On 17 April 2013 the NSW Heritage Minister, Robyn Parker, announced that the Tocal College campus buildings had been listed on the State heritage register because of their uniqueness and architectural significance. "The 1965 Tocal College complex is a modernist masterpiece and one of Australia’s leading agricultural learning institutions, set in the grounds of one of the country’s oldest pastoral homesteads and a still thriving farming complex teaching new generations about agriculture," Ms Parker said.
"It takes inspiration from the colonial farm buildings of the original 1841 Tocal homestead, with carpentry detailing that emulates the craftsmanship of builders a century and a half ago. The soaring roof trusses of the hall have the grandeur of a Gothic cathedral and were inspired by the Tocal barn designed 100 years before by Colonial architect Edmund Blacket."
The College itself was designed by leading architects Philip Cox and Ian McKay in 1963 and won the prestigious Sulman and Blacket awards in 1965 and 1966. The Sydney Style, of which the College is an excellent example, was influenced by Gothic and Japanese architecture, but used local craftsmanship and local materials to create a new, and uniquely Australian, style of design.