In March 2018, the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand announced a common approach to e-invoicing, formalised by an international arrangement signed in late 2018. The Trans-Tasman e-invoicing approach builds upon the Interoperability Framework developed by the Digital Business Council (DBC).
In late 2018, the Australian government asked that the ATO accelerate the implementation of e-invoicing and have the standards, infrastructure and interim governance in place by March 2019.
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22 February 2019
Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern established the Australia and New Zealand Electronic Invoicing Board (ANZEIB) which will set the e-invoicing direction and oversee the management and delivery arrangements of Trans-Tasman e-invoicing.
The Prime Ministers also announced the joint intention to adopt the Pan-European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) Interoperability Framework for Trans-Tasman e-invoicing. We will continue to work with DSPs over the coming weeks to understand what the transition plan to PEPPOL means for both Government and industry.
Working to the deadline of March 2019, the ATO ran a series of production pilots in early 2019 with a group of DSPs who had production-ready capability.
The pilots confirmed:
- the use of DCL in production
- functionality of an Access Point (AP) and Digital Capability Publishers (DCP)
- interoperability between Access Points.
They also successfully tested the transmission and processing of an e-invoice.
We will work with industry to capture and share the pilot learnings as we transition to implementing the new framework.
The current Trans-Tasman infrastructure, framework and associated governance arrangements will remain in place until PEPPOL arrangements are established.
The e-invoicing Interoperability Framework
Following the Prime Ministers’ announcements on 22 February, Australia and New Zealand are working to finalise their PEPPOL membership by mid-2019.
This will enable the transition to PEPPOL to take place by the end of the year, with businesses able to access the e-Invoicing framework from that time.
We will issue further guidance as it becomes available.
For more information on the PEPPOL framework click here.
The Trans-Tasman e-invoicing Interoperability Framework provides standards and implementation guidelines for developers.
DSPs can apply for interim accreditation using the Interim accreditation process guide (DOCX, 155KB).
Under this accreditation process, service providers operating under the Trans-Tasman e-invoicingInteroperability Framework will require authorisation to access the Digital Capability Locator which leverages the existing Digital Capability Locator Operational Framework requirements (DOCX, 760KB) and has been tailored for the e-invoicing environment. There is also a Digital Capability Locator Operational Framework Security Questionnaire (DOCX, 759KB) and Digital Capability Locator terms and conditions (DOCX, 237KB) service providers are required to complete that cover DCL requirements that are outside the Operational Framework scope.
You must contact us if you are planning to start or are already working on any design or implementation of the Trans-Tasman capability.
Please note the interim accreditation arrangements will be in place until the PEPPOL framework is implemented.
Accredited Trans-Tasman Access Points:
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The framework and implementation guides can be found below:
- The Trans-Tasman e-invoicing Policy on Business Identifiers (PDF, 495KB)
- The Trans-Tasman e-invoicing Interoperability Framework (PDF, 1MB)
- The Trans-Tasman e-invoicing Implementation Guide (PDF, 1.32MB)
- The Trans-Tasman e-invoicing Access Point Implementation Guide (PDF, 902KB)
- The Trans-Tasman e-invoicing Digital Capability Locator Implementation Guide (PDF, 1MB)
- The Trans-Tasman e-invoicing Digital Capability Publisher Implementation Guide (PDF, 1MB)
- The Trans-Tasman e-invoicing Semantic Model (PDF, 2MB)
- The Trans-Tasman e-invoicing Use Cases (PDF, 779KB)
- Trans-Tasman Interoperability Framework Guidance Note 1 (PDF, 159KB)
- Trans-Tasman Interoperability Framework Guidance Note 2 (PDF, 385KB)
- Trans-Tasman Interoperability Framework Guidance Note 3 (PDF, 325KB)
The ANZEIB will provide oversight and e-invoicing direction. The board will be supported by a number of working groups made up of government and industry representatives.
- An Operational Network Group (ONG) that will be responsible for:
- overall monitoring of the health of the network
- raising and resolving of network operational issues
- proposed changes which might affect the running of the network
- co-ordinated management of any network changes arising from changes to the framework
- identifying any matters which might require broader changes to the framework.
- A Network Technical Group reporting to ONG will support and enable collaboration on IT and other more technical aspects of network operations.
Technical issues relating to the framework are managed by the existing e-invoicing Technical Working Group.
Further information on the two new groups will be available shortly.
- Media release 22 February 2018: e-Invoicing takes the next step for Australian and New Zealand SMEs
- Media release 31 May 2018: Government progressing e-invoicing
- Media release 17 October 2018: Government consults on e-invoicing governance arrangements
- Media release 25 October 2018: Australia and New Zealand sign Trans-Tasman e‑invoicing arrangement
- Webinar 16 November 2018: Trans-Tasman e-invoicing and Digital Capability Locator
- E-invoicing enabled by the NZBN.