Local Court Magistrates can impose up to 2 years imprisonment.

The Court can specify that part of the Sentence can be served in the community, on parole.

For example a 12 month Sentence can have a 9 month non-parole period (in jail) with 3 months on parole.

As a last resort the Court can impose a Sentence, say 12 months, and then suspend the whole of the Sentence on condition that the offender enter a Section 12 Bond to be of good behaviour.

If the Section 12 Bond is breached the Court can order the Sentence to be served by full time jail.