Victorians snap up $1 million in dining rebates

Victorians have claimed $1 million in cash back in the first week of the ‘Melbourne Money’ dining scheme, as people return to the city’s restaurants, cafes and bars.

​The City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government’s $8.4 million ‘Melbourne Money’ initiative offers diners 20 per cent off meals in the municipality.

Diners who spend more than $50 are eligible to claim, with a maximum rebate of $100, and the cashback process is as simple as uploading a receipt online.

The scheme will be available until all funds are exhausted so Melburnians are encouraged to take advantage of this offer and submit claims quickly to avoid disappointment.

‘Melbourne Money’ is offered in partnership with the Victorian Government as part of its $107.4 million contribution to bolster City of Melbourne businesses and bring the buzz back.

To make a claim, visit

Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp

“More than 30,000 people have already made claims on their dining bills, which means $5 million flowing into our local hospitality businesses,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Pedestrian activity is at 37 per cent compared to the weekday average before the pandemic, and is up by 122 per cent compared to the two Fridays during lockdown.

“We expect to see the number of pedestrians in the city climb this weekend now that the 25 kilometre bubble has lifted and our cafes, restaurants and pubs can serve more patrons.

 “More people in the city means more Melburnians claiming money back on their meals – so make sure you get in quick while funds are available.”

“Whether you’re grabbing a pub lunch with mates or yum cha with your colleagues, it’s easy to claim cash back to your bank account with Melbourne Money.”

Quotes attributable to City Activation portfolio lead, Councillor Roshena Campbell

“Reaching the $1 million milestone means local businesses are reaping the benefits of Melbourne Money,” Cr Campbell said.

“Tens of thousands of receipts are being snapped and uploaded to our Melbourne Money website, a clear sign our hard-hit hospitality sector is receiving a much needed boost.

 “We have cut the red tape for our businesses with Melbourne Money – eligible hospitality businesses are automatically part of the program.”

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