The Pacific Star is awarded for entry into operational service in the Pacific Theatre of Operations between 8 December 1941 and 2 September 1945.
Navy and Merchant Navy personnel are eligible if the 1939-45 Star is earned by six months service or if they entered the Pacific Theatre between 2 March 1945 and 2 September 1945.
The Pacific Star is awarded to Australian Civilian Personnel who served afloat with the United States Army Small Ships Section. Eligibility is the same as that for Merchant Navy personnel.
The six-pointed star is a yellow copper-zinc alloy. The obverse has a central design of the Royal and Imperial cipher, surmounted by a crown. The cypher is surrounded by a circle containing the words The Pacific Star.
Stars issued to Australian personnel have recipient names engraved on the plain reverse.
The ribbon has central yellow and green stripes that represent the forests and the beaches of the Pacific, flanked by dark blue, light blue and red stripes that represent the service of the Naval Forces and Merchant Navy, the Air Forces and the Armies.
The Burma clasp was issued for the Pacific Star.
When the ribbon is worn alone a silver rosette ribbon emblem is worn to denote the award of a clasp.