Article last updated: January 2021
Doing online surveys can be a nifty way to make money. Not that we suggest you give up your day job, but earning a bit extra on the side is always a bonus.
Not all online survey websites are equal. Some offer cash, others vouchers. Many offer friend referrals, which can be just as lucrative as doing the surveys. And their size and reputation will dictate the amount and the quality of surveys they have for you.
When you join an online survey website, you will need to provide information so they can match you with the right surveys. This includes age, postcode, marital status, how many kids, type of work etc. Based on the details you provide, they will send you appropriate surveys. This way, if you are a low-earner, they will not send you a survey about diamonds or 5-star hotels, and vice versa.
With this in mind, here is our list of best paid surveys in Australia to earn money or rewards.
Top 15 best paid surveys in Australia
Octopus Group is one of the highest paying survey sites, letting you earn $4 to $8 per survey. People love that earnings are in cash and can be transferred directly to their bank accounts. While some say they don’t get too many offers, the ones they did get were high paying. To boost your earnings, ask your friends and family to sign up via a referral link.
Prize Rebel has been around since 2007 with $19 million in cash and rewards redeemed since then. It’s free and quick to sign up, and there are many ways to earn rewards: answering surveys, watching videos, completing offer walls and tasks and through referrals. The website offers hundreds of rewards, mostly in the form of gift cards from brand names like Amazon, Target, Coles, Woolworths, Starbucks and iTunes. Points can also be redeemed through PayPal and ACH bank transfer. Reviews say that payouts are fast (about 24 hours) and there are plenty of surveys, but be prepared for frequent rejections.
Earnings per survey: From $0.50
Form of payment: Direct bank deposit, PayPal cash, electronic and physical gift cards (Amazon, eBay, Target, Starbucks and more), game cards
Minimum withdrawal: $2 for Amazon gift cards and $5 for other rewards
Friend referral program: Earn between 20-30% (based on account level) of what your referrals earn
With over 3 million global members, MyView is a popular platform for earning rewards by taking surveys and entering contests. This Aussie version of I-Say lets you answers polls about trending topics and enter a lottery to win $2000 MyView points each month. Their parent company, Ipsos, conducts more that 70 million interviews a year. Members get 4 invitations to answer surveys each month, with each survey taking around 10-30 minutes to complete. The points you earn can be traded for vouchers, physical gift cards and donations to charity. No cash rewards available at the time of this writing, but make sure to check their website for updates.
Earning per survey: $1 to $3
Form of payment: Vouchers, physical gift cards, charitable donations
Minimum withdrawal: $10
Friend referral program: Invite friends to join MyView and earn 300 points for every successful referral.
Get paid to complete surveys, play games and watch videos at Rewardia, a survey site exclusively for Australia residents. Their rewards include gift cards from major retailers and cash that can be withdrawn to your bank account once you hit $50 or 50,000 points. Reviewers say there are plenty of surveys to complete, although earnings per survey tend to be low (a 10-minute survey gives you a paltry $0.50). There are always offers available and the more active you are on the site, the higher your total earnings will be.
Earning per survey: Up to $0.50
Form of payment: Cash, gift cards
Minimum withdrawal: $50 for bank transfer and $5 for gift cards
Friend referral program: Earn 10% of your friend’s earnings on purchases, surveys and games for life.
Triaba is a paid survey company that has survey panels in 86 countries. Sign up is quick and easy (make sure to provide as much information about yourself as you can to increase your chances of getting survey invites) and most people will get their first survey in 2-3 weeks. Triaba’s payout per survey is relatively high and you only need $8.50 in your account to cash out via PayPal. The number of surveys you get per month depends on things like your age, interest and location.
Earning per survey: From $0.5 to $6 or more
Form of payment: PayPal, Amazon vouchers and G-Codes
Minimum withdrawal: $8.50
Friend referral program: NA
Swagbucks is not strictly a paid survey company, although they do offer rewards for taking surveys. There are multiple ways to earn money with Swagbucks, like watching videos, downloading apps and playing games. Pay out per survey is not the highest, but there are so many other ways to earn money that it’s worth signing up even if you’re just an occasional user.
Toluna is one of best known online survey websites. The company runs other survey programs like Give Us Your 2 Cents. They work with market research companies that create the surveys, which usually take from 15 to 20 minutes to complete. It’s free to sign up, and you can earn from $1 to $3 on average per survey. We like that there are plenty of offers available, although actual earning opportunities may vary based on your profile information.
Earnings per survey: $1 to $3, up to $15 for some surveys
Form of payment: PayPal, e-vouchers and Toluna points
Minimum withdrawal: $5
Friend referral program: Earn 500 points per referral
Survey Rewardz is a market research firm that lets you join for free. People as young as 13 can sign up. We like that surveys are available daily and there are multiple options to cash out, including Visa and Amazon gift card. Each survey pays from $0.50 to $5 depending on the length of the survey. Complaints about Survey Rewardz are usually related to accounts being closed without warning and limited earning opportunities.
Earnings per survey: $2 on average
Form of payment: PayPal, Payza, cheque, Amazon gift card, prepaid Visa gift card
Minimum withdrawal: $1 for PayPal cash out
Friend referral program: Earn $3 when your referral earns $3 plus 15% commission on all surveys your referrals complete
Online surveys to earn money or rewards (cont.)
