The BGLC is federally recognised to speak on behalf of the Wotjobaluk peoples with legal authority and obligations under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (NTA).
The BGLC represents the Traditional Owners from the first successful native title claim in south-eastern Australia and in Victoria, Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk Peoples v Victoria  FCA 1795.
Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) status in Victoria
The BGLC was appointed by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council as a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) on 14 September 2007 under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic).
Area of responsibility
In its role as a RAP, the BGLC is responsible for areas of the Wimmera and Southern Mallee region. The BGLC is the only body with legislative authority to make decisions about cultural heritage in this region.
This region includes parts of Mildura, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera, Horsham, Southern Grampians, Northern Grampians, Yarriambiack, Ararat, Pyrenees, and Buloke. See the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council's map of the boundaries in the documents below for a detailed description.
When first appointed, the BGLC's cultural authority covered the area of native title as recognised in the 2005 Federal Court of Australia determination. However, the BGLC's area of authority was extended on three separate occasions, 9 November 2007, 1 November 2012, and 18 October 2013. See the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council website for a detailed decision history.
Activities as a RAP
In recent years the BGLC has been heavily involved in management planning in the Dyurrite (Mt Arapiles) and Gariwerd (Grampians) areas in order to protect the heritage values of the Traditional Owners of these lands.
Beginning in November 2020, a series of on-country heritage surveys took place at Dyurrite and Gariwerd which led to temporary area closures for recreational activities such as bush-walking and climbing. These surveys were done to achieve greater heritage protections and to provide certainty for future recreational use. For more information see the BGLC website.