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Best Australian Online Survey Sites – Earn Over $2,000

Best Australian Online Survey Sites – Earn Over $2,000

Which Online Survey Sites Are the Best for Aussies? 

Online survey sites can be a great way to make money. Many can be done by Aussies even if they are American and it means you get paid in USD. 

Below are the ones that have been great for me, plus others recommended by readers which make most people $2,000 to $5,000 a year.

All of the following sites have personally been used by myself, friends and my family.

If you know of any more, feel free to let us know so we can check them out.

Either email them to or leave them in the comments.

To make money from online surveys, make sure you complete the profiles accurately and update them if your circumstances change.

It’s your profile that is matched to the needs of those running the survey.

If they aren’t accurate you’ll get screened out.

The sites I have listed below have more options to make money as well.

Make sure you set up a separate email address for online surveys. You can get a lot of notifications that will fill your inbox.

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Disclosure, a couple of these are affiliate links. You can find my full disclosure here.

1. Octopus – $1,200 Annually

Octopus Group is the highest paying online survey site in Australia, they also send the most surveys in our experience.

They clearly outline how long it will take and how much you will be paid. In our experience, they are the most accurate for this.

However, customer service is typically rude, some readers report they just get screened out a lot and there were other issues previously. We did a full review of Octopus Group here.

You can sign up for Octopus here.

2. Swagbucks – Average $1,200 Annually

With minimal effort, Swagbucks has consistently been one of my favourites. You can earn money with games, TV, and surveys, using Swagbucks to search instead of Google, using the Swagbucks extension to earn points on your shopping, completing the daily poll and joining Swago.

$175 USD a month is the most I have made. $50 to $100 is more common. 

You earn “Swagbucks” which are converted to cash (in US Dollars, so generally worth more) or gift cards on the site.

I have been using them for a few years and while not a huge moneymaker, I use them for things I already do so the points add up.

Plus, many gift cards go on sale so petrol, Big W or similar cards worth $50, only cost $39 using points.

Download the app and you can make money doing a survey while waiting for your coffee, answer the daily poll in an ad break while watching TV, do a quick shop while waiting for your kids to finish school or search for anything while waiting for dinner to cook.

You can redeem your Swagbucks instantly online with 500 Swagbucks being equal to $5 can’t cash out until you are at 2,500 or $25.

3. Prize Rebel – $450USD Annually

Prize Rebel is newer for me so I wanted to test it more. Last month I made $35 USD through it with little effort.

It’s free to join and while I didn’t make as much as other sites with it, you might make more. It’s free to join here.

4. Pawns.App

We tried this one only recently. The pay is extremely low compared to Octopus Group, however, there were a lot of surveys and customer service were easy to deal with.

Pawns.App has a lot of companies I personally use though so that made the surveys easier and more appealing. Join Pawns.App for free.

5. Market Research Options – $100 hr

Market research is slightly different from online surveys.

The opportunities are usually spaced out a little more, the screening surveys can take a little time but the payments can be much higher. I

I have regularly gotten $100 to $150 with Farron Research and I have often had $50+ worth of food or $100+ in cash with Social Soup, doing market research.

Sometimes the market research is done in the office, other times it can be done online or from home.

6. Purkle – $0 for me

I haven’t made anything with them but readers have sworn by Purkle so I am including it here.

As with the others, you get sent surveys or you can log in. It is a reasonably easy process to sign up and do the surveys.

7. Market Agent – $50 for me

This was super easy to sign up for and has offered a few surveys. Other readers make e a decent amount from Market Agent.

8. Pureprofile

Pureprofile is not one I particularly like but it is the second most popular with readers of The Thrifty Issue so that’s a good sign.

The pay varies a lot so check every survey. They do pay you for getting screened out though so that is good and it is usually fairly quick if you are going to be screened out.

I tried it again recently, it had fewer surveys than other sites, I got screened out more and while I will say it is ok, it won’t ever be one of my favourites.

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Other Sites

I have come across a few other online survey sites I will test out and add here if they are ok.

I have tried RewardsCentral and MyOpinions in the past but it took over a year to earn enough to cash out back then, some readers have now said they earn good money with them, though others still say there are issues and they’re scams.

Bonus tips

– Be aware you are not going to make a full-time income filling out surveys. The hourly rate is typically pretty low and it can be slow.

Most people I know use it as a way to reduce the pressure of Christmas or as a way to save for a holiday/other extras.

– Get a separate email address for survey sites. They can send a lot of mail which feels like it is cluttering your inbox plus some companies (not the ones we have listed) are unethical and sell your email address or spam you.


