. Your meal will be practically free