The First City Council in Australia Signs up for e-Invoicing.

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Posted by Link4 Team on 07/12/2021

Devonport City Council is the first major council in Australia to join the move to Peppol e-Invoicing 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.

Mr 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 says, “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 e-Invoicing 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 e-Invoicing costs less than $10. The cost savings are due to the reduced manual processes that are removed through e-Invoicing.

With many e-Invoicing 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,” says Sands. “Local governments and large enterprises are learning what thousands of SMEs already know – e-Invoicing is a smarter, more efficient and safer way to do business.”

About Link4

Link4 is an award winning, Peppol certified Access Point that provides seamless e-invoicing services throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.

Counted amongst Link4’s government clients (such as The Treasury, DISER, AOFM and APRA) are BOC Australia, the BGW Group, and thousands of Australian businesses that use Xero, MYOB or QuickBooks as their accounting system.

About Devonport City Council

Devonport City Council is a local government body located in the city and surrounds of Devonport in Tasmania. The council works in partnership with all levels of government and local community members to deliver services to the Devonport community.

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