Meals in Melbourne means money back

The City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government’s $8.4 million ‘Melbourne Money’ dining scheme kicks off today, as restrictions ease and the city begins to bounce back.

​Whether Melburnians are indulging in dumplings in Chinatown, a riverside lunch in Southbank or burgers in the city, they can claim 20 per cent of their money back – including takeaway picked up in-store.

Food outlets in entertainment precincts like the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Princess Theatre are also eligible.

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:

“If the city is within your 25 kilometre bubble, we’d love to see you back in the city this weekend, supporting our local traders and enjoying a meal in the culinary capital of Australia,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Whether you’re partial to a five-course meal or a few pizzas in the park – there’s something here for everyone.

“Drawing people back into the city is critical to get our economy humming again, and this initiative is a great boost for hospitality businesses.

“We know that for every dollar spent on hospitality, there is a commensurate boost to retail and entertainment.”

“The number of people in the CBD plummeted to 20 per cent of pre-COVID levels in this latest lockdown, and now that restrictions have started to ease, we want to help local businesses bounce back safely and quickly.”

Quotes attributable to City Activation portfolio lead, Councillor Roshena Campbell:

“To make life easier on businesses who have done it tough after multiple lockdowns, we’re automatically including all eligible businesses in Melbourne Money. No registration is required.

“Cafe, bar and restaurant owners from Lygon Street to Southbank are eager to welcome customers back after this most recent lockdown. Melbourne Money will give a vital boost to our venues as they re-open their doors to diners. 

“We know how hard hit our hospitality sector has been by COVID restrictions. This is a great chance for Victorians to eat out to support our restaurants and enjoy one of the things our city does best.”

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