The botched pink batts scheme has prompted federal and state ministers to reform construction standards around Australia.

State governments have agreed to new construction standards designed to reduce red tape and prevent a repeat of the pink batts fiasco.

A forum of federal and state ministers on Friday threw their support behind reforms to the National Construction Code.

The changes include widening the regulations around training and licensing, as well as the standard of construction materials.

Enforcement of those standards, however, rests with local and state governments.

“We’ve achieved a huge amount of deregulation and reduction in red tape,” said Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry.

He said higher standards would encourage greater oversight from operators and certifying authorities.

The purpose of the reforms was to prevent mismanagement, as was identified in the Rudd government’s pink batts scheme by a Queensland coroner’s report on the death of Matthew Fuller and Rueben Barnes.

The Queenslanders, along with Mitchell Sweeney and Marcus Wilson from NSW, lost their lives while working under the $2.8 billion scheme.

“No one from any of the states, from any of the political parties, wants to see a repeat of the pink batts scheme, where people’s lives are lost,” Mr Baldwin said.