The NSW Government announced it would be handing out $100 Dine & Discover vouchers back in November 2020. The scheme was thought out in an effort to encourage Sydneysiders to get out and about again following an isolated series of months spent indoors, and no doubt we were all excited at the prospect of a free lunch or dinner.
As opposed to one $100 sum, the vouchers were to be distributed in four redeemable $25 portions to be used at participating venues that have been registered as COVID safe. Two are dedicated for use in cafés, restaurants and bars, while the other two are specific to entertainment and tourism venues including cinemas, arts venues, tours and galleries.
Now, the vouchers have finally become available to NSW residents. They’re rolling out gradually by suburb clusters, with some already being able to apply and access them, myself included.
The process of redeeming the Dine & Discover vouchers is pretty simple too, though you will need a MyServiceNSW account, and you will be required to have some documentation handly, namely your Medicare card and driver’s license or Australian passport.
To get started, you’ll need to check your address with Service NSW to find out if you’re eligible. If you’re not able to apply right now, you can check back next week. Then, it’s a matter of filling in the short forms with details including your birth date, license number, Medicare number, and address.
If all of your details check out, then you’ll be approved for the vouchers on the spot and will receive an email with the four voucher attachments shortly thereafter. For me, it took just under an hour, but you can use them instantly, and all the way up until June 30.
You can find out more about the participating venues by searching for specific suburbs or postcodes.