Your Voice has now been reported by a few readers as being one to not payout and closing accounts with no warning/no reason.

To be clear, these are readers I trust and have known for a while. Avoid Your Voice.

Rewards Central is the lowest paying, worst online survey site in Australia. You will eventually get paid, but it takes forever and is not worth looking at!
Two members have reported issues with Survey Junkie too.
I’ll add more as I hear of them.

If you know of other survey sites, let us know! Do you do online surveys? What is your experience?

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Monday 3rd of January 2022

Avoid scam Attapoll. After a few weeks, my account disabled without any reason. Of course, I can't withdraw remaining cash from my account.

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Monday 3rd of January 2022

Interesting, as myself and others I know haven't had that issue. Thank you for sharing your experience though!

M Davies

Monday 15th of November 2021

Rewardia has been surprisingly good throughout the lockdowns!

Sitting on the couch in PJ'S, doing a few surveys a day, I got about $150 after a fortnight! Gift cards are the option I go for as they are instant use at woolworth when you redeem the points for it. Heaps of options for gift cards, in store ones and online. You can also cash out direct to your account which I intend to do but haven't yet as I don't know how long it would take to go through buy will give it a go.

You can also earn points by playing different games on the site and they have offers all the time such as... complete a 'green' survey and earn 300 bonus points... when that comes up just make sure you press Activate offer before doing the relevant survey for the bonus points.

All up I am pleasantly surprised and the ability to make a little bit of side cashish is most definitely there... just know that it is not an alternative to a regular income. All the best! M x

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Wednesday 17th of November 2021

The games and bonus points are great! So glad you enjoy it. Thank you.

Jay Kaushal

Friday 25th of June 2021

There is a real good company from Australia.

They frequently organize surveys from different groups like Business Owners in various industries, Doctors (Dentists) or People who invest in stocks etc.

They pay like $150 for 60 mins for Paid Market Research.

They are pretty frank and open and they should also be included in your list.

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Wednesday 30th of June 2021

That's great. We have market research companies listed separately here


Monday 21st of December 2020

Hi, I have been using Qmee for the past couple of months and I rate it 10 out of 10. They have an app to download from Google play store if you have an Android, signing up is straightforward and simple, make sure to fully complete your profile and your set ready to go. It's better to keep active and keep completing surveys each day as the reward goes up by 10%. You can cash out at any amount there is no set amount and payment can either be a gift card, donation to charity or a transfer into your PayPal account which is paid instantly there's no wait time. I have not had a single problem with Qmee at all it's all very straightforward and easy. I definitely recommend this app

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Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Thank you, Lisa! We will check it out.


Thursday 26th of November 2020

Well where do I start. I have been doing online surveys since 2004 and some like Pureprofile, I am still doing. I have about 18 on my favourites list but really only a few like PP, Lifepoints, Purkle, MyOpinions, Valued Opinions, Octopus, RewardsCentral, MyView, Survey Village, NewsConnect, Empowered Surveys and OpinionWorld are actually worth doing. However, some like OW, RC, MV, SV and Purkle can take a long time to gt enough points to redeem a $20 ecard. I usually make around $40 to $100 a week which I redeem for ecards to buy groceries online. Now RewardsCentral used to be good at replying but for most of this year, not one reply when I send a message about missing points. I have worked out that they now owe me around 25,000 to 30,000 points. Some have FB pages but some like RC do not. Or some do but never interact with members. So now I refuse to do long ones from RC. Besides, about 90% don't work anyway. PP would get 10/10 but I give it 7/10 because of their ridiculous redemption policy of only allowing you to redeem a maximum of $70 in 60 days. They keep saying they are looking into it and are going to make changes but the only one was raising it from $50 to $70. I have suggested many times that they could change it to $100 a month but I have been warned to not go on about it or I will have my account deleted. I have nearly $200 in my account but have to wait until the end of December to redeem MY money but again, only a maximum of $70. I am on DSP and have many health and physical issues so stay home pretty much all the time. I do enjoy doing most of the surveys but don't like the long ones that pay very little. Apologies for the length of this message. I wish someone would make a FB page like this one about which survey sites are good or bad.

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Thursday 26th of November 2020

Hi Jonno, thank you so much for sharing your experience! It helps others when they get to read it. We do discuss it a little in The Thrifty Issue Facebook Group sometimes you can join here.

I agree about PureProfile, the limit on cashing out has been frustrating for many, especially if you want to save it for Christmas which makes sense.

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