Every adult in NSW is set to receive $100 in vouchers to spend at hospitality and entertainment venues in a bid to boost the COVID-hit sectors.
The vouchers will be split into four and will each be worth $25 – two will be designated for hospitality venues and the remaining two for venues such as galleries, cinemas, amusement parks and theatres.
The will be available via the Service NSW app.
Customers will be able to visit a Service NSW Centre and access the voucher if they don’t have a smartphone. The details of that are still being worked through.
It’s set to cost the state government $500 million according to NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s.
The scheme, known as Out & About, is set to be launched in Sydney’s CBD as a trial in December before being expanded to other locations next year.
“We want to encourage people to shop and spend with businesses multiple times, to get out and about and support their local community safely,” Perrottet said.
The vouchers will be made available through Service NSW and will be single-use to “encourage people to open up their wallets and contribute to the stimulus effect,” Perrottet said.
The vouchers won’t be allowed to be spent on cigarettes, alcohol, gambling and general retail.
They could also be restricted to be used on weekdays only.
Businesses will have to be registered as COVID-safe if they want to participate in the scheme.