The equivalent of negligent driving in Queensland is careless driving which is driving without due care and attention. It is driving on a road, whether public or private, without consideration for the safety of other persons using that road or place.
Careless driving is less serious than dangerous driving. Offenders found guilty are fined and may be imprisoned for 6 months.
Upon conviction, courts will issue 3 demerit points. Courts can also disqualify a person from driving for a period of 1 month to absolute disqualification if warranted by the circumstances.
The police will usually charge a driver for careless driving if they determine that it is the driver that is at fault. In court, the police and prosecution will have to prove that the driving was done in a careless manner. The opposite will have to be proven by the accused, meaning that he drove with due care and attention.
If you have been charged with a traffic offence or are under Police investigation, it is important that you seek legal advice.