More than 4.23 million people have already downloaded the vouchers since they were launched in March, spending a combined total of more than $357 million with registered businesses, factoring in the full spend, on top of the voucher amount.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said it has proved a popular stimulus measure and has helped support business recovery and revive consumer confidence.
“This is helping to fire up our economy. It’s not just boosting revenue for businesses, it’s bringing a fresh clientele through their doors eager to try a new eatery or exciting activity,” Mr Perrottet said.
“People of all ages and walks of life are giving them a go and we don’t want anyone to miss out. This extension will ensure everyone has a chance to use all four of their vouchers, which I’m sure will be particularly handy in the school holidays.”
Every adult in NSW is eligible for four $25 vouchers worth $100 in total, to spend across 14,000 participating businesses.
Government data shows dining out has been particularly popular, with patrons spending on average $41 for every $25 voucher used.
This increased spending at hospitality venues has a positive flow-on effect to the economy, through employment and purchases from upstream suppliers.
Adventure businesses have also benefited, along with institutions such as galleries and museums.
Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello believes the enthusiasm shown with the vouchers offer shows digital initiatives were the way of the future.
“More than $105 million has been spent directly in registered business regionally compared to almost $200 million in establishments in Sydney,” he said.
It’s not too late for businesses to register, and customers are encouraged to sign up and spend their vouchers before they expire on 31 July 2021.
“We’re giving people more time to take full advantage of these vouchers, so make sure you sign up and use them before you lose them,” Mr Perrottet added.
The vouchers had been due to expire on 30 June, but their usage has now extended until the end of July.
They can only be used at eligible businesses that have implemented a COVID Safety Plan and are registered as COVID Safe galleries and museums.
“Targeted stimulus is smart stimulus when helping communities and citizens battle back from a pandemic, and Dine & Discover has been able to support a wide range of businesses and industries,” Mr Dominello said.
“With about two in every three adults across NSW having now registered for the vouchers, having such a large portion of the NSW population on board means we can get money back into the community quickly.”