VICTORIA will push ahead with 1080 ground trials to control wild dogs as the Federal Government continues to block aerial baiting.
The State Government is expected to sign off on a ground baiting plan for inaccessible areas this week, as the stand-off over aerial baiting continues.
Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said a decision on when the ground baiting may start would be made this week.
Mr Walsh said aerial baiting needed a "total change in philosophy" from the Federal Government, which is demanding more trials on the impact on quolls.
Meanwhile the nation's leading wild dog expert has slammed Canberra's ban, saying it had more to do with public opinion than scientific evidence.
Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre national wild dog facilitator Greg Mifsud said four scientific 1080 trials showed no impact on native quoll populations.
Mr Mifsud said one trial in northern NSW used a baiting regime four times the Victorian proposal, yet had no impact on native animals.
He said rejection of Victoria's application by the Federal Environment Department seemed to give weight to public opinion over science.
"The only place on mainland Australia where quoll populations still remain in strong numbers are where they have large-scale wild dog and fox control programs (which) mostly consist of aerial bating," Mr Mifsud said.
"From a Victorian perspective, they are probably putting at risk their quoll populations because (the Federal Government) are refusing to effectively control wild dogs and foxes."