In recent years, the governments of Australia and New Zealand have been driving forward a digital transformation agenda, and with good reason – the savings to businesses and therefore the economy, can be huge. A significant part of this transformation involves the adoption of electronic invoicing, or eInvoicing.
For businesses that engage with government agencies in these countries, understanding and complying with eInvoicing mandates is important. In this blog, we will delve into the eInvoicing mandates in Australia and New Zealand, providing a comprehensive guide for suppliers looking to navigate this landscape.
Understanding the mandates as they are now
Both Australia and New Zealand have introduced eInvoicing mandates to accelerate the adoption of digital invoicing practices and streamline government procurement processes.
In Australia, the eInvoicing mandate is set by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). All federal government agencies are required to ne able to receive eInvoices.
In New Zealand, the mandate is driven by the New Zealand government’s Digital Public Service (DPS) initiative. Government agencies are mandated to be able to receive eInvoices as of last year, and it’s encouraged for suppliers to use eInvoicing to interact with the government.
How suppliers can use eInvoicing
Complying with eInvoicing mandates can seem complex, but breaking it down into a series of steps can simplify the process:
- Assess your current software: Begin by evaluating your current invoicing software. Determine if it can generate eInvoices in the required format (usually PEPPOL BIS Billing 3.0) and if it is compatible with compatible with eInvoicing in Australia and New Zealand.
- Choose an Access Point provider if your software doesn’t already: If your software doesn’t have an Access Point in the background, select an accredited Peppol Access Point Provider to facilitate your eInvoicing transactions. These providers act as intermediaries, ensuring secure and compliant transmission of eInvoices between your business and government agencies.
- Upgrade your software: If necessary, make the required adjustments or upgrades to your invoicing software to generate eInvoices compatible with the Peppol eInvoicing framework. Your software Provider can guide you in this process.
- Register on the Peppol network: Register your business on the Peppol network. This involves obtaining a Peppol ID which is normally just your ABN or NZBN, which uniquely identifies your business for eInvoicing transactions. You should already have a Peppol ID.
- Test Transactions if your software isn’t already eInvoicing enabled: If your software isn’t already eInvoicing enabled, you may need to conduct test transactions with your chosen Access Point Provider to ensure that everything is functioning correctly.
- Communicate with your government clients: Inform your government clients that you are ready to send eInvoices through the Peppol network. Coordinate with them to ensure a smooth transition.
- Implement eInvoicing as standard: Once you’ve completed these steps, make eInvoicing your standard invoicing method for government transactions. You may also have other customers, not in government, who can also receive eInvoices.
Benefits beyond compliance
eInvoicing can enhance your efficiency, reduce administrative costs, minimise errors, and facilitate faster payments. Plus, it positions your business as a forward-thinking and compliant partner, potentially opening doors to more government contracts and business opportunities.
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