Operating as a Sole Trader is the simplest business structure in Australia. Going it alone has some great benefits but also can carry some risks, but we won’t go into that here. There is plenty of advice online about business structures for Australian businesses.

We are only intereseted in what it looks like from an invoicing perspective.

Invoice requirements for Australian Sole Traders

Invoice requirements for a sole trader are the same as for any business or company operating in Australia.

Let’s tick off the must-haves first:

  • ABN – your invoice must show your ABN (Australian Business Number)
  • Your identity – Your business name or trading name
  • The date – the issue date of the invoice
  • Items sold – include a description, price and quantity as well as GST if applicable
  • GST – the amount of GST that is payable (if any)

As well as the above items, your invoice also needs to include the buyers identity or ABN if the value of the invoice is over $1,000.

Can I issue my invoice electronically

Yes, you can issue your invoice electronically (such as via email or with a link). You are not required to issue the invoice in a paper format.

Issuing the invoice to your client electronically is preferred to be done in PDF format, although it can be issued in any format as long as the invoice contains all of the information required for a tax invoice and is readily accessible.

Simple Invoices makes this easy to do. You can send your invoices to the clients email with just a few clicks and they will receive a link to the invoice and you also have the option of attaching the invoice in PDF format.

Does Simple Invoices have sole trader invoice templates

Yes, all of our invoice templates are suitable for Australian sole traders. Our invoice templates can be used for builders, plumbers, electricians, web designers, graphic designers, freelancers of any kind and just about any type of Australian sole trader.

Register today to check out our templates and to start sending free invoices.