Applying Behavioural Science to Create Change

Whether tackling global issues like reducing food waste, or organisational challenges like workplace bullying and burnout, understanding behavioural science is key to achieving your goals in changing behaviour for good.

Master the science behind behaviour change and understand how to make a lasting impact in our award-winning 8-week online course. Learn from our qualified behavioural scientists who combine their expert knowledge with a variety of practical tools to help you understand how to apply behavioural science principles to create meaningful change in Applying Behavioural Science to Create Change.

Is this right for me?

This course is for you if you are new to behaviour change and would like to gain a broad understanding of exploring, deep diving, and applying behavioural science methods, tools and techniques for social impact.

For those who have already taken this course, and have a behaviour in mind that they wish to change, consider taking Designing Impactful Behaviour Change Programs.


  • Delivered in 8 modules of learning spread across 10 weeks with three opportunities for live sessions with our behavioural scientists
  • Self-paced and fully online
  • This course is available as both an assessed or non-assessed program, more information is in our FAQs

What's covered:

  1. Understanding the role of behavioural science in policy and practice
  2. Learning how the BehaviourWorks Method is applied to behaviour change programs
  3. Defining ‘behaviour’ and describing its main influences
  4. Unpacking complex issues using behavioural science
  5. Gathering evidence to inform decision-making
  6. Critically evaluating, selecting and applying appropriate behaviour change tools
  7. Designing an evaluation framework

Delivered to Monash University’s quality standards, this is our most sought after course. Since 2019, this course has received great reviews from more than 600 professionals from various fields both in government and industry, and in 2023 won the coveted Monash Vice Chancellor award for Excellence.

“The variety of presentation - downloads, videos, podcasts, forums etc. These help present the information in engaging ways. The module structures were consistent, which helped with pacing through the course”



“I've really enjoyed the format and mix of eBooks and videos, interactive questions, quizzes and discussion forums. I thought it worked wonderfully well in and made for an engaging learning experience.”


Org Development and Learning Specialist

"Honestly, this course was great! I really appreciated the ability to learn at your own pace. My full-time work was in an intense high-pressure period so being able to catch up and go back to review content as needed was ideal for me.”


Policy Officer, DELWP

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Frequently asked questions

What format of course do you run?

Our training portfolio offers a variety of opportunities to suit a wide range of needs, from half-day or two day short introduction or foundation programs, a 15 hour skills development course (toolbox series/short courses) to an eight week bootcamp, and our 12 week accredited program. We also welcome applications for our doctoral program for the truly behaviour obsessed!

What is a digital badge?

Digital badges are a widely used and reputable method of verifying your learning. By sharing your digital badge (usually a small graphic linked to details about your course or credential), you can demonstrate your skills, build trust with your prospective employers and your professional network, and enhance your personal brand and your career.

Through your badge, you can also create a printable course certificate. Here you can find out more about Digital Credentials at Monash.

What is the difference between assessed and non-assessed?

Our Applying Behavioural Science to Create Change course can be completed with or without assessment. Detailed assessment information can be found here.

There are also opportunities for formative assessment available to all learners in the course, provided by behaviour change experts, through short online learning checkpoints. There is no requirement for students to complete assessments if they are registered to the non-assessed version of the course .

Learners who successfully meet all assessment requirements of the assessed version of the course are eligible to apply for six credit points for the equivalent Masters unit (ENS5520 – Understanding Human Behaviour to Influence Change) on admission to the Master of Environment and Sustainability at Monash University.

Program fees:
Assessed: $2,500 inc. GST
Non-assessed: $2,200 inc. GST

Can you provide training for my organisation?

We have specialist courses for organisations, from a coaching and mentoring team-based bootcamp to bespoke, tailored programing to meet identified needs within your team. Please get in touch to discuss you requirements.

How often do the courses run?

We have a calendar of delivery dates for open to market offerings. If there is something you are interested in that is not in the calendar, let us know!

What makes your course different to a traditional university course?

All BehaviourWorks Australia programs focus on providing our participants with the knowledge and confidence to apply practical behaviour change tools and methods in their workplace/life.

Who runs the course?

All our courses are delivered by the experienced and engaging BehaviourWorks Australia applied research team. The researchers are all engaged with cutting-edge projects with clients, using evidence based behavioural science to address real world problems. This means we draw on live examples and personally developed case studies in the programs.

How much experience do I need to participate?

We offer programs to suit everyone, from those who are just starting to explore behaviour change and what it offers, to those who have already been applying in their work and want to boost their toolkit, to organisations who want to support their own behavioural insights team.

Is behaviour change applicable to my industry?

Understanding WHO needs to DO WHAT differently, and exploring why people do the things they do, is at the heart of many government departments, industries and life itself! All our work is underpinned by the Sustainable Development Goals, and we work across sectors including health, societal equity, financial development and environmental protection. If you work with people and problems, a behavioural perspective could be extremely helpful in increasing your program or policy effectiveness.

I am not based in Victoria - do you have any online offerings?

Yes! We have online courses with the same content and same fantastic interactive delivery techniques as our face to face programs. We design our online programs with flexibility in mind, so that working professionals and others can easily access the content at a time that suits their needs.