Race discrimination 'surges' in Victoria

Complaints about race discrimination have surged in Victoria in the past year, with the state's human rights commissioner linking them to "inflammatory" political statements and media coverage.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission data shows race-related reports are up by 34 per cent and formally-lodged complaints by 76 per cent between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years.

"This sudden jump in race-related discrimination reports should be a wake-up call for politicians who have made racially divisive statements. Linking skin colour and crime causes more problems than it solves," Commissioner Kristen Hilton said in a statement on Monday.