Minority governments are nothing new for Australian state politics. Here is a brief overview of previous Australian minority governments.
1940-41 Sir Robert Menzies forms conservative minority government with two Victorian MPs, which collapses after he's forced to resign and independents vote no confidence in the government.
States and Territories
1989-90 ALP forms government with five Greens, combining to throw out the incumbent Liberal Party through a no-confidence vote.
1996-98 Liberals under Tony Rundle form minority government with Greens' support.
2010 - onwards. Labor under David Bartlett forms minority government with Greens' support.
1991-95 Coalition forms minority government with support of independents, including Tony Windsor, who in 2010 is set to be one of those brokering a federal minority government.
1996-98 Nationals' Borbidge minority government forms with support of one independent. After a first term plagued by scandal and a One Nation preferencing controversy, the government is ousted in 1998.
1998-2001 Labor takes power from Borbidge government with its own minority government under Peter Beattie, with the support of one independent.
1998-2001 Liberals form minority government with support of independent Michael Moore, who is made a cabinet minister.
2008-onwards Labor's Stanhope government retains power, forming a minority government relying on Greens' support.
1999-2002 Labor Party under Steve Bracks takes power from coalition Kennett government, with the support of three independents.
1989-1993 Labor Party forms minority government with two "Independent Labor" members, but loses power to Liberals in 1993.
1997-2002 After a swing against it, the Liberal Party retains power forming minority government, with support of one National MP and two independents.
2002-06 Labor Party under Mike Rann forms minority government with independent Peter Lewis, who is made Speaker of the House.
2008 - onwards. Under Colin Barnett, the Liberal Party forms minority government with support of four National MPs and independent, Elizabeth Constable, who is made a minister and with loose support from two other independents.
2009 - onwards. Labor signs Parliamentary Agreement with independent Gerry Wood to form a minority government. Mr Wood cites "stability of government" as his motivation for signing.