The GLSC has set its goals for the period of 2013 – 2015. These are to:
- maximize Aboriginal control of land and sea within the region through native title and other means;
- assist claimants benefits resulting from Right to Negotiate;
- ensure that the voice of Aboriginal people is heard in relation to land, sea, heritage and environmental matters within the region;
- protection and management of Aboriginal cultural and natural heritage; and
- provide an effective representative service for Goldfields Aboriginal people; assist native title claimants to maximise the economic opportunities offered by native title and land acquisition.
The functions of the GLSC as a representative body are set out in s.203AD of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). These are, in summary to:
- facilitate the researching and preparation of applications for native title and native title compensation;
- assist in resolving disagreements between native title claimants;
- represent native title claimants in negotiations, proceedings, land use and access agreements and other matters;
- where appropriate, certify the proper basics for applications and registration of agreements; and
- become a party to Indigenous land use agreements.
The GLSC also performs other functions benefiting its position as peak Aboriginal land body for the Goldfields region.
The GLSC is committed to:
- providing a high standard of service to its clients;
- ensuring fair treatment to all those with whom it comes in contact;
- being truly representative of its members;
- avoiding conflicts of interest in decision making;
- having a proper system of decision review; and
- effectively communicating native title information to its members.