The US visa waiver program may make it easier to enter the States but from 8 September, there will be a small charge involved.
As one of the 36 signatory countries to the US visa waiver program, Australia offers the chance for citizens to enter the USA using the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). This allows tourists and business travellers to visit the US for 90 days before they require a visa and is valid for two years. Until now, this service has been provided free of charge but from 8 September travellers will be required to pay $US14 ($15.26).
Good news for travellers who already have electronic authorization is that no fee will be charged if you simply need to update travel details. For more information, visit www.esta.cbp.dhs.gov.