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Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour

BehaviourWorks leads the Australian chapter of the Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) study, a real-time survey tracking how groups of people all over the world are responding to health messages – and changing their behaviour - in response to the pandemic.

The SCRUB project aims to provide current and future policymakers with actionable insights into public attitudes and behaviours relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project involves more than 120 international collaborators and more than 20,000 surveys have been completed in 40 countries so far.


The Australian SCRUB team is funded by the Victorian State Government. The team is led by BWA Research Fellow Alexander ‘Zan’ Saeri, alongside Peter Slattery and Emily Grundy and Michael Noetel from the Australian Catholic University.


SCRUB questions are constantly updated, the data is open, and the results are rapidly shared in an interactive online dashboard. After each wave of data collection, the Australian team generates and disseminates an updated report to relevant policy actors. Several waves – with supporting discussions – are captured on this page. More details coming soon.

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SCRUB Round 10: Insights into Australians spending behaviour, mental health and access to services

In this round, we probe the financial experiences of Australians, how well people are complying with the rules, how well they’re coping and if they feel they have access to appropriate services.

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SCRUB COVID-19 Survey Wave 7: How the health and compliance of Australians is changing over time

Coronavirus outbreaks in Australia’s eastern states and in New Zealand are leading to a greater compliance in COVID-safe behaviours.

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Covid-19 SCRUB survey waves 1 and 2: What are Australians doing and who are they listening to?

Waves 1 and 2 of the SCRUB project are giving policymakers actionable insights into public attitudes and behaviours relating to the pandemic.

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SCRUB findings Round 9: Australians’ compliance and attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccine

Almost 90% of Australians believe they can follow COVID-19 related rules and regulations for as long, or longer, than is currently requested by authorities and most are willing to be vaccinated.

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SCRUB project wave 4: Australians’ views on private gatherings, remote working and getting tested

This round focuses on the personal protective behaviours Australians are maintaining, while being inundated with reports of COVID-19 cases.

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SCRUB COVID-19 findings Round 8: Australians are still complying but testing remains a challenge

The latest results from the Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) project reveal that more than a third of Australians with cold- or flu-like symptoms spent time in public and almost one in five attended work in person.

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Wave 3 SCRUB Covid-19 survey: Findings about Australians’ protective behaviours

Data from wave 3 shows that protective behaviours, such as hand-washing, are dynamically changing over time. It makes recommendations on what policymakers should do prevent or address more risky behaviour.