The highest state court is the Supreme Court, from which appeals can be made to the High Court of Australia.
Minor offenses are dealt with by magistrates in the Local Courts, while more serious cases are brought before a judge and jury in the District Court.
The state government is responsible for the administration of public health, hospitals, and medicine.
Family allowances are paid to parents with dependent children.
Despite this support system, poverty is a condition shared by many.
The members are elected to serve during two sessions of Parliament and thus serve for a maximum of eight years in their first term.
The cabinet is chosen from the party that commands a majority in the Legislative Assembly. Through the party system there is effective executive rule, which may, however, be frustrated by a failure to control the Legislative Council.