From 9am Monday, Tasmanians will be able to snap up accommodation and tourism experience vouchers either online or in person at Service Tasmania.
Because it’s first-in-best-dressed, it’s important to understand exactly how you can claim yours.
The state government has provided $5 million to the scheme at first, to be topped up with a further $2.5 million depending on the proportion of vouchers for individuals and families, or the gap between accommodation and experience vouchers.
Small Business Minister Sarah Courtney said the government expects the vouchers to be exhausted rapidly – so get in quick!
The only way Tasmanians can grab a second voucher for themselves is if there is still funding available in the scheme after you have gone on your trip and claimed your voucher reimbursement.
Tasmanians will be asked to register their details, and will then be sent a link.
Once you have gone on your stay or tourism experience, you keep your receipt, go to the link provided and claim the redemption which will be paid into your bank account of choice.
Individuals are eligible for $100 accommodation and $50 experience vouchers each. Couples can also apply separately, but multiple vouchers cannot be used on the same accommodation or experience.
Families with two adults can grab two $150 accommodation vouchers for use on different nights, and two $50 experience vouchers. They can claim one $50 experience voucher per child, capped at three. The maximum amount a family can claim is $550.
When and where can I travel?
The vouchers are available for travel before the end of November.
Accommodation vouchers can be used for short-term stays on Sundays through to Thursdays.
These can include hotels, motels, Airbnbs, backpackers, hostels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, holiday parks, cottages, farm stays, retreats, lodges and any registered accommodation provider.
Experience vouchers can be used any day of the week.
What if I’ve already booked?
Vouchers can be used on prior bookings that fit into the above criteria (ie. correct nights of the week and months, short-term etc).
Simply get the receipt from your stay or experience and put the details in to redeem the voucher.
Safeguards against rorting
The online form requires a level of detail that would prevent Tasmanians from doubling up, Ms Courtney said.
When applying for a family, the names and details of adults is required.
“However, there’s also provisions available because we know that all families look different. So it can be for a single parent as well as two parents,” Ms Courtney said.
“There’s going to be spot checks along the way.”
Additional IT staff will also be on hand on Monday morning in case the website becomes overloaded.