A surge in race discrimination complaints in Victoria is being blamed on inflammatory comments by politicians and media coverage.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission figures show race-related complaints are up by 34 per cent and formally-lodged complaints up 76 per cent year-on-year.
Reports alleging discrimination on the basis on race to the commission's public enquiry line rose from 470 in the 2016/17 financial year to 630 in 2017/18.
Formally-lodge complaints jumped from 77 to 136 over the same period.
"This sudden jump in race-related discrimination reports should be a wake-up call for politicians who have made racially divisive statements," commissioner Kristen Hilton said in a statement on Monday.
"Linking skin colour and crime cause more problems than it solves."
A six-month breakdown of race complaints revealed 75 were made in the first half of 2018, compared to 33 over the same period in 2017.
It follows months of political and media controversy over so-called "African gangs" in Melbourne.
Federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was criticised in January for claiming people were afraid to go out for dinner in Melbourne because of African gang violence.