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  • BehaviourWorks Australia



    For a healthier, happier, more sustainable world

BehaviourWorks Australia is a research enterprise within the
Monash Sustainable Development Institute

We bring leading behaviour change researchers and practitioners together to find behavioural solutions to real-world problems.

What we do

BehaviourWorks Australia conducts research to help government departments, private sector and not-for-profit organisations make evidence-based decisions about which behaviour change approach is most likely to succeed in tackling social, environmental and organisational problems. 

Who we are

BWA researchers come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines including psychology, sociology, behavioural economics, health, systems thinking, political science and education. They seek to bridge the research-practice gap by collaborating with government and industry practitioners.

What we work on

Since 2011, BWA has worked on hundreds of behaviour change programs across the areas of health, sustainability, finance, regulation and compliance, energy, social inclusion, safety, consumer decision-making, organisational change, community engagement and more.


  • I have had the pleasure of working closely with BehaviourWorks Australia since its inception. BWA’s assistance in developing, implementing and evaluating behaviour change trials is one of its key strengths as a group.
    Stefan Kaufman, Senior Broker, Social Sciences Advisory and Modelling, 
Environment Protection Authority Victoria

Using SMS to increase vaccinations

The National Immunisation Program funds a Human Papillomavirus vaccine. In Vic this is delivered by councils through secondary schools. However, not all students are getting all three doses. We investigated the effectiveness of SMS reminders.

Untangling Hoddle Street traffic

Hoddle Street is one of Melbourne’s busiest roads and a critical link. To improve traffic flow, VicRoads decided to introduce P-Turns and Continuous Flow Intersections, seeking advice from BWA on how to encourage road users to use these innovations.

‘E-waste’ means gadgets aren’t garbage

Your old VHS machine, the iPhone 3 that won't hold a charge, the laptop that keeps crashing. These unwanted electronic and electrical items are called e-waste. How do we prevent them going to landfill?