Information Sheets

The Goldfields Land and Sea Council produces regular information/fact sheets, primarily to assist members of the GLSC with their understanding of the various issues confronting them and their communities.

If you would like to view/printout the full text of any of the following information sheets or download them, please click the title of your choice. You will need the Acrobat Reader program to undertake these tasks. If this is not currently installed on your computer the software can be downloaded free from the Web. Click here:

Native Title Act amendments - dismissal of unregistered claims (180 KB pdf)

This information sheet advises stakeholders of claims dismissed by the Federal Court as a result of amendment 190F(A) to the Act.  

Rights of Aboriginal people on pastoral leases in WA (500 KB pdf)

This brochure spells out Aboriginal people's access rights under the Land Administration Act 1997 (WA).  

Procedure for handling complaints from members, clients and the public (93 KB pdf)

This information sheet advises stakeholders who might object to decisions or actions of the GLSC on how best to pursue their complaint.  

Agreement for protecting heritage sites on exploration and prospecting tenements (110 KB pdf) 

This information sheet outlines the key points of an agreement signed in November 2003 by the GLSC, WA State Government and major mining industry representative groups for providing more secure protection of Aboriginal heritage in the Goldfields, while at the same time fast-tracking claimant processing of miners' tenement applications.

Applicant responsibilities (2) (62 KB pdf) 

This information sheet explains the obligations and responsibilities that native title Applicants and members of bodies corporate (Corporations) have to the claimants that they represent.

What the Ward decision (Miriuwung Gajerrong) means (147 KB pdf) 

This information sheet explains the ramifications for the Goldfields of the High Court's August '02 decision on the claim of the East Kimberley's Miriuwung Gajerrong people (principal claimant, Mr Ben Ward).

Goldfields Regional Heritage Protection Protocol (117 KB pdf) 

This information sheet explains the impact of the historic agreement (signed August 15) between the Government of Western Australia, major mining and prospecting representative organisations and the GLSC for providing improved protection of Aboriginal heritage in the Goldfields.

Getting things done with native title (69.6 KB pdf) 

The GLSC is in the vanguard of the Australia-wide push by Representative Bodies to progress the implementation of native title. This fact sheet documents the GLSC's achievements in facilitating 'future acts', establishing regional agreements with miners and local government and in acquiring land for Goldfields Aboriginal people. 

New responsibilities for GLSC (36.4 KB pdf) 

Following on from the GLSC's successful re-recognition in June 2000 as the Representative Body for native title in the Goldfields, under the amendments to the Native Title Act that were passed in 1998, the GLSC has some new responsibilities and has seen some changes in the way that it operates. 

Developing a Distribution Policy (277 KB pdf) 

The GLSC has drafted a policy for how native title claimant groups can go about distributing the benefits that might flow from agreements that they negotiate with organisations wanting to use their lands. This information sheet provides details of the draft policy that is being considered by claimant groups throughout the Goldfields.

Responsibilities of Applicants (79 KB pdf)

An explanation of the role and responsibilities of native title Applicants. Applicants are appointed by native title claimant groups to represent them in discussions and presentations to the Federal Court and/or the National Native Title Tribunal, and in negotiations with the proponents of 'future acts' applicable to the group's claim area.

Future Acts (42 KB pdf) 

An explanation of what a 'future act' is and the procedure which the GLC is developing, in conjunction with native title claimants, to assist in the orderly processing of future act applications

Body Corporates (45 KB pdf)

The Native Title Act requires that native title holders have a registered body corporate which can hold native title on behalf of the whole claimant group, once it has been determined. This Information Sheet explains how to go about establishing a body corporate and what its functions would be.