Date posted: 14/12/2020 3 min read

Treasury considers mandatory adoption of e-Invoicing in Australia

Treasury is seeking views on further actions to accelerate the adoption of PEPPOL e-invoicing in the private sector.

In Brief

  • In 2019 Australia adopted the Pan-European Public Procurement Online framework (PEPPOL)
  • Australian Government announced as a part of the 2020-21 budget that they will seek to accelerate the adoption of PEPPOL
  • e-Invoicing is a way to automate invoicing processes, lowering processing costs and payment lead time

The Australian Government announced as a part of the 2020-21 budget that they will seek to accelerate the adoption of PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online) e-invoicing, starting with the public sector.

Treasury is currently seeking views on further actions that can be taken by Government to accelerate the adoption of PEPPOL e-invoicing int eh private sector, including option for mandatory adoption by businesses.

What is e-Invoicing?

e-Invoicing is the direct exchange of invoice data between financial systems. Similar with the way in which users on different mobile phone networks can speak to each other, e-Invoicing works through the Pan European Public Procurement Online (PEPPOL) interoperability framework. PEPPOL is currently used by over 30 countries.

e-Invoicing provides businesses, regardless of size or financial management system, with a way to automate their invoicing processes, lowering processing costs and the lead time in receiving payment from customers, as well as improving financial management visibility.

Australia & PEPPOL

In 2019, Australia adopted the PEPPOL (Pan-European Public Procurement Online) framework. In the same year, Trans-Tasman e-Invoicing formally launched in New Zealand and Australia with the Australian Commonwealth Government announcing they would start paying some e-Invoices within 5 days for PEPPOL suppliers.

Treasury consultation

Treasury is currently seeking views on PEPPOL e-Invoicing adoption including feedback on the barriers to businesses adopting PEPPOL, the costs and benefits of mandating PEPPOL as well as three options for the potential mandating of PEPPOL:

  • Option 1: The Government should mandate that all businesses be able to send and receive PEPPOL e-Invoices, starting with large businesses.
  • Option 2: The Government should mandate only that large businesses be able to send and receive PEPPOL e-Invoices.
  • Option 3: The Government should take a non-regulatory approach to PEPPOL e-Invoicing adoption by businesses.

We are seeking views from members to help us shape CA ANZ's response.

Please contact the business reform team at businessreform@charteredaccountantsanz.com by Monday 11 January 2021.

Options for mandatory adoption of electronic invoicing by businesses

Read Treasury's consultation paper on options for mandatory adoption of electronic invoicing by businesses.

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Trans-Tasman e-Invoicing officially launched

Find out more about the formal launch of e-Invoicing in New Zealand and Australia.

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