Trans-Tasman e-Invoicing

In March 2018, the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand agreed to take practical action around common approaches to e-Invoicing, as a means to progress the Single Economic Market agenda.  This will build on the work of Australia’s Digital Business Council (DBC) and the ATO in developing an interoperability framework for e-Invoicing.

In light of the joint statement, a federal level steering committee and a Trans-Tasman e-Invoicing working group were established to lead the way in standardising e-Invoicing across government and the business sector in Australia and New Zealand.

What you need to know

Latest news

24 October 2018

Tune in to the Trans-Tasman e-Invoicing webinar on Thursday 8 November 2018 to find out more about the initiative and its objectives.

18 October 2018

We have made updates to the e-Invoicing interoperability framework and associated guides to extend the framework to the New Zealand economy.

The review undertaken has not identified any material technical changes to the documents available below.

The key changes included:

  • the Australian and New Zealand government position on pursuing common approaches to e-Invoicing
  • inclusion of New Zealand details to reflect the trans-Tasman context
  • currency updates to the international standards referred to in the documents
  • editorial changes.

The following documents are now available for your feedback:

Please use this template to provide your feedback (PDF, 16.2KB) by Friday 2 November 2018, and return to BRRSecretariat@ato.gov.au

12 October 2018

Trans-Tasman e-Invoicing interoperability framework

In July 2018 the e-Invoicing Trans-Tasman working group held a workshop to examine the current state of the Australian e-Invoicing environment and resolved to establish a robust, secure and fit-for-purpose Trans-Tasman e-Invoicing interoperability framework (the Framework). Consultation and co-design with industry stakeholders in both countries is underway. The key topics being considered by the working group include Identifier Policy, DCL use within New Zealand and Governance.

To implement e-Invoicing, digital service providers will need to adopt the Framework. Existing implementation guides are available at the DBC website. These guides will be subject to changes reflecting the extension of the Australian framework to the New Zealand economy and will be available later in October.

Digital Capability Locator

The Digital Capability Locator (DCL) is a critical component of the Interoperability Framework that enables ‘digital discoverability’, allowing a business to find the digital address of any other business in Australia and New Zealand, simply by using their business identifier (for example, the ABN or NZBN).

DCL testing

The ATO is currently running a project to deliver a DCL. The ATO DCL is open for testing by digital service providers through to mid October 2018.  While testing will continue, at this point a review will be conducted to consider the next steps of the DCL. This may include but is not limited to extending the test window to collect more information, moving to a Private Beta, assessing the DCL to ensure it is for purpose.

If you are ready to test or require further information on how to get involved please email DCL@ato.gov.au.

DCL authorisation   

Access to the DCL will be governed by an Authorisation process which consists of:

  • The ATO DSP Operational Framework (which applies to all DSPs accessing ATO digital services) and
  • Terms and conditions to cover DCL requirements that are outside the Operational Framework scope.

The DCL service was preliminary assessed under the DSP operational framework by the project and rated as low risk.  A formal assessment is underway.

Upcoming events  

e-Invoicing operational governance

The DBC and ATO had developed information about operational governance for e-Invoicing in the Australian context based on accepted industry practices and international standards. This information is relevant to the trans-Tasman approach, however an open consultation process needs to occur to ensure that the right governance model is established that will be appropriate for a cross-jurisdictional operation.

A two phase consultation approach to define a trans-Tasman operational Governance arrangement was approved by the relevant Ministers to be conducted in parallel in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Phase 1 - consultation with a targeted group of stakeholders (completed)
  • Phase 2 – preparatory work is underway.

Accreditation

The details of the accreditation requirements and process will fall under trans-Tasman e-Invoicing operational governance and will be subject to a co-design process.  Interim arrangements will be established in late 2018.