Dining and Entertainment Program returns

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The Labor Government’s popular Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program, Eat, Play, Cash Back has returned, saving Victorians money on café meals, live gigs and museum visits over spring and summer while supporting hardworking businesses.

The Program, open from 19 September, allows customers to claim 25 per cent cash back when they spend $40 or more in the hospitality industry.

“Whether it’s booking a table for lunch or heading to a live music event, this cash-back program puts money back into people’s pockets and supports hardworking businesses across Victoria,” says Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Ben Carroll.

“This program also helps build business and consumer confidence, while supporting jobs and boosting the state’s economy.”

Eligible purchases include meals at restaurants, cafés, and pubs, tickets to live music or art performances, and entries into museums, galleries, and amusement parks. Customers can claim up to $125 cash back each and make multiple claims until they reach the cap.

The Victorian government says the first round of the Program was launched in March this year and saw more than $32 million claimed in three months, with Hai Dai Lao, Dumpling Alley and Shanghai Red the most popular dining venues.

Trips to the cinema and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Princess Theatre were the most popular entertainment choices, according to the Victorian government.

“We welcome the return of the program, there are many businesses that will benefit from this boost. The news is timely as we head into the school holidays, and we look forward to seeing more Victorians out enjoying a meal with their family and friends,” says Lux Foundry Owner Daniel Amato.

The $25 million dollar Program is part of the Government’s $200 million Victorian Business Stimulus Package supporting local businesses and jobs and runs until 16 December 2022 or when funds are exhausted.

For more information and to make a claim visit vic.gov.au/dining-entertainment.

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