Pureprofile is a marketing firm and survey panel that pays people for their opinions. Earnings can run up to $5 for short surveys and up to $30 for complex surveys. This is quite high compared to other companies, and many members stick around for this reason. Also, if you receive a survey and don’t meet the research criteria, you still get a small payment. Reviews are mixed though, with some people saying it can take many weeks between earning opportunities and others complaining about not being paid.
Earning per survey: $0.10 to $5 on average, Up to $30 for complex surveys
Form of payment: PayPal, bank transfer, gift cards, petrol discounts, movie tickets
Minimum withdrawal: $20
Friend referral program: Earn $2 for every friend that joins. Referrals must complete at least two surveys before you can receive earnings.
Atta Poll’s app is highly rated on Google Play and Apple compared to other paid survey apps. Reviewers like that the app is easy to navigate and payouts are quick. There are a lot of surveys to choose from, and you can decide how many you want to receive each day or week. You can even choose the length of surveys you want to be invited to. They pay in cash with PayPal or through Bitcoin and Ethereum with a minimum withdrawal of $5.51. You can also earn additional credits by referring your friends.
Earning per survey: Less than $1 on average, actual payout depends on survey length
Form of payment: PayPal, Bitcoin, Ethereum
Minimum withdrawal: $3 for PayPal cash out
Friend referral program: Get 50 credits when your referral installs Atta Poll and completes at least 5 surveys.
My Opinions is a popular survey site in Australia. While user reviews are mixed, people like the number of surveys available and opportunities to earn. You get from $0.10 to $4 on average for each survey. Longer surveys generally pay more but are also more difficult to get. We like the fact that you still get points even if you get screened out before completing the survey. Besides cash, My Opinions also offers gift cards, coupons and prize draw entries.
Earnings per survey: $0.10 to $4 on average, actual earnings depend on survey length
Form of payment: PayPal, gift cards, coupons, sweepstakes entries
Minimum withdrawal: $10 for Flexi eGift card, $20 for PayPal cash out
Friend referral program: Earn up to 500 points (referrals must complete at least one survey)
Give Us Your 2 Cents is run by Toluna, but there’s a huge difference between the two companies: Here you don’t earn points or cash rewards. Instead, you get a chance to enter a sweepstakes for $50,000 after answering some demographic questions like date of birth, race, education, employment and yearly income. They’re upfront about the ‘reward’ on their website and don’t mention cash anywhere. If you’re completely new to online surveys this is a great place to start.
Earnings per survey: $0, unless you win the $50,000 sweepstakes prize
Form of payment: Cash
Minimum withdrawal: Not applicable
Friend referral program: Not applicable
Best paid surveys in Australia (cont.)
Opinion World runs market research campaigns and other survey sites like My Opinions. Signing up is free and simple (you can use your Google or Facebook account). They let people as young as 15 sign up as long as the parent or guardian applies on their behalf. After joining, Opinion World will send you emails periodically (once a month on average) to take surveys. Not all surveys pay cash though; some offer sweepstakes entries and donations.
Earnings per survey: $1 on average
Form of payment: PayPal, gift cards (iTunes, Target, Woolworths, Coles, JB Hi-Fi), chance to enter quarterly sweepstakes to win $10,000
Minimum withdrawal: $10 for PayPal cash out
Friend referral program: NA
WDYT is fairly new in the online paid survey scene, which is great because there’s not as much competition for surveys as more established websites. The biggest draw of WDYT is their $5 bonus just for signing up. After that it gets quite difficult to rack up points as earnings per survey can go as low as $0.10 and the minimum withdrawal is pretty high at $25. You do get additional rewards for referring friends and family.
Earnings per survey: Starts at $0.10
Form of payment: Bank transfer, gift cards, e-vouchers
Minimum withdrawal: $25
Friend referral program: Bonuses for each referral
Unlike other paid survey websites, Yougov’s reach is quite broad. Members in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific can take surveys and earn rewards. The company is based in the U.K. so members in that region can expect more earning opportunities. Pay out per survey is pretty low at $0.20 or even less, but you can accumulate more points if you’re consistent. Many reviewers report that it takes forever to earn the minimum withdrawal amount.
Earnings per survey: From $0.20
Form of payment: PayPal, bank transfer, gift cards, e-vouchers, sweepstakes entries, charity donations
Minimum withdrawal: Depends on type of reward
Friend referral program: Receive a reward for each new member that signs up via your referral link and completes at least six surveys.
To finish our best paid surveys list, we have Valued Opinions, which is a market research agency that is part of a bigger group. Their surveys are sent to members whose profiles match their target demographics. Surveys usually take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and pay from $2 to $5, higher than many companies on this list. However, payment is not in cash but in the form of gift cards and vouchers for their partner stores: Coles, Rebel Sport, iTunes, Woolworths, Bunnings, Hoyts and more. You definitely won’t get rich taking their surveys, but the vouchers are awesome if you shop online a lot.
Earning per survey: $2 to $5
Form of payment: Gift cards and vouchers
Minimum withdrawal: $20
Friend referral program: Get $2 for each referral who completes a survey.
If paid surveys are not your thing, or you want more work from home ideas, take a look at this article: 21 Ways for single mums to make extra money from home.