Farm Economic Analysis Tool (FEAT)

The Farm Economic Analysis Tool (FEAT) is a planning and decision-making tool developed to assist cane farming enterprises. The main reason to use FEAT is to gauge the economic impact of changing from one farming system to another.

FEAT has a variety of additional functions and can also be used to; evaluate farm labour requirements, prepare cash flow budgets, analyse farm profitability and determine machinery contracting rates. 

FEAT is an Excel-based tool which calculates economic performance indicators based on specific production information entered by the user. You do not require financial records to use FEAT.

FEAT Version 3.1 builds on previous versions of FEAT and features an improved layout, simple data entry and easy to interpret outputs. A step-by-step FEAT user guide is now available.

Free for all Australian sugarcane growers (after registering)
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Release/publish date:
April 2016
Excel spreadsheet (.XLS)
System and software requirements:
PC; Microsoft Excel 97 onward

Product information

FEAT is not a cashbook program like MYOB or Quicken. It will not prepare figures for taxation purposes.

Licensing information

The use of the FEAT spreadsheet package and documentation is subject to certain terms and conditions. Please see the FEAT software licence for further details.


Once you have downloaded FEAT, you will need to register before you can use it. Please follow the instructions when you first open the downloaded file.

Download FEAT

Farm Economic Analysis Tool (XLS, 4.6MB)

Warning: this is a large file and may take some time to download.

If you have trouble downloading this file, please contact the Customer Service Centre .

FEAT User Guide

FEAT User Guide (PDF, 1.8MB)

FEAT Regional Scenario Example Files

FEAT Regional Scenario Example Files are available for Burdekin (Delta), Burdekin (BRIA), Mackay, Tully and Herbert.

Please see FEAT Regional Scenario Example Files for further information.


Group courses are run on demand to assist growers to become familiar with the spreadsheet. To find out about training opportunities in your area, please contact the Customer Service Centre .

Last updated 22 April 2016