BehaviourWorks Australia is a research enterprise within the
Monash Sustainable Development Institute
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.
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.
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.
Understanding the debt crisis
With household debt in Australia at record levels, the need for financial counselling is becoming ever more important. Recent research by BWA looked at what behaviour change interventions might encourage people experiencing financial stress to seek help.
What behaviours are driving our wasteful ways with food?
In NSW, the average household disposes of around six litres of food waste a week. The Love Food Hate Waste program seeks to raise awareness of the impacts of food waste. The real question is, what's driving the behaviour?
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.