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- Questions on Notice No 5929
- Assembly59 Parliament First Session
- Asked: 6 May 2021
Question on Notice
Ms McLeish to ask the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events — With reference to Round Two of the 2020–21 Regional Travel Voucher Scheme, which opened for registration on 20 January 2021:
(1) How much of the scheme’s $28 million budget was expended.
(2) How much has the Government spent on administration of the scheme.
(3) What was the distribution of the vouchers, broken down by postcode and local government area.
(4) What were the destinations where vouchers were used, broken down by postcode and local government area.
- Answered: 18 June 2021
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The Victorian Government was pleased to announce the $27.9 million Regional Travel Voucher Scheme on 18 November 2020. The vouchers are valued at $200 each and have been designed to give the public confidence to travel and support regional Victoria's important tourism industry. Following the first round held on 11 December 2020, the Government provided a further $6 million for 30,000 additional vouchers.
On 21 February 2021, the Government announced a further $10 million to expand the scheme to include a new Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme, offering 40,000 $200 vouchers, for travel in greater Melbourne, and an additional 10,000 vouchers to support travel in regional Victoria. The Regional Travel Voucher Scheme and Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme now spans 200,000 vouchers for eligible Victorians.
To date, we have launched three rounds of the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme and one round of the Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme. Although both Schemes continue, as at 10 May 2021, approximately $16 million has been paid to applicants for Rounds 1 and 2 of the regional scheme and the Melbourne scheme.
As the Scheme remains in progress, a full accounting of costs will be undertaken at the completion of the program.
Information on the allocation of vouchers to applicants by postcode under the three rounds of the Regional Travel Voucher Scheme and the Melbourne Travel Voucher Scheme is set out below:
- Applications span 676 unique postcodes
- The top 10 postcodes are 3000, 3023, 3029, 3030, 3064, 3121, 3149, 3150, 3152, and 3977
- The top 10 postcodes represent 14% of all vouchers
- No one postcode has received more than 2.4% (or 4,850) of vouchers.
Information on destinations visited according to claims submitted for Round 1 and Round 2, is set out below:
- Round 1 Top 5 destinations (38.3%): Alpine Shire Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Surf Coast Shire Council
- Round 2 Top 5 destinations (42.8%) are: Bass Coast Shire Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Surf Coast Shire Council,
These figures speak for themselves and demonstrate that Victorians really are exploring their state far and wide with thanks to the Victoria Government’s travel voucher scheme.
THE HON MARTIN PAKULA MP
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events