The first City Council in Australia signs up for eInvoicing.
Devonport City Council is the first major council in Australia to join the move to Peppol eInvoicing after signing a deal with Access Point Provider, Link4.
Jeffrey Griffith, Deputy General Manager of Devonport City Council, said, “We wanted to be early adopters as we’re focused on improving invoicing processes for our suppliers. eInvoicing between Council and suppliers offers additional benefits over traditional PDF emailed invoices. It is the future of invoicing.”
Devonport City Council has a history of being focused on innovation and continuous improvement and have won several awards for their digital transformation program. Being recognised as a digital leader reinforces their efforts to improve operational efficiencies and service delivery to benefit members of their community.
Griffith said the Council’s strategy is simple; “cloud, mobility and simplify”.
The Council will use Link4 as their accredited Access Point to connect into Ezescan and TechnolgyOne.
CEO of Link4, Robin Sands said, “It’s great to see that not just federal departments are joining the network. We are seeing all types of organisations getting on board with improving the way Australian businesses manage their procure-to-pay processes.”
Small and medium businesses with a digital-first mindset are switching to eInvoicing and are coming up on top. EInvoicing is cheaper, safer, faster, efficient, and better for the environment compared to emailing invoices via PDF.
According to the Australian Taxation Office, paper and emailed PDF invoices costs between $27 and $30 to process, whilst eInvoicing costs less than $10. The cost savings are due to the reduced manual processes that are removed through eInvoicing.
With many eInvoicing service providers offering freemium solutions for small businesses, and a very simple one-time connection with their cloud accounting software, it brings forward the question as to why businesses aren’t getting on board.
“One of the biggest changes in 2022 will be around the adoption of e-invoicing,” said Sands. “Local governments and large enterprises are learning what thousands of SMEs already know – eInvoicing is a smarter, more efficient and safer way to do business.”