Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA)


Improving tax compliance: deductions for work-related expenses

This project provides another example of the returns to government from small changes informed by behavioural insights. BETA partnered with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to reduce work-related expense claims by $2.2 million and increase tax paid by $0.9 million with a simple letter sent...

A better practice guide for NBN providers

BETA has partnered with the Australian Communications and Media Authority to develop a guide to help NBN providers present information to consumers more clearly. This guide challenges the assumption that people need more information to make better decisions, and suggests that less, clearer and more...

Improved compliance with the Deferred GST Scheme

BETA partnered with the Australian Tax Office to design and test behaviourally informed methods of communications aimed at improving compliance among businesses in the Deferred GST Scheme.

Easy as pie: encouraging greater survey completion

BETA partnered with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to develop and tests ways to encourage greater survey completion rates. DSS conducts a survey seeking client feedback on the outcomes they have experienced as a result of services delivered by grant funded organisations.

Nudge vs superbugs: a behavioural economics trial to reduce the overprescribing of antibiotics

This report outlines the results of a BETA and Department of Health trial that tested the impact of personalised letters from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer to high-prescribing GPs, prompting them to consider reducing antibiotic prescribing where appropriate and safe.