Candidate Statement – Teresa Mitchell

Teresa Mitchell is standing as a Demand Class candidate in this year’s auDA Board Elections. This is her candidate statement.

If you have any questions for her, you can post them below – or alternatively, you can email her directly.


teresa-mitchell-auda-candidateTeresa Mitchell is a Melbourne-born, business entrepreneur who has been involved in small business all her life. Teresa’s family gleaned business opportunities in Australia in the construction, agricultural and retail industry as migrants in the 1950’s starting in Melbourne, and then as the family grew, spreading across Australia.

Teresa moved to Gippsland and with her husband and started up a transport business. In recent years, Teresa started a company and opened the Business Support Centre a co-working space based in Warragul, Gippsland.

Through Teresa’s background encompassing both public and private sectors in Human Resources, Education and Training, Teresa provides comprehensive administration and human resource expertise to the start-up and small business sector.

Teresa is community minded, compassionate and dedicated individual seeking opportunities to support and assist organisations and individuals, especially young people, to excel and develop their potential, through mentoring, positive relationships and engagement with her extensive industry connections.

Teresa views the future of the Australian economy is through digital innovation and pursues opportunities to assist in this exploration.

Teresa advocates and influences policy for the Small Business sector at a Federal level through her position with the Council of Small Businesses of Australia and at a State level as a member of the Small Business Ministerial Advisory Council to the Minister of Small Business, Innovation and Trade.

Teresa is a CoderDojo Champion and HR Practitioner.

Current Board and Committee Positions

Director of Council of Small Businesses of Australia Ltd (COSBOA); Victorian Government Small Business Ministerial Advisory Council; Managing Director of La Concierge Pty Ltd; Deputy Chairperson of Gippsland Employment Skills Training (GEST Inc); executive member of Warragul Business Group; member of Gippsland Women in Business; Founding member of Business Network Alliance Victoria (BNAV); member of VECCI; Founding member of HUB Melbourne; Founding member of NAB Village; member of the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) and Committee member of AHRI Gippsland.

Past Chair of West Gippsland Advisory Group of Women Achieving Change (Victorian Government initiative) and Past Coordinator of Gippsland Women in Business.

2 thoughts on “Candidate Statement – Teresa Mitchell

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    November 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm
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    I wonder where Teresa stands on direct registrations.

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      November 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm
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      Hi Teresa,

      Where do you stand on direct registrations? Another additional .au extension and the damage and increased costs, red tape, IP issues it will force onto businesses and existing registrants.

      Have you read the official New Zealand report which shows the direct .nz extension has been a complete failure and 2015/2016 was the worst year ever for New Zealand domain name registrations and renewals directly in line with the implementation of the additional direct .nz extension?

      Will you contact the auDA CEO now and ask how the direct .au extension can be stopped and post it here?

      Do you think it is fair or transparent that 99% of existing domain name registrants do not know there may be another .au extension competing with their existing domain name and they where not emailed by auDA or ausRegistry with facts about it, surveys, requests for input and feedback etc?

      As a support centre for Small business do you see this as a massive problem auDA and board members did not properly due their homework on?

      Would you like to have to defensive register all of your existing names in another competing Australian extension, pay increased costs for branding, IP protection, domain registrations and renewals, stationary, IT set up, legal fees.

      Would you like a direct competitor to register your business names as the exact same name but instead of .com.au which you have they have .au competing against you or your small business clients?

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