Time to hit the V-Line, the Government is paying up to $100 off your bill when you dine or drink in Melbourne

Time to hit the V-Line, the Government is paying up to $100 off your bill when you dine or drink in Melbourne

Chin Chin, Melbourne

The 'CBD Dining Experiences Scheme' is offering 20 per cent rebates to diners.

We love a good scheme, especially when it involves saving money, food and reinvigorating the state all in one.

Thanks to the Victorian Government, thousands of Aussies will be eligible for a rebate of up to $100 if they dine out in Melbourne until funds are exhausted.

The key takeaways

  • Victorian Government announce a new dining scheme in Melbourne
  • The ‘CBD Dining Experiences Scheme’ will offer 20 per cent rebates to diners
  • Scheme will be open to everyone with no caps on the number of claims

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Announced by the City of Melbourne, the ‘CBD Dining Experiences Scheme’ is part of a $260 million package that is aimed at returning Melbourne’s vibrant and diverse inner-city culture and hospitality scene back to its previously lively state.

Intended for both Melburnians and those outside the city and Victoria, the new $8.4 million initiative coined ‘Melbourne Money’ will provide diners with a 20% rebate off bills (up to a maximum value of $100) when they spend between $50 and $500 at pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants within the CBD precinct.

The rebate will be available for those who dine at venues across the City of Melbourne municipality, so we’re talking Southbank, Chinatown, Lygon Street, Docklands, North Melbourne and Kensington and at hospitality venues within sporting, arts and theatre precincts.

To claim the offer, all you’ll have to do is follow these three simple steps:

1. Once you’ve finished your meal, pay for the bill in full and collect the itemised receipt.
2. Upload your receipt and bank details via the secure Melbourne Money website.
3. The 20 per cent rebate will be credited to your nominated bank account within five business days after their claim has been approved.

You better get your skates on though as the initiative is first-in-first-served until funds run out.

This scheme follows the success of the Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme and the regional travel vouchers, with this new scheme seeing an allocation of $7.4 million to entice Melburnians and visitors to support city cafes and restaurants. The City of Melbourne will provide a further $1 million for the scheme.

“Life is returning to the CBD and we’re making sure the recovery continues with support for all of the things that Victorians and visitors love about Melbourne,” says Acting Premier James Merlino.

“We’re backing the buzz of our cafes, restaurants and bars – and the people who make their living from them.”

It is expected that more than 200,000 rebates will be handed out to diners.

You can read more about the incentive here.