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NSW Dine & Discover stimulus program enters trial phase

Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores
12 February 2021 1 minute readShare
The Rock Sydney

The NSW government’s $500 million Dine & Discover program to stimulate the state’s arts and hospitality sector has entered its test phase in Sydney’s The Rocks area and in Broken Hill.

Under the program, registered businesses will be able to accept the Dine & Discover vouchers, and customers are encouraged to check in advance.

Phase 2 is expected to start later this month with pilots in the Northern Beaches, Sydney CBD and Bega Valley Shire Council. The state-wide rollout is expected to take place in March.


Registrations opened in January, whereby every NSW resident aged 18 and over will be eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total, to be spent in participating businesses.

The vouchers are divided into two categories:


  • Two $25 vouchers to be used for eating in at restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs and clubs from Monday to Thursday, excluding public holidays.
  • Two $25 vouchers to be used for entertainment and recreation, including cultural institutions, live music and arts venues, available seven days a week, excluding public holidays.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the program will help turbocharge local economies.

“We’ve heard loud and clear just how challenging it has been for businesses during the pandemic and this investment is exactly what the economy needs with things quietening down after a busy summer period,” Mr Perrottet said.

“Whether it’s a café, restaurant, museum or wildlife park, small businesses are the lifeblood of NSW, and we encourage people to embrace Dine & Discover and help support their communities and boost jobs.

“The testing phase will give businesses and customers an opportunity to test the technology and provide feedback, before the vouchers are rolled out across the state.”



Registered businesses will be able to access a new app that will enable them to read, validate and accept vouchers.

They will also be able to check transaction history and payments pending through their MyServiceNSW Business Profile.

Businesses can learn more about the NSW Dine & Discover program by here.

NSW Dine & Discover stimulus program enters trial phase
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Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is the deputy editor of MyBusiness. Before that, he was the deputy editor for SMSF Adviser as well as features editor for ifa (Independent Financial Adviser), InvestorDaily, Risk Adviser, Fintech Business and Adviser Innovation.

You can email Adrian at [email protected].

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