VICTORIANS are being warned to celebrate Australia Day responsibly as new figures reveal it is the worst public holiday for violent assaults.Police will be targeting trouble hotspots and committing extra resources around the state to stamp out Australia Day violence.
Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright urged Victorians to have a good time but not let the fun get out of control.
"We know people will have a few drinks in celebration of the day but it's important to understand that one drink too many could lead to serious consequences," he said.
"We don't want celebrations hampered by stupidity."
Police will target the Melbourne CBD, St Kilda and the Mornington Peninsula, as well as organised community celebrations like Lake Wendouree in Ballarat.
Last year there were 109 assaults reported to police on Australia Day, with 122 reported on the same day in 2011.
The number of assaults on the national day of celebration was almost double that of an ordinary day.
About 115 assaults have been reported to police on Australia Day over the last five years, compared with an average of 70 reports on a typical day.
Restaurant, entertainment areas and public transport hubs will be patrolled on Australia Day, with police also running booze bus operations across the state to catch those who drink and drive.
Police will also crack down on illegal fireworks, focusing on foreshore areas and parks where families gather.
Young men between 18 and 24 were responsible for most of the bad behaviour, with assaults generally carried out in groups after 5pm.