The mistreatment of horses in Queensland, depicted in footage aired last night, is a matter of great concern.
State and territory governments are responsible for regulating animal welfare in Australia.
As an export facility, a departmental veterinarian is deployed to the abattoir that was the subject of the media report.
The role of the departmental veterinarian is to ensure that Australian export standards are met, including for animal welfare.
The department is working closely with Queensland authorities to ensure a thorough response to the issues raised.