We are committed to working with businesses in an efficient, effective, economical and ethical manner to achieve better outcomes for all our goods and services providers.
We expect suppliers to act in an ethical manner and support our values so we can achieve mutual trust in our relationships. This is to ensure business dealings withstand public scrutiny.
Businesses and government agencies working with an ethical business relationship statement consistently achieve better results and reduce costs.
- improved business relationships
- reduced disagreements
- quicker and easier problem resolution
- support for considering innovations from business
- helping businesses advance their organisational objectives.
- fairness and professionalism
- the rule of law
- challenges and opportunities applying equally to us when conducting business with suppliers.
We are committed to the Australian Public Service (APS) Code of Conduct and APS values set out in the Public Service Act 1999. These identify government and community expectations about APS professionalism and integrity, and the values and principles that guide public administration.
Ethical business relationship statement
The ethical business relationship (EBR) statement details codes of conduct and mutual responsibilities in business dealings between the ATO and our suppliers.
We are committed to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our workers.
We regularly assess and control risks that may affect the health and safety of workers and third parties.
When doing business with us, contractors and suppliers are expected to contribute to a safe and healthy workplace by complying with certain principles and legislative requirements.
The Australian Government expects us to maintain a security environment that protects our functions and official resources.
The Protective Security Policy FrameworkExternal Link (PSPF) sets out the policies, practices and procedures all government departments and agencies must comply with.
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is an independent Australian Government agency.
The NACC's role is to prevent, detect, investigate and report on serious or systemic corruption in the Commonwealth public sector.
People who provide goods or services or who carry out functions under a Commonwealth contract fall under the NACC jurisdiction. This includes contractors, consultants and suppliers.
The Commissioner of Taxation has mandatory obligations to refer certain issues to the NACC for potential investigation. This includes corrupt conduct that has occurred in the past, even if the person has left the ATO.
How to report matters
You must report any suspected or witnessed corruption. You can do this through:
- ATO’s SpeakUp channel
- phone 02 62162919
- email SpeakUp@ato.gov.au
- The NACCExternal Link directly - this is called a voluntary referral.
For more information, visit nacc.gov.auExternal Link.
Records management is a crucial part of all government administration and accountability. It is the basis for maintaining documentary evidence of government activities and decisions that support good business practice.
It ensures records are managed in accordance with business, community and legal requirements.
The need for records management applies whether our business is conducted within government agencies or outsourced.
This section includes details about:
All invoices must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Invoices should no longer be sent directly to your ATO contact.
When you submit invoices to us, they must:
- include an invoice number
- include a purchase order number
- include the ATO contact name and email address (where there is no purchase order)
- be in PDF format (one invoice only per PDF attachment)
- have only one purchase order per invoice.
Supporting documentation can be provided but:
- it must be a separate document to the invoice, in Excel or Word format
- a separator sheet must be used between the invoice and supporting documentation. You can download the Separator sheet (PDF 28.2KB)This link will download a file.
eInvoicing is the ATO’s preferred channel to receive invoices and enables us to pay suppliers faster. eInvoicing is the standardised exchange of invoice information between suppliers' and buyers' accounting software through the secure Peppol network.
To start using eInvoicing:
- Check the eInvoicing Ready product registerExternal Link to find out if your existing accounting software is ready for eInvoicing.
- The requirements on the eInvoice are the same as traditional invoices.
- Refer to eInvoicing for government.
ATO suppliers under a contract or work order arrangement will automatically receive a purchase order (PO) notification when engaged to provide goods and services. A PO will also be issued when changes are made to an existing arrangement.
When and how you receive payment depends on the contract's cost, duration and complexity.
For some procurements, payment may be made in instalments, or at different stages of the contract. These are referred to as milestone payments. If this applies to you, refer to your contract for dates. Also check if performance or other dependencies are linked to payment terms.
Providing all required information on your invoice will ensure we can meet our obligations under the Australian Government's pay on-time policyExternal Link.See health and safety requirements, information security and record-keeping standards for ATO contractors and suppliers.