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What is eInvoicing?

eInvoicing (or electronic invoicing) is the new standardised way to exchange  invoices through software. With eInvoicing invoices are able to be sent directly between buyers’ and suppliers’ software through the secure Peppol network. The Peppol network is a global network in operation since 2008 and in use in over 40 countries.

eInvoicing is different from other invoicing methods because it operates on an open network. Supplier’s invoices will be sent into the customer’s trading partners invoicing software removing the need to key in data or log into bespoke networks.

Because it operates on an open network it breaks down barriers for businesses to trade both here in Australia and overseas.

eInvoicing is applicable to business-to-business and business-to-government transactions.

For more information visit eInvoicing on the ATO website.

Getting involved with eInvoicing

To offer eInvoicing services or products you, as a Digital Service Provider, can either become an accredited Peppol Service Provider or connect your product to an accredited Peppol Service Provider.

Become an accredited Peppol Service Provider

To become accredited complete the Australian accreditation process for Peppol Service Providers which applies to all providers operating in Australia.

Successful Peppol service providers are listed on the accreditation Peppol service provider register.

Partner with an accredited Peppol Service Provider and become eInvoicing Ready

Partner your software with an Australian or New Zealand accredited Peppol Service Provider.

For products that partner with an accredited Peppol service provider to connect to the Peppol network, you can apply to become eInvoicing Ready.

For products that complete the eInvoicing Ready assessment process they will be listed on the eInvoicing Ready product register.

Peppol eInvoicing and other eProcurement implementations

The ATO is working with businesses and government entities to support them and learn from their implementation experience, including eInvoicing and other eProcurement document types with the Peppol standard (that is, purchase order). This work is building on the supply chain pilots program undertaken in the 2021–22 financial year.

The purpose is to:

  • demonstrate Peppol implementations across a variety of scenarios and industries
  • gain insights on how to maximise the value of eInvoicing and Peppol to share with the broader Peppol community
  • drive business adoption across supply chains.

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

See the Supply Chain Pilot Factsheet (DOCX, 222KB) for background information.

Consultation

The DSPANZ A-NZ Peppol All Stakeholders Working Group was established in late 2021 to discuss a range of implantation challenges. For further information including the terms of reference go to DSPANZ All stakeholder working group.

To register your interest contact eInvoicing@ato.gov.au.

Latest news

3 May 2022

Supplier pay on time policy update
From 1 July 2022, Commonwealth government agencies who receive eInvoices will need to pay them within 5 days, regardless of value. This removes the current payment threshold of $1 million.

15 December 2021

Treasury consultation - Supporting business adoption of eInvoicing
Government seeking consultation on further ways to support business adoption of eInvoicing, including by consulting on the idea of a Business eInvoicing Right (BER). A BER could support business adoption by giving businesses the certainty that when they invest in eInvoicing, they would be able to make use of it with their trading partners.

In addition to the BER, the Government also seeks stakeholder views on further measures to support business adoption of eInvoicing via the integration of eInvoicing with existing business processes.

11 May 2021

2021-22 Budget Measures
As part of the governments ongoing commitment to eInvoicing, the Government announced further investment to increase business awareness of eInvoicing as part of the 2021-22 budget and its Digital Economy Strategy

November 2020

Treasury consultation on Options for mandatory e-Invoicing adoption by businesses
The Government seeking consultation to accelerate the adoption of Peppol e-Invoicing in the private sector, including options for mandatory adoption by businesses. Such a mandate could be effective at increasing adoption by businesses, but it could also impose a significant regulatory burden on some businesses. Moreover, as e-Invoicing can deliver enhanced invoice processing efficiency and accuracy, this paper also seeks to consult on how a Peppol e-Invoicing mandate for businesses can reduce payment times from large to small businesses.

29 September 2020

Digital Business Plan
As part of the Digital Business Plan, the Government announced that:

  • the Commonwealth will mandate eInvoicing 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 eInvoicing across all levels of government and by businesses.

7 November 2019

Supplier Pay On-Time or Pay Interest Policy
From 1 January 2020, Commonwealth Government agencies will start paying e-Invoices within five days or pay interest on any late payments.

The five-day e-Invoicing payment policy will apply to contracts valued up to $1 million, where a supplier and a Commonwealth agency both use the internationally established framework for delivering and receiving invoices in an electronic form

31 October 2019

ATO becomes Australian Peppol Authority

6 September 2019

Australian Data and Digital Council Communique
The Australian Data and Digital Council met in Brisbane on Friday 6 September 2019, where the Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers considered a range of data collaboration projects and digital transformation priorities underway nationally to improve services to the Australian public.

25 October 2018

Trans-Tasman Electronic Invoicing Arrangement | Treasury.gov.au
On 25 October 2018, the Australian Assistant Treasurer and the New Zealand Minister for Small Business signed the Trans-Tasman Electronic Invoicing Arrangement.

The objective of the Arrangement is to create and maintain a common Australia and New Zealand e‑Invoicing approach in order to improve productivity and reduce the costs of doing business for both government and industry through an interoperable single digital economic market.

The Australia and New Zealand Electronic Invoicing Board will administer this arrangement.

Questions

Contact eInvoicing@ato.gov.au if you have any questions.

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