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Welcome to BehaviourWorks Australia.


A leading behaviour change research enterprise within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.
We bring behaviour change researchers together with government and industry to find behavioural solutions to real-world problems.

What we do

BehaviourWorks Australia conducts research in collaboration with behaviour change practitioners in government, industry and the not-for-profit sector. Our role is to provide evidence on which behaviour change approach is most likely to work in addressing 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’re passionate about bridging the research-practice gap by working in partnership 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. We seek to align our projects to the SDGs.

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The BehaviourWorks Method

Developed over several years, the BehaviourWorks Method is a tried and tested approach to behaviour change.

Consisting of three overarching phases – Exploration, Deep Dive and Application – The Method helps organisations gather the evidence they need to make better program and investment decisions. The page below provides a quick visual overview. For more detailed information, visit The Method Book page.


World first Scale Up Toolkit

When a behaviour change intervention has worked in a pilot or trial, how can we scale it up to achieve greater impact and reach? Our new toolkit provides resources to help practitioners scale up their interventions.

Protecting biodiversity around farming

To improve their engagement with farmers on wetland protection in south-west Victoria, talked to w wide range of stakeholders to investigate and understand how these protections can coexist with cropping.

Retirement Confidence Index

With many of us now expected to live well into our eighties, retirement is becoming a longer and more meaningful phase of life. With AustralianSuper, we're investigating what a ‘good retirement’ means.

Social Inclusion Index - a new benchmark?

This first-of-its-kind Social Inclusion Index underpins the work of Inclusive Australia. It gives everyone a benchmark to measure how well we're doing in tackling discrimination.