Hirers have limited access to College facilities such as barbeque areas, car parks, paths, swimming pool and toilets. Events must not interfere with the College staff and student use of the facilities. Access to all residential quarters such as Student Accommodation, Gatekeeper’s Cottage, Daly Kidd Cottage, Glendarra residential quarters, Duty Officer Cottage, Dairy residential quarters and Bona Vista residential quarters are strictly off limits to the public.

Hirers must use the name "Tocal College, Paterson Campus" in all references to the location and address of the event, including any advertising or promotion of this event.

Afternoon bookings must conclude before 19.30.

Hirers are strictly prohibited from selling alcohol at the site. Private consumption of alcohol is by exception only and must strictly observe the Responsible Service of Alcohol practices in New South Wales. Alcohol must not be served to minors. Any person found to be intoxicated may be escorted off site.

By booking the site, the hirer accepts these terms and conditions, and the responsibility to inform all persons involved in the operation of utilising the site, of these conditions. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions or instructions by the College representatives specified can be sufficient grounds to have the event terminated immediately or persons not obliging removed.

Camping and caravanning are generally not permitted on the site.

Tocal College reserves the right to cancel any site hire if circumstances prior to or during the event may result in issues of safety or damage to property.

An event can be postponed within 12 months of the original date of the hire of the site by contacting the Bookings team on 02 4939 8888 or via email at tocal.bookings@dpi.nsw.gov.au, 7 days prior to a re-booking.

In the case of a cancellation due to wet weather, Tocal College must be notified prior to 9am on the day of the event and an email should be sent to tocal.bookings@dpi.nsw.gov.au and tocal.maintenance@dpi.nsw.gov.au. Please be aware that a credit for another date will be applied should the cancellation be due to wet weather. Tocal College reserves the right to cancel a site hire, if the hirer has not made payment in full by the due date.

Areas of the College are monitored by a CCTV network; hirers have shown their acknowledgement of this when booking the site.

Any litter, signage or equipment caused by the hirer must be cleaned and rectified at the conclusion of the event. Rice and flower petals are not permitted at any site.

A map must be supplied to indicate positions of marshalling areas on a cross-country route. Marshals are responsible for policing participant behaviour and minimising conflicts with other College and farm users. Participants must be fully supervised. The ratio of participants to teachers/carers must not exceed 20:1 (Preschool-Year 2) and 30:1 (Years 3-12).



Repair costs for any damage caused as a direct result of any event will be claimed by Tocal College. Tocal College will conduct audits pre and post event.

Wood-burning fires are not permitted; however, portable barbeques are allowed. In the event of a total fire ban, only electric barbeques can be utilised. Charcoal or heat beads from portable barbeques must not be disposed of on the site. Disposal on lawn or garden beds is not permitted.

Organisers of larger events should discuss first aid and similar risk management issues with the Tocal College Centre Manager on 02 4939 8811.

The hirer and its agents, guests, employees, contractors, or subcontractors, will indemnify and keep Tocal College indemnified against any loss or damage to the property of the College and against any legal liability for injury, death or damage to property of others arising from its occupation or its agents, guests, employees, contractors or subcontractors occupation of the site or activities under the agreement except to the extent that same is caused by the wilful or negligent act of Tocal College.

The hirer must comply with all laws including common law, principles of equity and all statutes, rules, regulations, proclamations, ordinances or by-laws, present or future and includes applicable Australian Standards and Codes of Practice (including all licences, approvals, consents, permissions or permits issued under same).

Participants in any event must not interfere with the farm livestock, flora or fauna. No birds, butterflies or other animals may be released. The hirer must avoid or minimise disturbance to others on the site, as well as avoid damage or disturbance to vegetation, wildlife, and park assets.

No livestock, including dogs, are allowed on site without the express permission of the Centre Manager, the Association Guide dogs or Assistance dogs (with documented proof).

As part of the site hire agreement, hirers and participants must comply with the reasonable directions of Tocal College. Maintenance staff incur a $200 fee for any requests regarding, but not limited to, garbage bins, mowing of grounds specifically for the hirer’s use, set up of site including seating, bunding, temporary fencing and signage. A request to tocal.maintenance@dpi.nsw.gov.au must be sent at least 7 days prior to the event.

No smoking is permitted on the Tocal grounds.

Amplified noise must be kept to a minimum so as to not disturb livestock, students and staff resident on site. The level of amplified noise must not exceed 5dBA above the ambient background noise, a legal requirement of the EPA. Amplified noise must be turned off by 9pm, in line with residential student noise curfews.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that payments are paid in full prior to the due date. Tocal College may cancel any site hire in the event that payment has not been made in full by the due date.



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On acceptance of the booking, the hirer is to hold or take out and ensure that every contractor and subcontractor engaged to work at the site, holds or takes out (in respect of any workers working at the site) an insurance policy covering Worker Compensation in the State of NSW. A Public Liability insurance policy, for an amount of no less than ten million dollars ($10,000,000) or such other amount as may be specified by Tocal College, for any single occurrence. The Liability insurance policy shall:

  • Cover the hirer and Tocal College for their respective rights and interests; and
  • List the primary purpose for hiring the site.

Tocal College reserves the right to decline event applications, adjust or vary terms and conditions, and apply bonds. Event fees and bonds are payable in advance. Fees are GST inclusive unless otherwise specified.

For events with a large number of participants, in excess of 75, the organisers will need to provide a traffic management plan and have this approved prior to the event. The traffic management plan will need to address how traffic will enter and exit the site safely from Tocal Road, how vehicles will be parked, and how traffic and pedestrians will be separated.

All events held on the outdoor areas of the Tocal Campus/Field Days precinct will be required to conduct a risk assessment and to have this risk assessment approved prior to the event. The risk assessment will be conducted to identify risks associated with the event and provide reasonable mitigation strategies.

Structures greater than 3m x 3m require separate approval and must follow all guidelines and requirements set by Tocal College. An engineers certificate upon erection must be provided as per guidelines to Tocal College staff. Any structure that requires the penetration of the ground, such as pegs for marquees, requires prior consultation with Tocal College Maintenance to ensure there is no damage to any irrigation or cabling systems. The approved location for your structure will be indicated with a map. The structure must not be moved from this location unless Tocal College staff has granted permission. Ground stabilisation pegs can cause damage. Structures must not be erected without a Tocal College Maintenance staff member being contacted on the day prior to erection.

Motorised vehicles are only permitted on gravelled and unsealed roads and car parks, unless prior arrangements to access lawns or footpaths have been made as part of the site hire agreement. Permission will usually only be granted to vehicles carrying equipment for site setup. Vehicles approved to access the site along pathways, before, during or after an event, may only do so if escorted by Tocal College staff. Drivers of authorised vehicles accessing service pathways or mown grass must travel at a speed suited to the conditions and below 10kph, obey sign posted road rules, give way to pedestrians and livestock, park so as to not block pathways, not drive, park, damage or turn on areas of unmown grass; turf, landscaping or other site assets or lock gates.

No commercial mobile vendors are allowed on site without a separate and additional approval. This includes ice cream vans and coffee vendors.