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  • eInvoicing for government

    The Australian Government is committed to delivering Peppol eInvoicing.

    Peppol is an international standard and network adopted by the Australian Government for electronic exchange of eInvoicing and other procurement documents.

    With over 1.2 billion invoices exchanged in Australia annually, savings to our economy are estimated to be $28 billion over 10 years.

    Consultation on options for mandatory adoption of eInvoicing across all levels of government and by businesses is ongoing.

    Commonwealth government agencies

    From 1 January 2020, Commonwealth agencies capable of receiving Peppol eInvoices began paying eligible eInvoicesExternal Link within five days, or pay interest on any late payments.

    As part of the Digital Business PlanExternal Link all Commonwealth agencies are mandated to adopt eInvoicing by 1 July 2022.

    The ATO is currently supporting agencies to meet their obligations, engaging with them and providing a range of tools and templates.

    State and territory governments

    The ATO is working with states and territories to extend public sector eInvoicing adoption.External Link

    The New South Wales Government has committed to eInvoicingExternal Link by 1 January 2022.

    The Queensland Government has also announced its commitment to developing eInvoicing capability.

    All other states and territories are considering how they approach eInvoicing.

    Email us for more information about eInvoicing adoption in your state.

    Local governments

    The ATO has engaged with all local government organisations and their associations across the country, raising awareness of eInvoicing and its benefits. We’re working with their software providers to make eInvoicing options easily available.

    Email us for more information and to find out how we can help.

    Benefits for government

    Adopting eInvoicing across all levels of government helps us support small businesses and improves our internal processing. Making it quicker and easier for businesses who supply us with goods and services can improve our relationships. It can also reduce administrative delays and payment issues.

    The benefits of eInvoicing include:

    • reduced manual data entry and less mistakes, resulting in 'cleaner' data
    • greater accuracy and timeliness of financial and budget reporting, giving a better overview of finances and procurement practices
    • reduced risk of fraud and scams perpetrated via email due to a more secure network and direct messaging.

    Getting government agencies started with eInvoicing

    Many government agencies have already started using eInvoicing, including us.

    You can talk to an eInvoicing service provider to get connected to the network. We’ve established the Peppol Capabilities and Associated Services Panel to help you procure eInvoicing services.

    Email Peppol Panel for more information.

    Steps to help you prepare for eInvoicing

    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.

    Find out about your eInvoicing options

    • Talk to different eInvoicing service 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 (ROI) and other considerations to support your investment decision.

    Get ready for eInvoicing

    • Understand and manage changes in business processes within your organisation.
    • Get your trading partners ready for the upcoming change.

    Onboard your suppliers

    • Test your solution with your trading partners.
    • Progressively onboard your trading partners focussing on those with most benefit to your organisation, for example, high volume suppliers or high error rate invoices.

    Get the most out of eInvoicing

    Transition as many of your trade partners to the eInvoicing channel to maximise your benefits.

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    Last modified: 17 Sep 2021QC 63456