Agricultural tenancy

​​​​NCAT can hear and decide applications about agricultural tenancy disputes.

Agricultural tenancy laws apply to farms that are one hectare or larger, occupied or used by a tenant, and used wholly or mostly for agricultural purposes.

Disputes include land deterioration or land condition, weed growth, financial benefits flowing from the use of the land or making of improvements, and termination of the tenancy.

How to apply

Download and complete an application form. Lodge your application at any NCAT Registry Office, NSW Fair Trading or Service NSW Centre.

 Commercial List Application Form [PDF, 240kB]


Fees are payable for agricultural tenancy applications. View the fees and charges schedule or apply for a fee waiver.

Time limits

You must apply to NCAT within 3 months of the dispute arising or ending the tenancy. 

If you apply outside of the time limit, you can request a time extension as part of your application. NCAT will not always agree to a request for a time extension.

What happens next

Agricultural tenancy cases are generally listed for conciliation and hearingCheck the correspondence or notices you receive from NCAT carefully and follow the instructions provided. 

Orders NCAT can make

NCAT can make the following orders in agricultural tenancy cases:

  • Payment for an amount of money or compensation (not exceeding $500,000)
  • Termination of a tenancy
  • Orders to remedy a​ breach of a term of a tenancy
  • Orders requiring an action to be done
  • Amendment of record of condition of farm
  • Access orders to recover goods or fixtures.

Final orders made by NCAT are legally binding and enforceable. Learn more about orders and enforcement

Legislation that applies to this type of case

Agricultural Tenancies Act 1990  
Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2013