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What is e-invoicing?

Electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) is the automated exchange of invoices directly between buyers’ and suppliers’ financial systems.

E-invoices can be sent directly between a buyer’s and supplier’s software systems, as long as both are Peppol e-invoicing enabled.

E-invoicing is different from current invoicing methods because it operates on an open network – that means your software can interact seamlessly with your trading partner’s software. Supplier’s invoices will be automatically imported into the customer’s invoicing system – removing the need to key in data like we do today.

Because it operates on an open network, anyone can join, and it’s not limited by the accounting or invoicing package that you choose to use, or the country you live in. It breaks down barriers for businesses to trade both here in Australia and overseas.

For more information visit E-invoicing on the ATO website.


2021-2022 Budget Announcement

To reflect its ongoing commitment to e-invoicing, the government announced further investment to increase business awareness of e-invoicing as part of its Digital Economy Strategy.

29 September 2020

As part of the Digital Business Plan, the government has announced that:

  • the Commonwealth will mandate e-invoicing for all agencies by 1 July 2022, with over 80% of invoices being able to be received electronically by 1 July 2021
  • it will also consult on options for mandatory adoption of e-invoicing across all levels of government and by businesses.

Getting involved with e-invoicing

There are two ways your software solution can be e-invoicing enabled:

  1. you can partner with one or more access points who are Peppol certified, or
  2. you can become an access point yourself and achieve Peppol certification and become accredited in Australia.

Partner with one or more access points

A key concept of Peppol is 'connect to one – connect to all'. Once you connect to one Peppol access point, you are connected to all access points on the network, both domestically and internationally. By partnering your software solution with one or more access points (based on what best suits your commercial situation), you are connecting users of your software to the whole Peppol network. This will allow your software to be e-invoicing enabled.

The ATO has published a list of Australian accredited software providers to assist you.

Become an access point

Another option to enable your software for e-invoicing, is to become your own access point. To become e-invoicing enabled as an access point, you must complete accreditation. If you have already been accredited with a Peppol Authority in another jurisdiction, you can follow our streamlined process.

Peppol e-invoicing pilots

A series of e-invoicing pilots will be undertaken within 2021–22 financial year. The purpose of the pilots is to:

  • validate Peppol across a variety of scenarios
  • gain insights on how best to maximise the value of e-invoicing
  • drive adoption across supply chains.

Visit the Supply Chain Pilot Factsheet for more information.

To register your interest to participate in a pilot, please email the e-Invoicing@ato.gov.au.

Contact us

Contact e-invoicing@ato.gov.au if you have any questions. 

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