BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) wouldn’t be where it is today, as Australia’s largest independent applied research unit, without the support of its consortium partners.
Made up of a group of Victorian and Australian government agency partners, along with leading communications agency, The Shannon Company, the BWA consortium is the vehicle through which the partners collaborate, share intellectual property and build capacity for, and understanding of, behaviour change within their respective organisations, often at board level.
The consortium has played a critical role in shaping BWA’s unique enterprise, its research methodology and research agenda since 2011 and the ongoing support and commitment of the partners is greatly appreciated.
Champions of change
The ability for BWA researchers to share learnings, resources, techniques and expertise with their consortium partners has proven to be highly effective in terms of responding to project challenges. It has given life and momentum to many new ideas and behaviour change innovations and influenced the development of BWA’s unique methodology.
Day to day, the researchers benefit from the knowledge and experience of industry-based practitioners and consortium members benefit from being given access to specialist researchers, professional development opportunities and other benefits.
These long-term partnerships are just that; organisations typically seek to join the consortium after working with BWA for some time. While it is a preferred model, BehaviourWorks also welcomes short-term projects. See: Work with us.
The Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) brings together multi-disciplinary experts from many different fields to address the global challenges articulated in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As a founding partner, MSDI seeks to apply BWA’s extensive knowledge of, and experience in, developing effective behaviour change interventions to address the behavioural aspects of the SDGs.
Through our joint association with Monash University, we are able to draw upon a range of different research disciplines, including psychology, behavioural economics, sociology, marketing, education and law, to develop intervention strategies.
We also collaborate with other MSDI programs, such as ClimateWorks Australia and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, and work with the MSDI’s educational specialists to ensure that our interventions consider the environment and how we can continue attracting and training the next generation of researchers.
Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria is responsible for regulating pollution, ensuring that environmental regulations are effective, and being an influential authority on environmental impacts. The EPA aims to support a healthy environment for a liveable and prosperous Victoria.
EPA is a founding partner in the BehaviourWorks Australia partnership. Some of the projects we have collaborated on include redesigning letters to achieve improved compliance outcomes, implementing trials to reduce instances of illegal dumping, capturing the experiences of environment protection officers to inform a business behaviour segmentation framework, developing new warning signs using eye-tracking approaches, and exploring the opinions and responses of businesses to current compliance issues.
The Shannon Company is a specialist behaviour-change consultancy, with a mission to inspire people to change their behaviour – willingly, and for good.
The Shannon Company is a founding partner in the BehaviourWorks Australia partnership. We work together to integrate insights from the behavioural sciences into client solutions. These have included topics related to retirement savings, workplace safety, product purchases, and integrating sustainability practices within businesses.
Sustainability Victoria is the Victorian Government’s program delivery agency in environmental sustainability. It is dedicated to enhancing the state’s thriving and sustainable future by improving the way Victoria manages its resources and supporting communities to respond to climate change.
Sustainability Victoria is a founding partner in the BehaviourWorks Australia partnership. Some of the projects we have collaborated on include engaging households and businesses in integrated waste management and energy efficiency, literature reviews examining the impact of particular behaviour change approaches on a range of sustainability challenges (e.g., education for sustainability; recycling; home renovations; litter), and energy efficiency investment practices in commercial office buildings.
The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) New South Wales works to protect and conserve the NSW environment, including the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage and the built heritage, and also manages NSW national parks and reserves.
OEH has been a partner of BehaviourWorks Australia since 2012. In our first year, we worked closely together to adapt their Home Power Savings Program to include behaviour change approaches that energy assessors can use when visiting households. Since then, we have worked on projects related to creating demand for sustainable homes, engaging consumers on energy efficiency appliance purchases, and developing internal tools to better integrate behaviour change considerations into project designs.
WorkSafe Victoria actively works with the community to deliver outstanding workplace safety and return to work, together with insurance protection: ensuring Victorian workers return home safe every day.
WorkSafe Victoria has been a partner of BehaviourWorks Australia since 2014.
VicRoads plans, develops and manages the arterial road network and delivers road safety initiatives and customer focused registration and licensing services.
VicRoads has been a partner of BehaviourWorks Australia since 2015. Our current projects are looking at how letters sent to drivers can be re-designed to improve response rates to behavioural requests.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) strives to create liveable, inclusive and sustainable communities that support jobs and growth in Victoria. They recognise the link between the built and natural environment in the quality of Victorians’ lives, and work to accommodate population growth while maintaining world class liveability and protecting heritage for future generations.
DELWP became a BehaviourWorks partner in September 2015.