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  • eInvoicing for government

    How all levels of government are adopting Peppol eInvoicing to help small businesses.

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    Benefits of eInvoicing

    Adopting eInvoicing:

    • helps support small businesses become more digitally enabled and improves efficiency through better internal processing
    • makes it quicker and easier for businesses who supply us with goods and services to get paid
    • reduces administrative delays and payment issues.

    Australian Government agencies

    From 1 July 2022, all Australian Government agencies covered by mandate are eInvoicing-enabled. Check the full list of eInvoicing-enabled Australian Government agencies.

    Agencies can pay eInvoices in 5 days where both the supplier and buyer use Peppol eInvoicing. For more information, see Australian Government Supplier Pay On-Time or Pay Interest PolicyExternal Link.

    We support agencies to meet their obligations and onboard their suppliers.

    State and territory governments

    We work with states and territories to extend public sector eInvoicing adoption.

    For more information about eInvoicing adoption in your state or territory, email us at einvoicing@ato.gov.au.

    Local government

    We’re working to raise awareness of eInvoicing and its benefits amongst councils, their organisations and associations.

    We are also working with software providers to make eInvoicing options available.

    For more information and to find out how we can help, email us at einvoicing@ato.gov.au.

    Getting government agencies started with eInvoicing

    Many government agencies are using eInvoicing, including us.

    You can talk to your existing software provider or an eInvoicing service provider, including an eInvoicing Ready productExternal Link or accredited access pointExternal Link provider to get connected to the network.

    We’ve established the Peppol Capabilities and Associated Services Panel to help federal and state government agencies procure eInvoicing services. For more information, email us at PeppolPanel@ato.gov.au.

    Steps to help you prepare for eInvoicing

    Step 1: Identify how you process invoices now

    Review your business processes and requirements to understand your current state of invoicing. This includes:

    • how many invoices you send and receive, and how often
    • how you send, receive and process invoices and if you use purchase orders
    • identifying your top suppliers and buyers (by number of invoices)
    • if you use software and scanning tools to manage your accounts payable and receivable.

    Step 2: Find out about your eInvoicing options

    • Talk to different eInvoicing service providers including eInvoicing Ready productExternal Link or accredited access pointExternal Link providers.
    • Talk to your software providers to understand your existing software and tools, and whether they are or will be eInvoicing-enabled.
    • Establish your return on investment and other considerations to support your investment decision.

    Step 3: Get ready for eInvoicing

    • Understand and manage changes in business processes in your organisation.
    • Get your trading partners ready for the upcoming change.
    • Update your website with information and provide your ABN.

    Step 4: Onboard your suppliers

    • Test your solution with your trading partners.
    • Progressively onboard your trading partners. Focus on those with most benefit to your organisation, for example, high volume suppliers or high error rate invoices.
    • Transition as many trade partners to the eInvoicing channel to maximise the benefits.
    Last modified: 06 Dec 2022QC 63456