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This Special Interest Group supports software developers and interested parties involved in the development and adoption of e-invoicing solutions in Australia, New Zealand and the greater region. ABSIA Director and Vice President, Simon Foster, is the current e-invoicing lead.

Where is e-invoicing now?

Australia and New Zealand are now live on the Peppol e-invoicing framework with government agencies showing interest in becoming access points. At the beginning of 2020, the government announced 5 day payment terms for contracts valued up to $1 million where Peppol e-invoicing is used. 

Over the coming year, we expect to see more government agencies interested in becoming access points to offer e-invoicing to their suppliers. Outside of the Government, driving adoption within the private sector and promoting the benefits of e-invoicing for all business types will be important. 

Current Australian accredited service providers can be found on the ATO's website

ABSIA & E-invoicing

ABSIA will continue our relationships with the ATO, Australian and NZ government agencies to support adoption and to continue educating about the benefits of e-invoicing. ABSIA aims to represent Members at Peppol based events and other e-invoicing related events. ABSIA is currently a member of OpenPeppol, the governing body of the Peppol framework.

ABSIA works with the following on e-invoicing:

  • OpenPeppol
  • ABSIA Members
  • E-invoicing providers
  • ATO (Australian Peppol Authority)
  • MBIE (NZ Peppol Authority)
  • Australian & NZ government agencies interested in e-invoicing

ABSIA has had a vital role in progressing A-NZ e-invoicing since 2015. Given our extensive work in this area, ABSIA Members are uniquely positioned to accelerate the development and adoption of e-invoicing in the Asia Pacific and create business opportunities for software developers in this sector. 

ABSIA's role so far:

  • October 2020 - Work on invoice content wraps up with outcomes to be published shortly. 
  • July 2020 - Invoice status and content workshops kick off co-chaired by ABSIA, ATO and MBIE. The intention is to develop an ANZ "Best Practice" implementation guide for e-invoice content and message response.
  • June 2020 - ABSIA submits to the ATO and MBIE's e-invoicing discussion paper on invoice status communication and kicks off monthly e-invoicing meetings for members and e-invoicing community.
  • December 2019 - First group of Australian accredited service providers live on the Peppol network.
  • December 2019 - The first e-invoice was sent in New Zealand.
  • November 2019 - ABSIA Members and Board Members attend the New Zealand launch of Peppol.
  • October 2019 - ABSIA's Simon Foster and Member Rick Harvey attend OpenPeppol face to face meeting where new Peppol branding is launched.
  • August 2019 - ABSIA submitted to the ATO and MBIE's consultation process for localised Peppol standards.
  • June 2019 - ABSIA hosted a follow up Peppol webinar for members. Materials can be accessed here.
  • April 2019 - ABSIA hosted a Peppol training webinar for interested software developers. Materials from this webinar can be accessed via our Forum here.
  • April 2019 - ABSIA presents at the Australian and New Zealand Government's 'Get ready for PEPPOL e-invoicing' engagement forum.
  • March 2019 - ABSIA sends a delegate to the 11th OpenPEPPOL General Assembly in Belgium alongside the Australian and New Zealand governments.
  • March 2019 - ABSIA joins OpenPEPPOL as an observer organisation. Peppol joins ABSIA as a Business Member.
  • January 2019 - ABSIA representatives meet with Peppol and the Trans Tasman Working Group and advise transition to Peppol standard.
  • January 2019 - ABSIA representative attends the official launch of Singapore's Peppol e-invoicing network and participates in the IMDA training workshop for software developers.
  • December 2018 - ABSIA represents the software industry at the Trans-Tasman Ministerial Roundtable on e-invoicing in Sydney - and recommends that the Trans Tasman Working Group re-examines the Peppol standard.
  • October 2018 - ABSIA hosts an international conference on e-invoicing for software developers in Melbourne. Members and software developers from across the Asia Pacific attend. Presenters include Australian Federal and State governments, the New Zealand government and the Infocomm Media Development Authority in Singapore.
  • October 2018 - ABSIA prepares a submission for Treasury representing the considered views of the software industry on the governance model and approach for Trans-Tasman e-invoicing.
  • February 2017 - ABSIA chairs the Governance Working Group for the Digital Business Council on e-invoicing. ABSIA is also represented on the Technical Working Group, DCL Working Group and Semantic Working Group.
  • October 2016 - ABSIA members (Squirrel Street and Ozedi) demonstrate the interoperability of the Digital Capability Locator using the draft Australian DBC e-invoicing standards at the ABSIA annual conference.
  • September 2016 - ABSIA stands up a prototype Digital Capability Locator (DCL) for members and developers for testing purposes.
  • November 2015 - ABSIA is a founding member of the Digital Business Council. The Digital Business Council was established to help government understand the makeup and technical frameworks for a modern digital Australian economy.

IMDA's Jane Lim speaking about e-invoicing

IMDA's Jane Lim presenting at ABSIA's 2018 E-invoicing Conference

How does the SIG work?

The e-invoicing SIG currently operates on the ABSIA Forum with meetups and webinars arranged as needed. All ABSIA Members can access the SIG on the Forum. Non-members and government can still participate in the main open e-invoicing category. 


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